Vol 1, No 1 (2013)

The State of Urban Education: Implications, Directions, and Policy Reform for Increasing Student Achievement

This special theme issue provides an in-depth analysis of the educational issues of K-12 students in urban settings and how school professionals (e.g., teachers, school counselors, and administrators) and other stakeholders (i.e., parents, policy makers, education leaders, etc.) can work to promote academic achievement. Given that a plethora of research (Flowers, Milner, & Moore, 2004; Flowers, Zhang, Moore, & Flowers, 2004; Ford & Moore, 2004; Irvine, 2002; Landsman, 2001; Lewis & Moore, 2004; Moore, Ford, & Milner, 2005; Thompson, 2004) has documented that African American students face many academic challenges and personal-social difficulties in urban educational settings, this special theme issue is timely. More specifically, this special theme issue provides cutting-edge research (i.e., quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method designs) to aid educational practitioners and other stakeholders in improving the academic achievement of African American students in urban educational settings. To make this special theme issue applicable to education professionals and other stakeholders, recommendations are provided for the following: (a) teachers; (b) school counselors; (c) administrators; (d) parents; and (e) educational policy makers. Submissions for this special theme issue focuses on a number of issues (i.e., parental involvement, academic motivation, school leadership, high-stakes testing, etc.) that affect African American students in K-16 urban settings.

Table of Contents

Urban Education Research and Policy Annuals

Volume 1, Number 1 (March 2013) PDF
Journal Editors


The Passing of the Torch for Solutions to our Nation's Urban Schools: A Foreword PDF HTML
Chance W. Lewis, Ph.D.


Continued Directions for Urban Education: Towards a Model of Promise, Practice, and Possibility PDF HTML
Lakia M. Scott


Solutions for Urban Education Reform: Are Common Core State Standards the Answer? A Commentary PDF HTML
Marcia Watson

Journal Articles

Equity in Education: The Relationship Between Race, Class, and Gender in Mathematics for Diverse Learners PDF HTML
Debra Rohn
Effective Writing Instruction for African American English PDF HTML
Crystal Glover
A Dichotomy of Necessary Behaviors and Implementation of Constructivism in Urban Schools PDF HTML
Eugenia Hopper

Policy Briefs

Educational Policy Developments in North Carolina and its Impact on African American Students PDF HTML
Howard Menand

Call for Manuscripts

Call for Manuscripts (Volume 2, Number 1) PDF
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