August, 2017

Mansur’s Manifesto: How an Aspiring Black Male Teacher Plans to Turn Teaching Into Activism

by Mansur Buffins - ED Trust
Anytime I tell people that I am majoring in social studies education, they ask one of two questions: “Where do you want to teach?” or “Why do you want to teach?” Those especially curious ask both. My answer is consistent: I would like to teach in a secondary school serving predominantly low-income, African American students. And I am entering the profession as an intentional form of activism.

The different reasons men and women become teachers in Australia

by Pallavi Singhal - The Sydney Morning Herald
Kai Glennie didn't enjoy any of his classes, had trouble making friends and dreaded going to school every morning.

But soon after he turned 10, he decided to spend the rest of his life in the classroom, as a teacher.

Important need exists for minority teachers in our schools

by Esther Cepeda - Sioux City Journal
Black teachers make a difference.

I know because I attended a prestigious college-preparatory public high school in the heart of Chicago where approximately half of the teachers were black. They included my AP Biology teacher and AP English teacher, several of my art teachers, one of my history teachers, a chemistry teacher -- and probably many more I'm forgetting in the haze of the past quarter-century.

MenTeach E-News - July 2017

MenTeach E-News
July 2017


1) In D.C., Bringing Male Teachers Of Color To The Preschool Classroom
2) Male nurses? Female firefighters? Yes, as career boundaries erode.
3) Plans in place to attract more men to the classroom in Australia
4) Increasing diversity in teaching is the aim of university in Washington
5) Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute Graduates 151 Teachers - almost all men
6) Male early childhood teachers almost quadruple in New Zealand - but lobbyists point to continued 'sexism'

Retiring after years of Early Childhood Service in San Diego School District

by Craig Simpson - New England
Rodney West, co-facilitator, for the NAEYC Men's Interest Forum, retired as teacher and administrator in the San Diego School District. He was among those Educators in the African American community honored with a citation from the house and senate of California.

Why young Latino men don't think of becoming teachers

by Gary Warth - The San Diego Union-Tribune
San Marcos High School student Brayan Reyes never thought of teaching as a career. Why would he?

Until he was in Efron Solano’s class last semester, the 16-year-old had never even seen a male Latino teacher.

“He’s the one who motivated me,” Brayan said. ​

Chinese government offers free training to men who want to be preschool teachers

Global Times
Chongqing will fund the training of 77 male nursery teachers to address the gender imbalance in the municipality's kindergartens.

According to a government notice released on April 21, the 77 candidates will receive five years of free training and be given a cash allowance during this period, news portal cqbntv.cn reported Wednesday.

According to the notice, these teachers will be required to work in the kindergartens to which they are assigned for at least six years after their training ends.

Male teacher shortage affects boys who need role models

by Hollie Deese, USA TODAY Back To School magazine
For 35 years, Len Saunders has been teaching physical education to elementary school children in Montville, N.J. Personally, he knows how important a strong male role model can be and hopes he is that for his students. His own father died just months before he was born, so he depended on uncles, coaches and other men to guide him in certain  areas of his physical and mental development.

A Scholarship for African American Men - Mwalimu Men

by Kristen Jeter - Mwalimu Men Inc.
I've recently started a scholarship fund to help increase the African-American, male grad-school teaching population in the USA. The nonprofit is called Mwalimu Men Inc, and we will be giving out one $2,000 scholarship this year. I'm writing because I need help finding men who would be interested in applying.

A New Orleans summer teaching fellowship is wooing young black teachers

by Sarah Gonser- The Hechinger Report
Yawns and sleepy stretches punctuated the silence as Brandon Mercadel's third-graders rooted around their desks for "The Buried Bones Mystery," the subject of today's lesson about text evidence.

"You guys must have had an amazing Father's Day weekend," said Mercadel, smiling. "You are so tired!"

One student laid his head on his desk and slipped off his high-top sneakers, prompting another student to silently mouth "pew!" and clamp his fingers to his nose.