February, 2021

Darrion Cockrell went from gang member to Missouri's 2020 teacher of the year

By Katie Kindelanvia - Good Morning America
Darrion Cockrell credits his teachers with saving his life when he was a young gang member in St. Louis, Missouri.

This year, the 34-year-old elementary school physical education teacher who works in Crestwood, Missouri, was named Missouri's 2021 Teacher of the Year.

Man-Up receives additional funding

The enormity of the data that suggests a need for more effective male teachers of color in our schools is the propeller behind this movement.

As the founder of Man Up, this movement reflects my personal life experiences. As an African American elementary teacher, I was often one of a handful of male teachers in the building. I was often assigned the most difficult students who were usually male students with behavior problems.

Professional Caregiving Men find Meaning and Pride in their Work, But Face Stigma

By Brigid Schulte, Emily Hallgren, Roselyn Miller
As automation and artificial intelligence rapidly reshape the nature of work, caring professions, which require warmth, empathy and human interaction, are among the fastest growing and most future-proof jobs.

Georgia Power Foundation Grant To Help KSU Boost Number Of Black Male Educators

by Paul Floeckher - Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw State University has received a grant from the Georgia Power Foundation for an initiative to increase the number of African American male teachers.

The Career Journey of the First Male Preschool Teacher in Turkey: An Optimistic Perspective to A Female Dominated Occupation

by Pelin Taşkın - 2019, Journal of Qualitative Research in Education - JOQRE
Abstract. This study is designed as a single case which focuses on the real story of the first male preschool teacher in Turkey. The main purpose of this study is to investigate his perceptions related to; a) the advantages and disadvantages of being the first preschool teacher in Turkey b) the perception of school society towards him, c) how he handled the challenges, d) possible social benefits of male preschool teachers in early childhood education. Data were collected through a semi-structured in-depth interview.

Black educators can help solve racial disparities in education

by Rachael Tutwiler Fortune - The Florida Times-Union
As we close out Black History Month, I believe Jacksonville has an opportunity to make history by investing in black educators.

Research has shown that teacher diversity helps all students, especially students who look like them. One study found that low-income black boys are 39 percent more likely to graduate high school if they have just one black male teacher in elementary school. That is an astounding figure from a rigorous, long-term study.

Philly-based group launches $3M initiative to develop Black teachers

by Kristen A. Graham - Philadelphia Inquirer
A Philadelphia-based organization devoted to recruiting and supporting Black educators on Thursday announced a $3 million educational justice initiative to dramatically ramp up the number of Black teachers in classrooms across the country.