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Men Teaching: In the Face of Adversity

by Lucas Eide - University of Wisconsin - Stout
After finishing up my student teaching placement and having time to reflect on all the challenges, accomplishments, peaks and valleys, I realized never to judge something before you get the chance to experience it. When I found out that I would be doing one of my student teaching placements in a four-year-old kindergarten classroom, I immediately had mixed emotions.

Men who care: attracting men into the caring professions

At the same time as efforts rightly focus on getting more women in leadership positions and into male-dominated industries, there is also a movement to encourage more men into the careers dominated by women.

In particular, the caring professions are bereft of men. Early years teaching and nursery workers are almost exclusively female, as is nursing and the social care workforce.

This is despite the fact that vulnerable people sometimes request the same gender care for them because of the intimate nature of the relationship.

£50,000 fund has been announced to help boost the number of men working in Scotland childcare

Around 4% of the current workforce for children’s daycare across Scotland are men.

The Scottish Government’s new Men in Early Years Challenge Fund will be split into two awards of £25,000 and given to two colleges to run pilot projects which support men in childcare.

Colleges across the country will be able to make bids for the cash, which will be administered by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC).

MenTeach - New England Meeting

Vanessa Reiss-Vaughn, Sarah Montoya and Clarence Little are helping to call a meeting/networking gathering of men in early education. This is sort of a restart of activities of MenTeach - New England. If you know of people that maybe interesting please pass this along the attached flyer. Please respond if you are interested and can't attend.

We are mostly getting to know each other.

Hope you can attend. Write me back with questions.

Craig Simpson
cs4202144@yahoo.com