Educational Renaissance 2021-01-20T08:47:12-08:00 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> #learningtoreflect 2021-01-20T08:47:12-08:00 Monica Billen <p>Although research on teacher reflection is vast, research on preservice teachers’ (PSTs) use of social media and multimodal reflections is minimal.&nbsp; This study provides greater understanding into how PSTs used Instagram as a platform for engaging in reflection. &nbsp;Throughout an academic year, a group of fourteen PSTs used Instagram several times each week to reflect on their field experience rather than writing a reflective paper.&nbsp; I propose that the participants in this study were <em>photoreflecting, </em>which is the process of deep consideration as one transmediates images and print language.&nbsp; The participants in this study <em>photoreflected </em>by (a) photojournaling, (b) noticing, (c) noticing and extending, (d) noticing and problem solving, and (e) noticing and changing.&nbsp; Participants photojournaled the most and noticed and changed the least.&nbsp;</p> 2020-10-15T16:27:12-07:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Desperate Measures 2021-01-20T08:47:11-08:00 Ernest Black Ed Rice <p>Black male teachers are less than two percent of all current teachers in the United States. However, there has been an effort to recruit and retain Black men into the teaching profession for a number of reasons. All student benefit when they have a Black male teacher. Black boys, in particular, have markedly higher test scores and improved discipline when they have a Black male teacher.&nbsp;Black male adults in educational settings is essential for enhancing Black boys’ academic and social development. There is a need for Black male teachers in education. Even with nationwide recruitment efforts like My Brother's Keeper, the numbers of Black male teacher remain small. Additionally, Black male teachers leave the profession at a higher rate than other subgroups. This paper will examine one teacher preparation program's effort to increase retention of Black males in the teacher preparation program and the teaching profession.&nbsp;</p> <p><br><br></p> 2020-10-19T16:12:40-07:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## The TCSEFP Hybrid eMentoring Model 2021-01-20T08:47:10-08:00 Marj Bock Mari Caballero Kelly O'Neal-Hixson <p>This article describes a hybrid eMentoring model used to support fellows during an 11-month fellowship program, the <em>Teachers College Special Education Fellowship Program (TCSEFP). </em>The TCSEFP is a residency in teaching (RIT) induction program that leads to the completion of a high incidence special education endorsement and a master’s degree in special education. During the fellowship, each participant receives extensive, explicit mentoring from onsite and off-site mentors. This hybrid eMentoring&nbsp;model, developed as a part of the TCSEFP, is facilitated in part via distance technologies.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 2020-10-19T16:38:57-07:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Supporting Teacher Candidates During COVID-19 2021-01-20T08:47:12-08:00 Charlene Atkins Angela Danley <p>This article provides the personal account of two professors who reflect on the challenges of teacher education preparation due to COVID-19.&nbsp; They discuss the swift transition from face to face instruction to virtual learning and teaching including inequities faculty and teacher candidates faced during remote learning, obstacles surrounding state requirements for practicums and certification along with the social emotional impact. &nbsp;Suggestions for moving forward, based on the lessons learned, include additional supports for teacher candidates.&nbsp;</p> 2020-10-19T16:07:32-07:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Teacher Candidates as the Teacher of Record Assists Partner School Districts With the Teacher Shortage 2021-01-20T08:47:10-08:00 Gregory Rich Linda Gray Smith Kristi Alexander <p class="BodyNoIndent">This research essay examined a growing trend in a rural area of the Midwest where PK–12 school districts are partnering with a local university to hire teacher candidates (TCs) as the Teachers of Record (TORs). Many rural school districts are challenged to address the teacher shortage. As a result, many school districts are hiring TCs as the TOR during the TC’s student-teaching experience. Due to the limited research on the topic, this paper aimed to determine if appointing the TC as the TOR was an effective practice. We used three data sources to gauge the perceptions of the TC, the TC’s mentor, and the TC’s administrator. Meeting the needs of partnering districts and providing quality placements for TCs engaged in the culminating field experience can be mutually beneficial for teacher candidates, the school district, and the university.</p> 2020-10-19T16:47:58-07:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##