Column: How I learned my own value as a black male teacher

By Ricky House - PBS Newshour
Article Note: Black males represent roughly 2 percent of all public school teachers in the U.S. While nonwhite educators are being hired at a higher proportional rate than white teachers, they’re also leaving the teaching profession at a higher rate, according to a 2015 report from the Albert Shanker Institute.

Path to a new life takes these minority high school graduates back to preschool

By Alejandra Matos - Washington Post
Sekani Malcolm was serving coffee and pastries at Dunkin’ Donuts last month, a 20-year-old high school graduate with no plans to go to college and few aspirations for a solid career. He had struggled in school, where he sometimes found trouble, and he was working the part-time job to help support his 3-month-old daughter.

Become an Urban Teacher

KD Brown - Urban Teachers Urban Teachers?'

How to Become a Teacher in Lots of Steps

by Ron Clone - Racine County Eye
Training for the profession of teaching, even in 1971, was not the easiest major to enter at Michigan State. When I transferred from Central Michigan as a junior, I was headed into secondary education, as I mentioned in my initial blog entry. After the first term, I decided to switch my major to elementary after several conversations with my oldest brother and his wife, both of whom were teachers.

An Interview with David Brody: The role of men in teaching

This is an interview of David Brody in New Zealand. David has spent most of his career focusing on early childhood education, teacher training and academic research. He recently sat down with The Jerusalem Post to discuss the role of men in early childhood education and his research in the field of gender balance, which he began some five years ago. Your read about his research here.

Editorial: What Teacher Dispositions Engage Children in Learning?

by Dr. Jill Klefstad - UW Stout
Last November, Joe and Brandon, two of the male early childhood students attended the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) conference and participated in every presentation given by a male educator. These two men were affirmed in their decision to become early childhood teachers because they continually heard how important it is for children to have a male teacher.

Want black male role models in our schools? Hire them as teachers.

by Goorish Wibneh - The Seattle Globalist
The Seattle Public Schools has a well documented "achievement gap." That's the striking difference in academic achievement between black male students (and other students of color) compared with their white counterparts.

As of last year, SPS also has a five-year strategic plan to address the gap.

Gender stereotypes breaking down in career choices

by Tyra Jackson - Reporter - Opelika-Auburn News
A typical work day for East Alabama Medical Center nurse Charles Smith can consist of extreme emergencies, the stabilization of patients, collaborating with co-workers, educating families about medical conditions and anything that has to do with saving a life.

On some days at the intensive care unit, he might even be referred to as "doc."

Male teachers in elementaries

by Rick McCrabb - Journal-News
They can have a positive effect in the classroom, research shows.

Men make up only 10 percent of the elementary school teachers in Butler County, a trend seen nationally and one that concerns education experts.

The Middletown Journal analyzed staff lists in 10 Butler County districts, and of the 1,603.8 full-time equivalent teachers in elementary schools, 164 — or 10.2 percent — are men, according to 2010-11 data from the Ohio Department of Education.

Education facing shortage of African American male teachers

by Jay Hare - Dothan Eagle
Rodney McCloud is something of a rarity in the education profession. He’s an African American male educator who teaches a STEM-related class.

Will More Black Male Teachers Help Black Boys Better Succeed In School?

By Marika Suval - Wisconsin Public Radio
Educator Christopher Emdin has unhappy memories of being a young black student taught by a black male teacher who didn't see value in him as a person. Now, he sees his experiences persists among students he's interviewed and worked with.

Video: Male Teachers in Mississippi

by Victoria Bailey -
Across the country, teaching is considered an overwhelmingly female profession.

According to in the Mississippi School Systems, grades k-12, only seventeen percent of teachers are made up of males.

The marines may be looking for a few good men but Mississippi School Systems are in the same position.

For many students in grade school a teacher is usually a Mrs. and if there are men in the school system they work as a bus driver, coach a sport or do vocational work.

To be a teacher, one must have a love for the class room.

Recent college graduate returns to classroom: Town welcomes fourth-grade teacher

By Theresa Bourke - Echo Journal
From college football player and aspiring coach to fourth-grade teacher. That's how Adam Langan ended up in Nisswa.

"I kind of lost interest in football the second year I was playing and really gained more interest in teaching," Langan said. "(I) realized that teaching was really what I wanted to do."

'We could change a life': Summerville teacher to start male mentoring program

by Jenna-Ley Harrison - The Summerville Journal Scene
Growing up, Summerville teacher ReZsaun Lewis never felt connected with school. He grew up in a rough North Charleston neighborhood and watched his two brothers suffer from poor decisions. Lewis said he, too, might have ended up in jail like one of them, or on a different life path, had his middle school chorus teacher Marianne Williams not taken him under her wing.

Why Black Men Quit Teaching

By Christopher Emdinaug - New York Times
How can we help black boys succeed in school? One popular answer is that we need more black male teachers.

Men in early childcare: ‘We’ve seen nothing but a positive impact’

by Sheila Wayman - Irish Times
“Early childhood education in Ireland at the moment is at a very exciting place,” says David Kenna (29), a “floating” junior manager with Park Academy Childcare, which has eight centres in south Dublin/north Wicklow, including an outdoors nature kindergarten.

“It is all moving towards child-led learning and learning through play; that’s what really appeals to me.”

The Impact of a Black Male Teacher: The Day Harrison Died

by Rashad J. Smith, Rochester - Democrat & Chronicle
Steven James Harrison, Jr. was an English teacher in the Rochester City School District who gave a large part of his time and resources to students beyond the classroom. On August 4, 2006 Harrison traveled from Rochester to his home in the Bronx along with his brother Marquis to celebrate their mother's birthday.

Lawyer-Turned-Teacher Says Desire for Family Time Explains Why More Men Go 'Pink Collar'

By Debra Cassens Weiss - ABA Journel
Adrian Ortiz made more money in Mexico than in the United States, but he’s not complaining.

Her Male Teachers Were Integral to Her Success and Sense of Self

by Kara Post-Kennedy - The Good Men Project
I just had a conversation with an old high school friend of mine who is now a high school teacher herself about the nature of student/teacher relationships.

She confessed that she has an easier time connecting with her male students than her female ones; this prompted us to reminisce about the teachers who had impacted us most during those years.

I was somewhat amazed to realize that ALL of the teachers who sprang to my mind were men.

Editorial: Humble and Kind

by Dr. Jill Klefstad - UW Stout
Recently, I heard Tim McGraw's new song, Humble and Kind. Typically I am skeptical of reading too much emphasis into the lyrics of songs but something about this song keeps tugging at my heartstrings. Take some time to listen to the song here.

and feel free to read the lyrics here.

Only 8 percent of New York City teachers are men of color. Here's how the city is trying to change that

By Patrick Wall - Chalkbeat
"Start sharing. Don't be shy," the facilitator said at the start a training last week for Asian, black, and Hispanic men hoping to teach in the New York City school system. He'd asked them to name a movie or song that spoke to them.

End Gender Barriers for Male Teachers

by Shiva Darshan - Washington Square News - Staff Writer
Recent efforts to break gender barriers in traditionally male-dominated fields present opportunities for women to advance in fields which were previously closed off to them. While there is still work to be done, initiatives such as Girls Who Code or the NYU organization Women In Science suggest there is hope for a female-friendly work environment. However, where there is imbalance in male-dominated professions, there is also an imbalance in female-dominated fields which must be similarly remedied.

Race Biases Teachers’ Expectations for Students

When evaluating the same black student, white teachers expect significantly less academic success than black teachers, a new study concludes. This is especially true for black boys.

Excellent Educator: Tom Bedard Of Homecroft Early Learning Center

by Kim Johnson - WCCO
[MenTeach: You read more about Tom's work here. And his story here. His blog postings here.

Tom Bedard has spent his career working with the youngest of students at Homecroft Early Learning Center in St. Paul.

"Birth to five years old, I've worked with thousands of children," he said.

'MacGyver' for preschoolers brings expertise to the (water) table

By Molly Guthrey - Pioneer Press
[MenTeach: See an interview and story about Tom Bedard here]. The preschoolers gather around the water table Monday morning.

It's a wondrous contraption, two tables fashioned into one long one and stacked with accessories like swimming noodles and coffee filters.

New York mayor: Why our cities need more teachers of color

By New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
Our nation hit two significant milestones in the last two years: for the first time, the majority of U.S. public school students and the majority of U.S. children under the age of five are of color.

Only male teacher at Felbridge school explains why more men needed in classroom

By Rachel Barr - East Grinstead Courier
The only male teacher at a school in Felbridge has shared his views on why more men should work in primary education.

Eliot Law joined Felbridge Primary, in Crawley Down Road, in September and became the first male teacher at the school in more than five years.

Part Silly Adult, Human Monkey Bar; All Kindergarten

by Morgan Jarema - School News Network
Gerald Neff sits on a kindergartner-size table at the front of his classroom on a recent morning and welcomes his class to a new day.

"Morning Georgia! You're wearing a dress. Are you getting married today?" he asks a youngster in a blue frock and pink leggings. "Hey Miles, does your ear still hurt?" he asks a boy who holds a paper towel up to the side of his head.

The remarks of Donovan Livingston at Harvard

by Donovan Livingston - Harvard Graduate School of Education
"Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin,
Is a great equalizer of the conditions of men." – Horace Mann, 1848.
At the time of his remarks I couldn't read — couldn't write.
Any attempt to do so, punishable by death.
For generations we have known of knowledge's infinite power.
Yet somehow, we've never questioned the keeper of the keys —
The guardians of information.

The importance of male teachers

by Lisa Kadane - Todays Parent
My daughter Avery's grade five teacher is a bit of an anomaly. Students build different models of paper airplanes to test hang time during the unit on aerodynamics. The kids help choose and order school supplies as an exercise in budgeting and mathematics.
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