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National FORUM of Applied Educational Research Journal 27(1&2) 2014, NATIONAL FORUM JOURNALS ((Founded 1982), Dr. William Allan Kritsonis, Editor-in-Chief - www.nationalforum.com

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  • 1. NATIONAL FORUM OF APPLIED EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL VOLUME 27, NUMBERS 1 & 2, 2014 Special Issue: Creating an Opportunity for All Students to Learn Guest Editor’s Preface Reginald Leon Green For over a decade, we have been engaged in the standards, competencies, and accountability movement. Students are being assessed for proficiency; teachers are being assessed for effectiveness, and educational researchers and writers are advocating that principals become instructional leaders, all with the intent of enhancing the academic achievement of each student, an admirable goal. However, despite the increased attention and diligent efforts of a large number of educators, underperforming schools remain, and some students attending those schools remain underachievers. It is the position of the guest editor of this special edition of the National FORUM Of Applied Educational Research Journal that a major contributing factor to this phenomenon is the failure of some school leaders to provide many failing students (if not all) with an opportunity to learn (OTL). Students must have an opportunity to learn the content and skills which schools are held accountable for teaching. In order for this to occur, equitable conditions or circumstances that promote learning for all students must exist within the school and classroom. Contributing issues can also include culture, climate, and the absence of peak experiences. When students have an OTL, school leaders remove barriers that prevent learning, provide peak experiences, and place emphasis, not only on educational inputs and student performance outputs, but also on the importance of students having access to learning. Over the years, this hypothesis has surfaced in various emanations such as a research constructs, equity assessment frameworks, and finally, as policy orientation. Research has shown that when these conditions do not exist, students can be pushed to the margin of the school. In this special issue, we argue that there are sufficient instructional strategies, practices, processes, and procedures in the literature, as well as in practice, that inform an evidence-based approach to providing each student an opportunity to learn and maximize his or her full potential. In addressing this proposition, the authors of this special issue of the National FORUM Of ix
  • 2. NATIONAL FORUM OF APPLIED EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL VOLUME 27, NUMBERS 1 & 2, 2014 Applied Educational Research Journal conducted an empirical review of the educational literature, reviewed the practices of national award-winning school leaders, and conducted studies in select schools and school districts in search of approaches that can be used by school leaders to remove roadblocks that inhibit any student from having an opportunity to learn. The authors contributing to this special edition have addressed each of these areas, and it is my hope the information that they have provided will assist educators nationally to provide educational opportunities for all students, as well as stimulate additional research in a number of educational areas. Finally, we express our sincere gratitude to Dr. William Allan Kritsonis and the National FORUM0f Applied Educational Research Journal for making the publication a possibility. Over the past 32 years, Drs. William & Mary Alice Kritsonis have provided publishing opportunities in NATIONAL FORUM JOURNALS for professors and practitioners throughout the United States and internationally. x

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