September, 2020

Justice For All: Lack of Black Male Educators in Florida Area Schools

By Saundra Weathers - Pinellas County
Thirteen year old Nia Kirkland says nothing will get in the way of her dream of becoming a teacher.

Legislation Introduced Addressing Teacher Diversity in NJ Schools

While about 56 percent of students in New Jersey are nonwhite, only 16 percent of teachers are racial or ethnic minorities.

Seeking to diversify the educator workforce in New Jersey, Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Union) introduced three bills to help schools recruit and retain teachers of color, as well as support culturally responsive teaching methods.

Atlanta Man Becomes One of Georgia’s First Black Male Teachers of the Year

by BLACK ENTERPRISE Editors
Johnathon Hines, a teacher at Barack Obama Elementary School in Atlanta, has been recognized as Georgia’s Pre-K Teacher of the Year. He is the first Black man to receive the award, and hopes to continue inspiring his young students!

Editorial: Getting back to the first grade

by Doug Pugh - The Alpena News
During my second year in law school, I was involved in an automobile accident. At that time, my financial cushion was threadbare, so meeting the insurance deductible abraded the fabric. Having no patch material or thread with which to sew, I had to go to work.

I became a full-time sixth-grade teacher in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, during the day, and a part-time law student in Detroit at night.

Male Teachers Weigh in on Teaching During Coronavirus Pandemic in California

By Hosam Elattar - Voice of OC
When a global pandemic interrupted the school year in March, teachers had to trade in their classrooms for Zoom calls and teach students from behind a screen with little time to prepare.

Black Male Teacher Creates Online Hustle University To Support Parents Struggling With Crisis Fatigue

Hotep left his kindergarten classroom to start Hustle University so he could help low-performing schools across the United States. For this tumultuous school year, he is revealing his latest solution: Hustle U Homeschool; an online portal providing social and emotional educational resources to families struggling with the “new normal”.

'Brother Apple' sows seeds of approval in China

By Zhao Yimeng - China Daily
Exercise videos boost acceptance of male teachers at kindergartens

Kindergarten teacher "Brother Apple" set out with the intention of keeping youngsters fit during the COVID-19 epidemic, but quickly became an online icon.

Editorial: A Man in Hawai'i Working during the pandemic

I work at The Early School on the island of Oahu in Hawaii as a toddler teacher in the Young Children's Program. When we moved into the Spring Break of 2020 I was very concerned about the Corona virus. So was everyone else in Hawaii. It was the weirdest start to a Spring Break I have ever experienced. I closed that last Friday. It was chaotic at pick up and all everyone was talking about was whether or not we would be open after Spring Break. At the time I doubted it, but eventually our state instituted a Stay at Home Order.