Training More Black Men to Become Teachers

by Katy Reckdahl - The Atlantic
During his high-school days, no football game could start without Louis Blackmon III: the team’s center. Each play began with his snap.

Though Blackmon was renowned for his hustle on the field, he didn’t put the same effort into the classroom. “In school, I was just an average guy,” Blackmon said. Typically, he pulled Cs, with a few Ds, at McDonogh 35 High School in New Orleans.

Wanted in New York City: A thousand black, Latino and Asian male teachers

By Lyndsey Layton - The Washington Post
New York City, which has the nation’s largest public school system, wants to hire 1,000 black, Latino and Asian male teachers by 2017 to create a teaching corps that more closely matches the student body.

New Push to Hire Male Teachers of Color

By Melanie Grayce West - Wall Street Journal
New York City is rolling out a $16.5 million initiative to recruit and retain nonwhite male teachers so that its teaching staff better reflects its student population.

Male Teachers in great demand

Former English footballer and current sports broadcaster Gary Lineker once came to my school to give an inspirational speech.

When he came in he asked “Who knows me from playing football?” The older men put their hands up. Then he asked “Who knows me from Match of the Day?” Now half the room put their hands up. Finally, he asks “Who knows me from Walkers Crisps adverts?” The whole room put their hands up.

Rapper Jahi Educates in the Classroom and From Behind the Mic

By Ericka Blount Danois - The Root
Jahi isn't your average rapper. He doesn't have to just worry about flow and lyrics when he tours with Public Enemy as part of the group PE 2.0. As an educator and pioneer of the African-American Male Achievement program in the Oakland, Calif., public school system, he has to wait until summer break, when the kids are out, to tour for his new album, InsPirEd.

Florida Works To Retain, Recruit Male Teachers

By Lindsey Kilbride - WJCT
Friday was an early-release day at Wolfson High. By 2 p.m., the students were gone, but the auditorium was filled with male teachers.

The reason? They’re part of a newly-formed male teachers’ network in Duval County.

Westside High School Principal Gregory Bostic led Friday’s workshop.

Ohio school looking at plan to attract male African-American teachers

by Jeff Piorkowski, special to Sun News
Shaker Heights Schools, working together with the U.S. Department of Education and Howard University is looking to launch a program to attract African-American male teachers to the district.

Where are all the male teachers in our schools?

by Dominic Cansdale - 4BC1116Talk Radio
The Queensland College of Teachers has commissioned a review into the factors which influence people when choosing teaching as a first career.

It comes as recent figures show the number of male teachers in Queensland state primary schools falling to just 16% of the workforce.

According to Kevin Bates, President of the Queensland Teachers Union, perceptions of teaching being a 'feminised profession' or elements of unjustified suspicion being levelled at male teachers, contributes to this low figure.

Nonprofit Works to Improve Teacher Diversity
A Charlottesville-based nonprofit is working to increase the diversity of teachers in Albemarle County and Charlottesville public schools.

According to the African American Teaching Fellows (AATF) there is only one minority teacher for every 122 students in both the city and county.

How one principal is trying to get more black men into the classroom

By Emma Brown - Washington Post
Educators and policy wonks of many stripes pretty much agree that U.S. classrooms need more minority teachers.

But how to make that happen?

The Percentage of Black Teachers Declined in Nine U.S. Cities. That’s a Big Problem.

By Laura Moser -
A study released Wednesday by the American Federation of Teachers found that, just as American schools are getting more and more segregated, teachers in several major American cities, including the nation’s three largest school districts, are getting progressively less diverse, particularly when it comes to black teachers.

Air Force veterans transition to new careers as teachers

By Konstantin Vengerowsky - The Sumter Item
James Huntley and Gregg Shapiro are not traditional student teachers. Both are veterans of the U.S. Air Force, who were stationed at Shaw Air Force Base, and family men in their 30s and 40s.

Career-changers becoming science teachers at Clarke's Cedar Shoals High School

By Lee Shearer - Online Athens
Three young career changers are getting a competitive education at a Clarke County high school this school year, but the main beneficiaries might be students at Cedar Shoals High School.

300 Male Teachers - A short video

Not sure if you have seen this hilarious video but I think it¹s powerful and well done. I posted it on our Men's Org page.

300 Male Teachers

Why don't more men teach kindergarten?

by Janine Zeitlin -
I neutered God in my family's dinner prayer. It's the same prayer I recited growing up as a Lutheran, but now that I'm raising two girls, I switched out the "father in heaven we thank thee" to "we thank thee." I want my daughters to be grateful, but I don't want to assign a gender to a God before they're old enough to form their own conclusions about him. Or her. Or if one exists.

First day of school for a male teacher

by Katrina Milton - The Midweek
The hallways at Kingston Grade School are decorated with monkeys and a rainforest canopy. The elementary school’s back-to-school theme is “Wild about Learning,” fitting for the jungle that can be the first few days of school.

Men in Early Childhood: Fathers & Teachers

By Francis Wardle, Ph.D. - Early Childhood News
The inclusion of men in early childhood programs has garnered considerable attention over the years. This interest is due to three related trends: 1) the lack of men—usually fathers—in the lives of many of our young children, 2) the dearth of men in the early childhood field, and 3) an increased interest in father involvement in early childhood programs. While almost everyone agrees with the need to get men involved in the lives of young children, solutions to this dilemma are few and far between.

Increasingly, male teachers found at head of elementary class

By Kevin Simpson - The Denver Post
Each weekday, students filing into Denver's Ashley Elementary School come face to face with a relatively rare educational experience.

They call it by name: Mr. Johnson. Mr. Heath. Mr. Walters.

In all, eight of 18 instructors at the K-5 school are men, a proportion that far exceeds the statewide average of 15.6 percent of elementary school teachers — most concentrated in grades five and six.

Black male teachers on rise

by Christina Elmore - The Post & Courier
Young black males have a better chance of being taught by someone who looks like them now that the first two graduates of the College of Charleston's Call Me MISTER program are teaching in area schools.

And more are in training.

Call Me MISTER is increasing the number of black male teachers in South Carolina by providing a support system for black men pursuing degrees in education, program leaders say.

Teacher banned for letting pupils hug him

by Ben Leach - The Telegraph - United Kingdom
Mark Pullinger, 41, was also accused of playing with a pupil by swinging her around by her arms.

Following complaints from colleagues, he was told that he had "failed to maintain physical boundaries with female pupils".

Although there was no suggestion of any sexual motive, he was dismissed from the school where he had worked for eight years.

My short career as a first-grade teacher

By Lewis C. Hatfield - White Mountain Independent
Having retired after three sparkling decades as a public high school teacher in Washington state, I decided to apply for a license as a substitute teacher during a two-month visit to Lakeside. On Nov. 9, 1981, feeling a little shaky and insecure, I reported to the principal of Lakeside Elementary for my first assignment.

Preparing Black Scholars for Leadership Roles in Education Can Be Key to Closing Academic Achievement Gaps

By Cassie M. Chew - Atlanta BlackStar
Representing about 2 percent of students awarded a Ph.D. in the U.S. in recent years, Black men have been missing in action as scholars and thought leaders in decision-making positions of many professions.

Why childcare needs more men

The Northern Echo
Only two per cent of early years childcare workers are male. Lisa Salmon talks to the Fatherhood Institute about their drive to get more men into the industry

Most men would love to be “a hero every day”. That’s the way working as a male childcarer has been described by men themselves, but there are still only a handful of males working in the field.

Eastern Kentucky University Academic Leadership Academy seeks to attract more males into teaching

A group of Kentucky’s future teachers recently spent a week expanding their minds on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus.

Job fair in appeal to male childcare workers

by Maxwell Kusi-Obodum, Southern Daily Echo - Senior reporter
Prospective childcare workers are being urged to take their first steps in getting their foot on the career ladder.

Early-years organisations are inviting people to a job fair in Southampton - and are particularly searching for men to join their ranks.

Paint Ports Nursery is hosting the event in Spring Crescent, Portswood, on Wednesday, June 24.

Childcare organisations will be on hand to discuss job and career opportunities and the range of training and qualification courses.

Meet the Father of Paternity Leave - A Male Teacher

by Lily Rothman - Time Magagine Online
Before Richard Branson, there was Gary Ackerman

This week, the man most celebrated for his impact on paternity leave policies is Richard Branson: the Virgin founder made news by announcing that some employees at Virgin Management would be eligible for a full year of paid new-dad time off.

Guest Blog: Reflections from a Male Educator of Color
A few weeks ago, I had the honor of participating in the 2015 Male Educators of Color symposium, hosted by the Department of Education. We came to listen, learn, contribute and, most importantly, affirm our collective experiences as men of color in the nation building occupation of teaching and leading schools and districts.

Men teachers in Arkansas classrooms

by KTHV - TV Arkansas
It's becoming rarer to find men in the classroom, especially in Arkansas. The state is ranked bottom in country for the lowest percentage of male teachers.

According to the National Education Association, male teachers make up 16 percent of Arkansas' teachers. That's 12 points lower than the nation's average.

Winston-Salem State University Real Men Teach

Real Men Teach (RMT) is a multifaceted academic program instituted during the 2007-2008 academic year for emerging teacher leaders.  Its purpose is to attract, prepare, and encourage more young men to enter the teaching profession.  Through personal professional development activities, support services, individual mentoring, exposure to the education field, and limited financial support, members of RMT are engaged in multipl

Book: Men, Masculinities and Teaching in Early Childhood Education - International perspectives on gender and care

Edited by Simon Brownhill, Jo Warin, Inga Wernersson
This stimulating book sets out to critically explore the notion of men, masculinities and teaching in early childhood education. It addresses the global pattern of gender, teaching and care where men are in the minority, and explores the notion that the greater involvement of men within teaching and associated professions has the potential to transform gender relations for future generations.
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