February, 2017

Editorial: A New Twist to Resolutions

by Dr. Jill Klefstad - UW Stout
Happy New Year! Time is flying by, apparent as the calendar turns to February. Hopefully, you are on target and feeling success in maintaining any New Year resolutions you set.

MenTeach E-News - January 2017

MenTeach E-News
January 2016

1) How Rochester Schools Grapple With Their Teacher Diversity Gap
2) Switzerland: How do you get more men into primary teaching?
3) How to Become a Teacher in Lots of Steps
4) New Zealand: Women left holding the baby
5) MenTeach.org has had millions of hits
6) Kellogg Foundation Awards CSUN Grant to Tackle California’s Teacher Shortage – MenTeach lead consultant
7) Become an Urban Teacher
8) Path to a new life takes these minority high school graduates back to preschool

Male recruitment advocates discuss gender gap with students

By Nathan Hickling - The Sundial
Advocates that aim to close the gender gap in education met on Friday in the USU to discuss the causes and solutions for the lack of male educators in public schools, who make up a smaller percentage of educators today than they did in 1980.

Column: How I learned my own value as a black male teacher

By Ricky House - PBS Newshour
Article Note: Black males represent roughly 2 percent of all public school teachers in the U.S. While nonwhite educators are being hired at a higher proportional rate than white teachers, they’re also leaving the teaching profession at a higher rate, according to a 2015 report from the Albert Shanker Institute.

Metro State U, Osseo make a deal to help diversify Minnesota’s teacher corps

By Pioneer Press Editorial Board
In a system as big, complex and resistant to change as that by which we educate children, efforts to innovate deserve notice.

They matter in a state that fails to educate all its children and one struggling to add diversity to its teaching corps.

With hometown pride, we make note of new work at Metropolitan State University to remove barriers that make it harder for aspiring teachers to take their places in Minnesota schools that need them.

A-plus for effort! This cool teacher has an energetic personalized handshake for every pupil

By Rod Ardehali For Mailonline
A US primary school teacher has staked a claim at being the coolest in the world after memorising elaborate hi-five routines with each of his pupils.

Barry White Jr, an English teacher at Ashley Park Elementary School in North Carolina, has created unique handshake routines for his student and performs them every morning as they enter class.

Japan: Should male nursery teachers change girls' clothes, diapers?

The Yomiuri Shimbun - The Japan News
A plan by the Chiba municipal government to promote the utilization of male nursery teachers has sparked intense debate on the internet about the involvement of male childcare workers in changing the clothes and diapers of infant girls.

Educate ME Foundation working to grow the number of Black teachers for Black students across the country

by Curtis Bunn - Indianapolis Recorder
The axiom, "Those who cannot do, teach," missed the point, as far as Blake Nathan is concerned.

In fact, Nathan created the Educate ME Foundation on a wholly opposite premise: To mentor and encourage African-American students, high school and college, to pursue careers in education, especially as teachers—and to help existing Black teachers find new opportunities.

Educators’ Summit Highlights Need For More Virginia Teachers of Color

by John O’Neil - Virginia Education Association - Communications Director
Nearly one-half of students attending Virginia public schools are minorities, but fewer than one in five teachers is.

Professionalism in Education: A Perspective from a Male Student Teacher

by Brandon Belmore - University of Wisconsin - Stout
If you ask every teacher and staff member in an elementary school to give their definition of professionalism, chances are, every definition will be different. Many responses hit on some similarities to the definition, but in all reality the word holds a different meaning for everybody. So, how do you know if you are showing professionalism? What if your definition is totally different than a colleague?