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Harborne school bucks trend of male primary teacher shortage

By Kat Keogh - Birmingham Mail
One in four primary schools in England are without a male teacher, figures have revealed.

But one Birmingham school is bucking the trend, with a trio of male teachers working in the classroom.

There were just 26,208 men working as teachers in primary schools as of March 31 this year, compared with 185,023 women, statistics from the General Teaching Council (GTC) show.

And despite growing numbers of men applying to join the profession, 4,000 schools are without single male teacher at all.

Steady hand, big heart

By Owen R. Smith - East Oregonian
Keith May’s first big lesson as a first-grade teacher came during a Pendleton Round-Up in the 1980s, when he took his class to watch slack on his very first field trip.

Where Are All The Male Teachers [Infographic]

by Eric Lyday - Daily Infographic
For the past semester, I’ve been student teaching at a middle school and I’m now currently at an elementary school as part of my music teacher certification process. It’s been a challenge learning all the ins and outs of being a teacher, but it has also come with great satisfaction.

Comic: The issues of being a male preschool teacher



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This is just one of the many things I dealt with as a male preschool teacher. I'm thinking about starting a webcomic series about my time as a teacher...


TEACH Campaign Seeking Minority, Male Teachers

WLTX - TV South Carolina
Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The U.S. Department of Education says it wants to recruit more diverse and qualified educators and created a new initiative to help the process.

It's called the TEACH Campaign, and has a goal of encouraging more minorities--especially males--to go after careers in the classroom.

St. Louis Teacher of the Year

Leo A. Ganahl, a third-grade teacher at Bermuda Elementary School, is Ferguson-Florissant School District's 2011 Teacher of the Year. Ganahl is the district's first male elementary teacher to receive the award.

He is a product of Ferguson-Florissant, having attended Griffith Elementary School and graduated from McCluer High School, and lives in the district.

Male teachers wary of hugging students

Kindergarten teacher Paul Ferreter knows he is putting his credential on the line each time he opens his arms to hug one of his students.

While more and more teachers, especially male educators, are putting up barriers to protect themselves from false allegations, Ferreter said he can't bring himself to forgo hugs. But his hugs have been modified. He calls them "sideways hugs."

Arkansas ranks last for male teachers

by Pam Baccam - KTHV Television
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.

"It's always a goal of mine to inspire more than the year before," says Bryant High School business teacher Marc Nixon.

Report: Male Educators Convene Summit in Maryland

by Courtney Jacobs - AFRO Staff Writer
On a frigid Saturday morning recently in Prince George’s County there was a gathering of a rare species in public schools: Male teachers.

And while there were less than 100 people in Charles Herbert Flowers High School’s cavernous auditorium in Springdale, the meeting --dubbed The First Annual Male Educator Summit: Envisioning the Future of Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) -- marked a start.

More male teachers solution to issues?

By Brittany Hughes - Danville Register & Bee - Virginia, USA
The question of whether more male teachers in city schools would help reduce disciplinary problems was raised at Friday’s Danville School Board work session, where board member Philip Campbell addressed the significant gap between male and female teachers.

According to Juliet Jennings, assistant superintendent for human resources, Danville Public Schools currently employs 515 teachers.

Of those, only 91 are male — meaning only about 1 in 6 city teachers are men.

Maryland schools hope to recruit more male teachers

By Ovetta Wiggins - Washington Post
When Albert Lewis attended middle school in Prince George’s County in the late 1990s, he was shocked to walk into his eighth-grade history class and find a black man sitting behind the teacher’s desk.

Nathaniel Laney’s presence was a first for Lewis, who is now a teacher himself. Until then, he had never seen a male teacher outside of gym class.

Where Are the Black Male Teachers?

By Donald G. Nicolas - Education Week
Often, particularly in urban schools and districts, someone asks: "Where are the black male teachers?"

Utah Dad also Teaches

By Sara Lenz, Deseret News
The fifth grade students in Brad Ericksen's class know what their teacher will be doing after school today. They can tell by his outfit — a navy blue shirt and khaki pants.

He'll be working at Walmart.

Alabama Voices: Someone missing from schools

By Courtney S. Giles
Cuts in education funding have influenced a shift in our focal points regarding the quality of education in the public sector. While the No Child Left Behind Act implications are based upon that of every school in the nation accounting for 100 percent in terms of Adequate Yearly Progress, the achievement gap between majority and minority students remains and is continuously widening.

Teaching is one of the most important professions

A National Education Association (NEA) report indicates that there are 785,151 male teachers in public elementary and secondary schools across the nation compared to 2.4 million women.

While middle school and high school may have brought a few more male teachers into the mix, the truth is, the teaching profession was and really still is, dominated by women.

Lack of Male Teachers Worries China

Members of the 13th Nanjing Municipal Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) put forward a proposal calling for social attention to the issue that a lack of male teachers hinders the development of students on January 12.

Early childhood group for male educators in Wisconsin

UW-STOUT NEWS BUREAU
Early childhood education has been a female-dominated profession for generations.

According to 2011-12 National Education Association statistics, just 16.2 percent of elementary school teachers in the U.S. are men; in Wisconsin it’s 21.5 percent.

Out Of 1,883 Teachers, 56 Black Males

by Melissa Bailey - New Haven Independent
In his 14 years as a New Haven public-school student, Harold Cooper has never had a black male teacher. He’s not alone.

Harold, a 17-year-old Hillhouse High School senior, said he feels black male teachers can “relate more to the students.” He doesn’t know for sure, because in all of his schooling since pre-K, he has never had one.

Where Are All the Caring Men?

by Nick Clements - Huffington Post - UK
For 25 years I worked as an artist in schools. Whilst doing this I was constantly being swamped, observed, followed and interrogated (in a nice way) by the children. At first I thought this was because I wasn't a teacher, but I later realised it was also because I am a man.

I am now employed as a consultant in a wide range of health and care settings, not just schools, and I am still a very rare animal. A brief scan of Google confirmed my solitude:

'Mannies' On The Rise In New Trends for Child Care

Founder of 'NYC Mannies' says male babysitters do job just as well as a female nanny.

Watch the video.

Jury finds girls, parents liable for calling teacher 'perv' and awards $362,653

By Tracey Kaplan - San Jose Mercury News
Two years after San Jose schoolgirls branded a teacher as a "perv" and "creeper" who inappropriately touched kids and peeked into their restroom, a civil jury Friday found the children and their parents financially liable for defamation in a case that pitted the rights of the accused against the aim of reporting perceived abuse.

Misconduct allegations complicate work for male teachers, coaches

By Carl Love - Special to The Press-Enterprise
Allegations of sexual misconduct by coaches and teachers mess things up for guys like me.

Such a case recently arose against a Temecula softball coach, who prosecutors charged with molesting four young girls. The coach, Alex Flores, has pleaded not guilty and is being held on bail of $1 million.

Flores led a travel softball team of 13-year-old girls. In an affidavit asking a judge to set a high bail amount for Flores, Detective Rachael Frost called him "a well-liked and charismatic coach."

Book: Gender, Race, and the Politics of Role Modelling The Influence of Male Teachers

by Wayne Martino & Goli Rezai-Rashti
This book provides an illuminating account of teachers’ own reflections on their experiences of teaching in urban schools. It was conceived as a direct response to policy-related and media-generated concerns about male teacher shortage and offers a critique of the call for more male role models in elementary schools to address important issues regarding gender, race and the politics of representation.

Male Teachers in North Carolina

by Amanda Greene - StarNews Online
Chuck Gore retired from the Navy as a commander after 24 years, but he took his nautical love into his second-grade classroom at Carolina Beach Elementary School when he entered his next career as a teacher.

Students are gunner's mates, signalmen and quartermasters sailing on the U.S.S. Excel.

"Welcome aboard" is the standard greeting for visitors.

Former coach influencing lives as special education teacher

By David A. Schwartz - Sun-Sentinel Staff Writer
Teachers at Spanish River Community High School in Boca Raton call Ray Berger the "gentle giant." His former football players call him "coach."

A big man, Berger works with almost 30 special needs students, many of whom have severe physical disabilities. Now the school's "crisis intervention" teacher, Berger, 50, is respected, not feared.

Increasingly, male teachers found at head of elementary class

by Kevin Simpson - The Denver Post
"Kids had issues with me being a strong figure. They're used to hearing it from their moms or aunts." Tyrone Johnson, above, a third-grade teacher at Ashley Elementary (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)

Each weekday, students filing into Denver's Ashley Elementary School come face to face with a relatively rare educational experience.

Hiring Males Is School District Priority

by Gretchen Phillips - SoMdNews
Male teachers continue to be an area of need for Charles County and the state.

The school system’s human resources department reported to the Charles County Board of Education on Tuesday that of the 170 new hires, 37, or 21.8 percent were men, and 132 or 78.2 percent were women.

Sean McDonald, human resources specialist, told board members that the figure is on par with state figures. He said state data indicate that of those studying education in Maryland colleges and universities 81.4 percent are female.

The U.S. Teach Campaign to recruit more male teachers

By Ryan Houston - WSFA.com News
The Federal Teach campaign was designed to get more minorities, especially men into teaching.  An estimated 1 million teachers will retire in the coming decade, and that means there will be a lot of positions to fill.

Education leaders want to fill some of the openings with a more diverse workforce. Christopher Drake has been teaching at Robert Cross Elementary for 18 years.

To Recruit More Black Male Teachers, Retain Those You Have

by Chase Niesner - LA School Report
New research sponsored by the National Academy of Education seeks a deeper understanding of  why there are so few black male teachers in U.S. public schools.

The End of the Male Teacher: Seniority Rules

By Alan Haskvitz - TeachersNet Gazette
More lucrative occupations, cutbacks in salaries, fear of harassment charges, and possible parent bias against them are driving men from the K-12 teaching field. But the unseen culprit in this demise could be seniority.
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