Student program advisers have a wealth of experience and expertise. We encourage you to share your knowledge by writing for Advise magazine.

Review the topics below and submit your article to [email protected]. If there is another topic you would like to write about, please use the same email address to contact us. You can also view the submission guidelines.

FALL 2021

Submission Deadline: May 21

  • Silver Linings brought to light by COVID. Stories of resilience, hope, and realizations. What does the "new normal" look like? Include info advisers can learn from and incorporate as they move forward.
  • Prudential Award winners
  • Rynearson Advisers of the Year
  • Supporting Student Leaders Webseries Crossover
  • How to get confidence in public speaking without authentic public speaking experiences (virtual environment)


Submission Deadline: August 20

  • Equity and Service: Service as a privileged concept—how can students achieve service hours when they have afterschool jobs/other responsibilities? What do you do when someone can’t fundraise enough or pay dues?
  • Idle/Uninterested/Unengaged Students: How to get students excited about their chapter or council and making a positive difference? How do advisers tackle student apathy?
  • Shull Advisers of the Year
  • Supporting Student Leaders Webseries Crossover
  • Building the “first steps” of leadership in a safe environment; introducing students to skills they’ll need later


Submission Deadline: November 11

  • Adviser Personal and Professional Development: How is it pursued, valuable resources, and how can advisers make time for it? Could also explore collaborative leadership
  • Unexpected Successes: Anecdotes from several advisers that showcase outside-the-box thinking and the success that followed
  • The Role of Advisers in Digital Citizenship: How they can educate students on cyber responsibility, information literacy, cancel culture, and more
  • Supporting Student Leaders Webseries Crossover
  • How to cultivate an interest in global issues and policy with middle level students


Submission Deadline: February 9

  • Lessons Learned; Advice from veteran advisers to new ones
  • Post-secondary Preparedness: How can the adviser impact this? Problem solving, soft skills learned thanks to student leadership
  • Ensuring engagement on social during summer break—keeping your story going
  • Supporting Student Leaders Webseries Crossover
  • Building student voice and empowerment; preparing them for high school and beyond

Article Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts should explore one of the themes or other topics of professional interest to National Student Council advisers, National Junior Honor Society advisers, and National Honor Society advisers. Manuscripts are reviewed by the Advise editorial team and are evaluated based on their relevance, interest to advisers, timeliness, originality, readability, and credibility. Advise seeks articles that:

  • Describe best practices and exemplary programs objectively and include evidence of success, as well as a discussion of barriers or problems.
  • Address replicability and provide details about planning and process.
  • Include research as appropriate and necessary.
  • Explain how advisers can act on the information.
  • Include tips, advice, resources, and examples for sidebars.
  • Offer opinions on some topic of professional interest to advisers.

Manuscripts should be no more than 2,000 words, but may include additional supplemental material. Successful manuscripts are written in a tone and style appropriate to a magazine; are well-organized; clearly establish the purpose of the article; use specific examples-it is best to show, not tell; summarize relevant research succinctly; and adhere to the rules of grammar.

How to Submit
Please send your manuscript to [email protected] and include:

  • The manuscript prepared in MS Word.
  • A cover letter that indicates your intention to submit the manuscript to Advise magazine and stipulates whether the manuscript has been submitted elsewhere.
  • Contact information for each author: affiliation and title, mailing address, telephone number, and email address.
  • A two-sentence author identification for publication. The first sentence should include a current title, affiliation, and email address; the second sentence should highlight key accomplishments or reinforce your authority in discussing the topic.

Important Considerations

If you’d like to send photos to accompany your article, please attach the JPEG files to an email and send them to [email protected]. (Photos should be at least 4″x6″ at 300 dpi or better.) Include a photo credit and a brief caption that identifies the school and the context. NASSP does not identify individual students and does not require release forms. If no photos are available, NASSP will select file or stock art to enhance the article.

If you use an extended quotation (including charts, graphs, and tables) from another publication, you must obtain written permission from that publisher before submitting the manuscript to Advise. This permission must accompany the manuscript and be properly credited.

As publisher, NASSP protects its rights and those of its authors from copyright infringement. An author who requests permission to republish his or her submission generally receives it, with the understanding that the author will cite NASSP as the original publisher. Each author is responsible for the accuracy of references, quotations, tables, and photo releases and should inform NASSP if the article has been published elsewhere. In accepting a manuscript, we ask the author to sign a statement that:

  • The submission is original.
  • NASSP has permission to edit, publish, and copyright the submission.
  • NASSP may republish the submission or any part of it in any future publication.
  • NASSP may grant the right to reprint the submission in whole or in part.

The Process

  • Within a few days, you’ll receive an email acknowledging receipt of the manuscript.
  • Within 8 to 10 weeks, you will receive a letter of decision. If a manuscript is accepted, it may be months before a publication date is assigned.
  • If the article is accepted, you will receive an Intellectual Property Transfer to sign. (See previous section for a discussion of copyright.)
  • Editors will be in occasional contact with you to discuss revisions.

If you have questions, please contact:
Ashley Reid, Senior Managing Editor
[email protected]