Anyone in the school counseling profession is welcome to submit to SCOPE. Graduate students are especially encouraged if they are supported by their professors. Since we pay the rent for this space, we’re imposing a few guidelines (see below). The NY Times offers this about their op-ed pieces, “We're interested in anything well-written with a fact-based viewpoint we believe readers will find worthwhile.” So, basically what they said.
There are many topics that are relevant to school counseling but SCOPE is more about purpose than practicality. Wax philosophical, get geeky and consider bigger questions like:
What advocacy efforts will convince the public of our value?
How will we stay relevant as education and society evolve?
Why is our professional identity more important than ever?
The best arguments are made when they are supported by research so get into the literature. A full-fledged research paper is not what SCOPE is after but use scholarly sources to emphasize your main points. Find the stats, studies, books, articles and reports that make reading your piece an intellectual exercise. If you have access to a university library, you’re golden! If not, Google Scholar is a good place to start.
SCOPE reaches a professional audience so use a tone that makes readers take seriously what you have to say. Blaming and shaming aren’t the school counseling way so use your words to persuade rather than patronize. There are times and places to rant, SCOPE is neither of those. If you’re not sure how you’re coming across, have a friend or colleague give you their take on your tone.
Once you’ve tackled the above, adhere to the following:
400-1200 words: make them count!
Run your piece through Grammarly (get a free account or students and faculty may have access to licenses through their university)
Cite at least 2 scholarly sources in-text and as APA style references at the end
Send to email@example.com and await next steps!