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.

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.

On Sale: Men Who Teach Young Children - An international perspective

David Brody
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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

Sex: How does it affect our education system?
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