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
8) Indiana University - South Bend recruiting minority, male teachers
9) Boise State student encounters childcare sexism
10) Bearded, Beardless and Fearless in Wisconsin

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1) Gender Disparity in Public Elementary Education
Most public elementary school teachers are female. We examine this historic trend, as well as what male instructors bring to the classroom.

Listen to this radio recording about men teaching: http://www.menteach.org/node/2571

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2) 2015 Job Fair for Teachers in California
Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) offers multiple opportunities to make a difference in people’s lives. See the flyer for the March 20th event: http://www.menteach.org/node/2574

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3) Burlington, Vermont Schools are Hiring - Actively Seeking Diverse and Culturally Competent Educators
Burlington is a vibrant picturesque community on Lake Champlain and the most culturally diverse city in Vermont.  With our excellent school system, parks, Lake Champlain and local ski mountains, it is not surprising that Burlington is routinely listed as one the best places to live and to raise children.
Current openings for 2015 – 2016 school year:

•    Director, Burlington Technical Center
•    Principal, Champlain Elementary School
•    Assistant Principal, Burlington High School
•    Teachers, all levels

We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefit package.

If you believe that providing educational opportunities that create self-aware, inclusive and culturally competent individuals is the key to a successful future for all, apply today!!! See the contact information: http://www.menteach.org/node/2576

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4) Don's Column: "Men In The Lives of Young Children" at the 2005 World Forum Montreal
 [MenTeach: Don Piburn has be working in early education for years. He has been instrumental in recruiting and retaining men teachers through his work in Hawaii hosting MenTeach retreats, serving on the AEYC affiliate board and being a founding father of the World Forum Men in Early Childhood Education (MECE). These articles were written 10 years ago and are still relevant to our work today.]

At the request of Ms. Bonnie and Mr. Roger Neugebauer of Child Care Information Exchange and the World Forum Foundation, MenTeach.org is coordinating the first ever session on the topic of "Men in the Lives of Young Children" at the World Forum on Early Care and Education in Montreal from May 17-20, 2005.

Teams of presenters create sessions at the World Forum. Most sessions at the World Forum involve 3-4 presenters, sharing perspectives from different cultures and parts of the world.  The World Forum is a highly participatory event, and each person who attends has a responsibility to share his or her ideas both informally and formally. Interaction and discussion are critical.  Presenters are encouraged to interact with their audience, to tell their stories and engage in dialogue, rather than reading papers.

This is very important to the spirit of the World Forum.  So much so, that the World Forum organizers do not provide equipment for video or power point presentations and request that presenters not use those forms of presentation. Read the editorial: http://www.menteach.org/node/2577

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5) Social Justice and Equity Conference for Male Educators in Canada
Interested in learning more about the diversity of ETFO programs, partnerships and supports as a male educator? The Social Justice and Equity Conference for Male Educators will explore the diversity of ETFO programs and outreach while also addressing challenges faced by males in a rapidly changing school system and teacher union. See the conference flyer: http://www.menteach.org/node/2579

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6) University of Wisconsin - Stout Men continue to do more
[MenTeach: Dr. Jill Klefstad has been recruiting and helping men organize. You can read past posts here and here.]

Remember how you suggested that I document our progress in the Men’s group? Well, over spring break I ended up writing a little bit about this process. It is from my perspective.

We also had Aric Bieganek from MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis come to our meeting last night and he shared his top five reasons it is cool to be a male educator in the world of ECE. It was informative and wonderful for our men. He also showed how music can be integrated in ECE and one of the male students confessed that after my class last semester he bought a guitar at Goodwill with just three strings! But Joe is really excited to buy new strings and start playing. Aric certainly did wonders for him as he encouraged him to pursue that passion.

Also, this Friday four of the guys travel to LaCrosse to the Leadership conference to share how they began the student organization for M.E.N. on campus. Looking forward to that leadership opportunity for them. And finally, our t-shirts came this week which supports our group. I have attached a couple photos of last nights meeting and the t-shirts as well as my reflective article. Read the article and see the photos: http://menteach.org/node/2580

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7) Inclusion of male staff working with inclusive (special needs) care in Canada
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. Read the great letter:
http://menteach.org/node/2582

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8) 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.

It is no secret, the people at the front of the classroom, aren't representative of the ones at the desks.

“There's a real mismatch I would say, between the student population and the teaching population, in terms of diversity,” said Marvin Lynn, IU South Bend's Dean of Education.

Terrance Harley is a business major at the university, grew up in South Bend, but never had a black male teacher. Read the story: http://menteach.org/node/2583

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9) Boise State student encounters child care sexism
As more parents and primary caregivers work outside the home than ever before, demand for early childhood caregivers is on the rise. More women are forging new careers elsewhere, leaving the field scrambling to keep up, and care professionals are looking at men as a solution.

“We believe that everyone, male or female, brings values to the life of a child and to the (YMCA),” said Teresa Wood-Adams, executive director of Boise’s downtown YMCA. Read the full story: http://www.menteach.org/node/2581

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10) Bearded, Beardless and Fearless in Wisconsin
[MenTeach: Dr. Jill has been working to increase and retain men in her education 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. Find out what happens next: http://www.menteach.org/node/2588

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