More men make the grade as teachers in Halifax

A growing number of men are opting for careers as primary school teachers, according to a Brighouse-based specialist education recruitment agency.

Latest figures from Provide Education show that 15 per cent of the teachers they now place in primary school jobs across the region are men.

College program helping African-American males become teachers

By Brittany Jones - WJAX TV
There is a new push from a local college to get more teachers inside local classrooms.

The "Call Me Mister" program at Edward Waters College is designed to get more African-American men in schools as teachers.

"It's pretty much a big game-changer in my life," said Bernard Agurs, the first "Call Me Mister"graduate.

Soon he'll be changing the lives of students.

From mentor to certified teacher, Agurs says he learned one thing is essential.

Georgia’s new Teacher of the Year: Former attorney looking to make lasting impact

by Maureen Downey - Atlanta Constitution Journal
The state Department of Education announced the Georgia Teacher of the Year today.

Interesting to see that six of the 10 finalists, including the winner, are male teachers. (Nationwide, 84 percent of k-12 teachers are women.)

Here is the DOE release:

Black male teachers: There aren’t enough of them

By Valerie Strauss - The Washington Post and Travis J. Bristol
Consider these statistics: Slightly more than half of all public schools students are children of color. Yet, despite documented benefits of a racially and ethnically diverse teaching force, no more than 2 percent of teachers in the public education system are black men. What’s more, research shows that teachers of color are leaving the profession.

Nonprofit trains students to stay in school, become teachers

By Danielle Brody - Westfair Communications
In her 20 years as CEO of Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Teachers, Bettye H. Perkins has seen hundreds of ninth-graders return to their schools as teachers after completing the nonprofit’s mentorship and training program.

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Recruiting Male Teachers

by Dedrick Russell -
Charlotte-Mecklenburg School (CMS) district is on a special assignment. The district wants to have at least 22 percent of its new teachers this year to be male. Currently out of about 9,000 CMS teachers, 20 percent are male.

The national average is about 24 percent of teachers are men. CMS superintendent Ann Clark believes increasing male teachers will make a difference in learning and help fill the teacher pipeline.

Indiana University - South Bend recruiting minority, male teachers

The lack of minority men teaching in the classroom is a growing problem nationwide. IU South Bend is hoping to change that locally though.

The university’s vision is to help minority male students pursue teaching and then place them. The goal is for the future educators to be an example to the students who may have never seen a teacher that looks like them.

“We need more minority teachers, we need more African American teachers,” said Dr. Carole Schmidt, Superintendent of the South Bend School Corporation.

Boise State student encounters child care sexism

As more parents and primary caregivers work outside the home than ever before, demand for early childhood caregivers is on the rise. More women are forging new careers elsewhere, leaving the field scrambling to keep up, and care professionals are looking at men as a solution.

Gender Disparity in Public Elementary Education

by Jacqueline Froelich - KUAF Radio
Most public elementary school teachers are female. We examine this historic trend, as well as what male instructors bring to the classroom.

Listen to this radio recording about men teaching.

November 13, 2014

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Male teachers in Utah try to live on teacher’s salary

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.

Male teachers in Canada

by Dave Waddell - The Windsor Star
Towering above his students at Windsor’s Northwood Elementary School, six-foot-11 Richard Shaw hardly looks like an endangered species.

Yet Shaw and his male peers are becoming increasingly rare in Ontario’s classrooms, especially at the elementary school level.

Scholarship designed for African-American men in Florida

by Jennifer Waugh, KJXT - The Morning Show anchor, investigative reporter,
Edward Waters College is offering a scholarship program called, Call Me Mister. The college needs more applicants. It is available for African-American men who want to become teachers.

December 1, 2014

Kindergarten teacher part of a rare breed

by Chuck Fieldman - The Doings
As a male kindergarten teacher, new Brook Forest School teacher David Mangless is a rare breed — only 2.3 percent of the country’s preschool and kindergarten teachers in 2013 were men, according to the most recent statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Q. Did you know that you wanted to teach kindergarten when you decided that you were interested in becoming a teacher?

When was the last time you encountered a male teacher? Apparently, not soon enough

Compiled by Eric Schulzke
Boys will rarely if ever encounter a male teacher until they reach high school, a fact lamented by many both because teacher's serve as important role models and because the lack of gender diversity tends to turn the profession into a prestige ghetto.

Book on lack of black male teachers released

A former Suffolk school principal and her husband have co-authored a book, along with another colleague, about the shortage of black male teachers in America.

Very Few Jobs Besides Teaching Offer This Much Reward

by Jeremy Greensmith

I would imagine that the lack of male teachers has long standing, structural causes. Teaching is not, after all, the only historically female profession that remains so. But if that is the case it’s a shame, since elementary classrooms have a lot to offer in career opportunity for men.

Even when the tasks themselves are relatively simple, the act of helping a gloriously mixed group of kids is hard.

Why Don’t More Men Go Into Teaching?

by Motoko Rich - New York Times
As Tommie Leaders, 22, approached college graduation last spring, his professors told him he would have no trouble getting hired. “You’re a guy teaching elementary, ” they said.

Mr. Leaders, who earned his education degree from the University of Nebraska in June, started teaching fifth grade last month in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He is the only male teacher in the building.

Gentlemen, Preschool Is Calling

by Matt Collette - National Public Radio (NPR)
Glenn Peters knew he would be in the minority when he started training to teach preschool as part of New York City's rollout of universal pre-K, the largest such initiative in the country. But he didn't realize just how rare men are in the profession until he attended a resume-building workshop for aspiring pre-K teachers.

More men seeking 'manny' work due to lousy economy

Greg Carroll left his job as an executive chef in 2009, when  his boss asked him to slash his 500-person staff by half. Since then, Carroll has done some catering, some consulting and some cooking in private homes. But full-time work has proven elusive.

New teachers, nervous as kindergartners, prepare for the first day of school

By Ovetta Wiggins and T. Rees Shapiro - Washington Post
Along with the hundreds of thousands of students heading back to school across the region this week and next, there are hundreds of new teachers, some of them leading a classroom for the first time.

And some of those teachers are just as nervous as the students.

Jefferson welcomes district's only male kindergarten teacher

by Marla K. Kuhlman - Rocky Fork Enterprise
Jefferson Elementary School will employ the district's only male kindergarten teacher this school year.

Grant Jones, 22, will teach about 20 kindergartners when classes begin Aug. 13. He will be the only man among 25 kindergarten teachers.

Jefferson principal Roben Frentzel said Jones is a great guy. She said Jefferson also is home to male teacher Kory Hartinger, who teaches third grade.

How Boston Public Schools Can Recruit and Retain Black Male Teachers

by Travis Bristol
Our guest author today is Travis J. Bristol, former high school English teacher in New York City public schools and teacher educator with the Boston Teacher Residency program, who is currently a research and policy fellow at the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) at Stanford University.

Why Are There So Few Men in Jewish Nursery School Classrooms?

by Anna Goldenberg - The Jewish Daily Forward
It's circle time in classroom four. Sixteen 5-year-olds sit on the carpet and patiently wait for the weather report. After observing Amsterdam Avenue through the large windows of the JCC in Manhattan's nursery school, a blond girl in a pink dress announces, "It's sunny and cloudy." Her peers seem content with the analysis, and the girl turns to await feedback from her teacher, a 30-year-old man with short hair, a ginger beard and freckles on his arms.

"Very good," Adam Metzger says. "There's also a word for it: overcast."

Study: Minority teachers benefit all

by Freddie Allen - The Charlotte Post
Changing demographics trend toward diversity

Despite the cry from people of color for more teachers who look like them, both whites and blacks benefit from a more diverse teaching force, according to a study by Center of American Progress.

Study: Minority teachers benefit all

by Freddie Allen - The Charlotte Post
Despite the cry from people of color for more teachers who look like them, both whites and blacks benefit from a more diverse teaching force, according to a study by Center of American Progress.

Male teachers in Western Pennsylvania elementary classrooms

by Amy Crawford - TribLive
Sixteen kindergarteners sat cross-legged on a rag rug, singing songs about the days of the week and the months of the year.

The classroom at Carnegie Elementary School in the Carlynton School District was furnished with the usual toys preferred by 5-year-olds -- trucks, blocks, a kitchen play-set, a miniature makeup table. There was a collection of books nearby, and a set of puzzles in cardboard boxes.

In addition to lists of class rules and words the students had learned to read, Penguins, Steelers and Pirates posters decorated the walls.

Program aims to attract black males into teaching

By Eric Boodman - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A doctoral candidate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania recently stood in front of high school students from the Homewood Children's Village and asked how many planned to go to college. All hands shot up, but when he asked how many planned to go into education, the hands dropped down.
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