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MenTeach E-News - March 2015

MenTeach E-News
March 2015

1) Gender Disparity in Public Elementary Education
2) 2015 Job Fair for Teachers in California
3) Burlington, Vermont Schools are Hiring - Actively Seeking Diverse and Culturally Competent Educators
4) Don's Column: "Men In The Lives of Young Children" at the 2005 World Forum Montreal
5) Social Justice and Equity Conference for Male Educators in Canada
6) University of Wisconsin - Stout Men continue to do more
7) Inclusion of male staff working with inclusive (special needs) care in Canada

Bearded, Beardless and Fearless in Wisconsin

Dr. Jill M. Klefstadd, Program Director, University of Wisconsin - Stout
[MenTeach: Dr. Jill has been working to increase and retain men in her educaiton program. We asked her to write about her experiences as a woman facilitator.] It was a moment of great anticipation and excitement as I sat among a group of young male early childhood preservice students gathering to adopt the by-laws to their newfound student organization. The leader of the group, a senior named Jake, began with introductions by asking each member to share one interesting fact about them.

Indiana University - South Bend recruiting minority, male teachers

The lack of minority men teaching in the classroom is a growing problem nationwide. IU South Bend is hoping to change that locally though.

The university’s vision is to help minority male students pursue teaching and then place them. The goal is for the future educators to be an example to the students who may have never seen a teacher that looks like them.

“We need more minority teachers, we need more African American teachers,” said Dr. Carole Schmidt, Superintendent of the South Bend School Corporation.

Inclusion of male staff working with inclusive (special needs) care in Canada

Ron Blatz - Executive Director - Discovery Children's Centre Inc.
I just got this report from one of a group of ECE students (all female) that came for a 2 hour visit. The main theme of their visit was inclusion of children with additional needs, but you never miss a chance to throw in a good conversation about men in ECE (at least I never miss a chance) and thus this comment came back from the teacher after she asked the students to reflect on their visit. Hope this encourages you all.