There is a severe shortage of African American teachers in K-12 public educaiton and this shortage is particularly acute in large, urban school districts. This article presents results from a case study of a mentoring triad-a first-year African American teacher, her mentor, and her principal-and the use of reflection and reciprocal journaling to reflect on and dialogue about the challenges of teaching in a large urban high school. More specifically, the research is an investigation of journaling as a reciprocal process of communication used by the participants to reflect on instructional practices, principal expectations, racial and cultural issues within the urban school context, and the first-year teacher's decision to stay in her positon. The author discusses two major themes, the teacher's professional competence and the teacher as a member of the school community, and give several recommendations for practice.
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