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The Journal of Teaching Effectiveness and Student Achievement

Data from the National Center for Education Statistics (2011) indicates that almost a third of America’s teachers leave the field sometime during their first three years of teaching. The attrition rate for those who enter through some alternative pathway can be as high as 60%. New teachers cite classroom management, ESL, and lack of preparation or support as key reasons behind their decision. Therefore, additional training that increases new teacher confidence and preparation is vital. Quality training for teachers entering 21st century classrooms and appropriate instructional practices for today’s learners is a must.

The College of Education at Angelo State University publishes a peer-reviewed journal annually. The Journal of Teaching Effectiveness and Student Achievement is dedicated to the dissemination of research emphasizing teacher preparation, successful school cultures, teacher quality, instructional effectiveness, innovative pedagogy, and educational practices with student achievement in mind.

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Meet the Editors


Dr. Amy Williamson is currently an Associate Professor in the College of Education at Angelo State University. There, she serves as the Program Manager for Graduate Teacher Certification.  Amy began her career as an English teacher in Georgia and has more than 12 years of experience in education as a teacher and consultant. She considers her work as an advocate for new teachers crucial to the educational landscape of 21st century classrooms, and serves in a number of leadership and editorial board positions. Her research interests include the use of literacy strategies in secondary classrooms, addressing classroom diversity, teacher quality and preparation, online teaching, and international education.



Dr. Blake Hightower is currently an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Angelo State University.  He serves as the Program Manager for the Master of Education degree in Educational Administration, the Principal Certification Program and Superintendent Certification Program.  Dr. Hightower’s teaching experience includes 17 years of K-12 experience encompassing an array of subject content areas and multiple grade levels. His career also includes 10 years of school administration experience to include serving as a Leadership Development Consultant and School Turn-around Specialist at Education Service Center 18.  Dr. Hightower’s research interests include the role of education in preserving democracy, social justice within public school settings, and the migration of graduate education into virtual learning environments.


Editorial Review Board

Many thanks to the following for serving as

reviewers for the Journal for 2013/2014

Ms. Saler Axel

Doctoral Candidate, Southern Methodist University

Dr. Marcia Bolton

Associate Professor, Widener University

Ms. Anitra Butler

Lecturer, Towson University

Dr. Suzanne Colvin

Associate Director, School of Teaching and Learning, University of Florida

Dr. Rocio Delgado

Associate Professor, Trinity University

Dr. Carl Dethloff

Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and Professional Development, San Angelo ISD

Dr. Vicky Dill

Senior Program Manager, Texas Homeless Education Office,

University of Texas at Austin

Dr. George Fero

Professor, McKendree University

Dr. Joyce Finch

Assistant Professor, Texas Southern University

Dr. Leanne Howell

Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor, Baylor University

Dr. Dionne Jackson

Assistant Professor, Hendrix College

Dr. Latasha Jones

Clinical Assistant Professor, Georgia State University

Dr. Kriss Kemp-Graham

Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University- Commerce

Ms. Carol Marlar

Director of Instructional Services, Wichita Falls ISD

Dr. Ramona Pittman

Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Mr. Dan Quinn

Executive Director, Great Lakes Center for

Education Research and Practice

Dr. Devery Rodgers

Assistant Professor, Mount St. Mary’s College

Dr. Marva Solomon

Assistant Professor, Angelo State University

Dr. James Taliaferro

Superintendent, Texas Tech University ISD

Dr. Tracy Taylor

Director of Assessment, Research, and Program Review,

Ector County ISD

Dr. Mary Webb

Remote Associate Professor, Texas A&M University-Commerce

Dr. Alaric Williams

Assistant Professor, Angelo State University

Call for Manuscripts

For the 2015 Winter issue, the journal is soliciting articles designed to promote student achievement through the effective preparation and retention of new teachers.


  1. Manuscripts should not exceed 15 typewritten pages, including references, charts, and tables.
  2. All manuscripts should conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2009, 6th ed.), including an abstract of 100-150 words.
  3. Authors must submit a cover letter explaining the relationship of the article to the journal’s purpose. The author must indicate that the manuscript represents original material and is not currently under consideration by any other publication.
  4. A cover page should include the following: title of the manuscript, author’s name and affiliation, contact information (email, phone, address), and a brief bio of the author(s), not exceeding 50 words per author.
  5. No identifying information (last name, affiliation) should be included beyond the cover page.
  6. Please include page numbers.

Submission Deadline:

Submissions are due by November 1, 2014 and should be made electronically to

The Journal of Teaching Effectiveness and Student Achievement editorial team will evaluate articles submitted for publication consideration. Manuscripts must adhere to the guidelines above, and authors should expect to receive notification of the publication decision within 6 weeks of the deadline. The editor reserves the right to make editorial changes, but any significant proposed changes will be discussed with the primary author prior to publication.

Reviewer Info

If you are interested in serving as a reviewer for the Winter 2015 issue, please send an email indicating your interest, as well as a copy of your vita and review experience, to Dr. Amy Williamson, Editor, at, or Dr. Blake Hightower, Assistant Editor, at  


The following timeline is expected for the 2015 Winter Issue:

Deadline to apply/volunteer as a reviewer for the 2015 issue         October 15, 2014

Manuscripts Due                                                                              November 1, 2014

Editorial Board Reviews                                                                   November 2014

Authors Contacted with Editorial Decision                                       Early December 2014

Editing and Final Changes Due                                                       Mid-January 2015

Winter Issue Available                                                                      Late February/Early March 2015