Educational Renaissance 2018-05-07T12:51:58-07:00 Kimberly Coy Open Journal Systems <p>Welcome to&nbsp;<em>Educational Renaissance</em>, the journal of The Renaissance Group,&nbsp;a national consortium of colleges and universities with a major commitment to the preparation of educational professionals and to the promotion of exemplary practices, partnerships, and leadership that ensure high levels of teaching and learning in all of America's schools.</p> Sharing the Responsibility for Teacher Preparation: Collaborative Design of a Teaching Observation Rubric 2018-05-07T12:51:58-07:00 Cathy Yun Lisa Bennett <p>This case story describes the collaborative development and use of a teaching observation rubric to support and scaffold evidence-based changes in the focal educator preparation program (EPP). The case highlights the power of EPP-district collaborations for improving the teaching and coaching practices for both stakeholders while strengthening trust. Additionally, this case demonstrates how the focal EPP worked with districts to ease preservice-to-inservice transitions for novice teachers, through development of a feedback instrument that spans the transition, thereby decreasing teacher attrition within the first three years on the job. </p> 2018-05-02T16:01:51-07:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Teacher Candidate Perceptions of Urban Field Experiences 2018-05-02T15:54:40-07:00 Linda Smith Shantel Farnan Victoria Seeger Timothy Jason Wall David Kiene <p>This paper examines the impact of diverse clinical field experiences on rural teacher candidates’ perceptions of their ability to effectively teach urban, diverse students. The literature framework supporting the study builds on Nieto’s description of socially-just pedagogy and responsive approach to diversity while meeting national education program standards despite declining resources. Researchers gauged candidates’ perceptions of the impact of working with students from race, language and class backgrounds different from their own.  Findings revealed four significant impacts: increasing capacity to use culturally-relevant practice, boosting ability to differentiate for urban learners’ diverse needs, understanding the importance of strong relationships, and raising candidate self-efficacy and desire to teach in diverse schools. </p> 2018-05-02T16:01:51-07:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Why didn’t anyone tell us what it would really be like?: How Experienced Secondary Teachers Make Sense of Their Role 2018-05-02T16:01:11-07:00 Russell Greinke <p>Historically, teacher retention has been a more significant issue than teacher recruitment. This study looks at how teachers become “comfortable in their own skin.” To be successful in their chosen careers, teachers undergo a process of Teacher Identity Formation that blends one’s educational philosophy, teaching style, and personality. Finding one’s own voice, one that is less imitative of influential teachers from one’s past, occurs in those “Borderlands” where the personal and the professional meet, where who you are as a person and who you are as a teacher coalesce. Via an interview-based phenomenological study, this paper uses the cumulative wisdom of successful, experienced teachers to look at how they ultimately make sense of their position and overcome obstacles to identity formation. The findings may offer guidance to new teachers and teacher educators.   </p> 2018-05-02T16:01:51-07:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Defining and Measuring Excellence in the Changing World of Higher Education: Case Stories from Five Colleges of Education 2018-05-02T15:57:27-07:00 Jannah Walters Nerren Christina Sinclair Nan Barker Mark Reid Gina Anderson <p>This paper presents a collection of case stories from five Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs) within colleges of education, four from institutions in Texas and one from California, to present a micro cross-sectional narrative interpretation of what constitutes excellence in educator preparation. The broad framework utilized in this interpretation focuses on the individual approaches used by each institution for creating and sustaining positive cultures of data-informed decision-making, with the ultimate objective of continuous program improvement, while also meeting the accreditation expectations of each institution.</p> 2018-05-02T16:01:51-07:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## A System-Wide Approach to Universal Design for Learning Implementation 2018-05-02T15:59:52-07:00 Joni L Degner Universal Design for Learning (UDL), an instructional framework based in neuroscience, optimizes teaching and learning by supporting learners through three overarching principles: Multiple Means of Engagement, Multiple Means Representation, and Multiple Means of Action and Expression (?About universal?). These principles and the subsequent framework that grew out of the work of CAST co-founders and framework co-creators Dr. David Rose and Anne Meyers has become greater than the sum of its parts. Practitioners who have even dabbled in Universal Design for Learning have likely come to the understanding that UDL is a student-centered value system of flexibility, accessibility, and high standards for all students; indeed, the goal of Universal Design for Learning is to create learning environments where students grow to be experts in their own learning. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) defines and endorses Universal Design for Learning as the framework for designing learning experiences that support the success of all learners 2018-05-02T16:01:51-07:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##