December, 2016

Editorial: With Gratitude for the Gifts

by Dr. Jill Klefstad - UW Stout
Gratitude is the quality of being thankful, showing appreciation for, and returning kindness. Having just celebrated Thanksgiving, it is impossible to negate the meaning of the holiday especially from the perspective of an educator.

Sometimes, in the day-to-day happenings of being a teacher it is easy to become overwhelmed when negative aspects of teaching come into focus. At those times I attempt to shift my thinking from the undesirable characteristics to the multitude of gifts that come from being a part of the teaching profession.

New figures reveal which region has the highest percentage of male teachers in England

By Zoe Stevens - Herald Express
Torbay has the highest percentage of male primary and secondary teachers in the country.

But education charity Teach First is calling for more men in the South West to become teachers, as the latest figures show a stubborn gender gap in the profession.

The latest Government statistics reveal that just 28.4 per cent of teachers in South West schools are men, although these figures were the best for any region in England.

Lack of African-American male educators is killing public education

By Roosevelt Mitchell III - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
According to researchers Ana Maria Villegas and Jacqueline Jordan Irvine, minority teachers, as role models, improved the self-worth of minority students. Others found that a diverse teaching population improved academic achievement for minorities along with the educational climate for white students.

Students Of Color Increasing And Teachers Of Color Not - Here’s Why And What We Can Do About It

by Doris A. Smith-Ribner - Pittsburg Courier
Promoting diversity to increase the number of Black male teachers, and Hispanic male teachers, in public schools is vital to improving the educational outcomes for boys and young men of color to put them on a path to success.

Men in Early Childhood-Colorado Audio Digital Story Project

Soren Gall
Over the last six months, Men in Early Childhood-Colorado has been working on an audio digital story project. The purpose of this project was to gather stories from men who are studying ECE, working in the ECE field currently, or had worked in the ECE field.

MenTeach E-News - November 2016

MenTeach E-News
November 2016


1) Thoughts from the Inaugural Northern California Men and Child Care Conference
2) 2016 National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) report and Awards
3) Wellington's Y-Men programme trying to increase the low male ECE teacher numbers
4) 2014 & 2016 EC-MENZ - New Zealand Reports
5) Improving gender equality is the key to tackling Britain's male teacher shortage
6) New figures reveal which region has the highest percentage of male teachers in England

How Rochester Schools Grapple With Their Teacher Diversity Gap

By Evan Dawson - WXXI Radio
Christopher Fields is rare in the teaching profession. He’s an African-American man, and he teaches sixth-grade English at East Lower School. According to the U.S. Department of Education, you'd have to stop by more than 50 classrooms in this country before you found one black male teacher.

Switzerland: How do you get more men into primary teaching?

By Isobel Leybold-Johnson - Swissinfo.ch
Men thinking of making the change into primary school teaching can now take a taster day to find out more. It's part of an initiative to boost the percentage of men in the profession in Switzerland – which currently stands at around 18%.

How to Become a Teacher in Lots of Steps

by Ron Clone - Racine County Eye
Training for the profession of teaching, even in 1971, was not the easiest major to enter at Michigan State. When I transferred from Central Michigan as a junior, I was headed into secondary education, as I mentioned in my initial blog entry. After the first term, I decided to switch my major to elementary after several conversations with my oldest brother and his wife, both of whom were teachers.

Editorial: The List Maker

by Dr. Jill Klefstad - UW Stout
Every year around the Christmas holiday when I hear the words to this famous carol, "making a list, checking it twice" I smile to myself. You see, I consider myself the queen of lists because I carefully create and re-create lists daily. Are you a list maker? Did you know that there are many reasons why people create lists?