Purpose of the Journal

Education in a Democracy: A Journal of the NNER is a peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the National Network for Educational Renewal (NNER). The journal is published once each Fall in an on-line format, and aims to foster inquiry related to the mission of the NNER and the Agenda for Education in a Democracy (AED). Articles should inform the NNER network about issues, policies, and practices that relate to the advancement of the AED. The publication aims to increase engagement and participation across the various parts of the network (higher education faculty, faculty in arts and science, faculty and staff in P-12 settings, and community members interested in education); therefore, articles involving collaboration among these groups are encouraged for submission and review.

The AED focuses on:

  • fostering in the nation’s young the skills, dispositions, and knowledge necessary for effective participation in a social and political democracy;
  • ensuring that the young have access to those understandings and skills required for satisfying and responsible lives;
  • developing educators who nurture the learning and well-being of every student;
  • ensuring educators’ competence in and commitment to serving as stewards of schools.


National Network for Educational Renewal (NNER)

The National Network for Educational Renewal delivers leadership development and support to a growing membership of institutions of higher education, local education agencies, and communities. The goal is to improve simultaneously the quality of P-12 education for thoughtful and informed participation in a democracy and the quality of preparation of educators for our schools.

The members of the network, called “settings,” include partnerships of university faculty in the arts, sciences and education, public school educators, and engaged citizens of the wider community. All are engaged as equal partners as they strive to pursue the Agenda for Education in a Democracy. The simultaneous renewal agenda, as outlined in John Goodlad's books Teachers for Our Nation's Schools and Educational Renewal: Better Teachers, Better Schools, is based on the assumptions that we will not have better schools without better teachers, and that we will not have better teachers without better universities in which teachers can learn, practice and develop.

Created in 1986, the NNER supports the institutional and social infrastructure necessary to the advancement of the simultaneous renewal agenda over time. The network’s activity is characterized by sharing successes and challenges, ongoing dialogue that examines the conditions necessary to implement the Agenda, sharing approaches to problem solving, and developing systems of mutual support and assistance among members. Central to the network’s mission is a commitment to advancing opportunities for everyone to fully participate in quality education and therefore fully participate in our political and social democracy.
Source: NNER Website

Editor Updates

Welcome to Volume 5 of Education in a Democracy. As Co-Editors it has been a pleasure to work with the NNER membership to produce it. We hope that you'll find much that is useful here and that as you read on you might consider how your current work could appear in future volumes.

Attendees at this year's NNER Conference in Albuquerqu, NM will receive a paper copy of the journal. As we interact with Volume 5 throughout the Fall and through the Conference, we will be encouraging individuals and teams to convert their conference papers and other projects into submissions fit for review for our 2014 volume. For best consideration for publication in Volume 6 in 2014, submissions should be sent to us for review by March 31, 2014. We hope to receive a good number of strong papers for consideration. Thank you for supporting this journal with your attention, dedication, and scholarship.

The 2014 NNER Journal Editorial Leadership will be at University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Josie Tinajero will be serving as the editor.

The Volume 4 edition of Education in a Democracy has been published. However, it was not distributed. Please visit our "Current Issue" page to review the Volume 4 edition.


2013 Editorial Board

The editorial review for the journal is coordinated by an editorial board whose members are selected by the Governing Board of the NNER.

Audrey Allan, York School District One
Beth G. Costner, Winthrop University
Caroline Everington, Winthrop University
Lisa E. Johnson, Winthrop University
Carolyn Jordan, Lancanster University
Stephanie Milling, Winthrop University
Jennie F. Rakestraw, Winthrop University

Editorial Assistant


Contact Us

For questions about the journal please contact:

Dr. Jennie Rakestraw (rakestrawj@winthrop.edu)
Dr. Lisa Johnson (johnsonle@winthrop.edu)