U.S. schools seek role models for boys

Interview by Kate Hammer - The Globe & Mail
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan talks to The Globe and Mail's Kate Hammer about why boys are falling behind south of the border, and what can be done to close the gap between genders in the classroom. Teachers, he argues, will be central to addressing this problem and he and his staff are looking at ways to recruit male minorities to teaching.

Raising Boys' Achievement Involves More Male Teachers

By Jake Miller - Educator's Room
It's no shock to any reader - teacher or parent - to learn that boys are not just falling behind, they're sinking. In the middle school where I teach, of our nearly 1,100 students, roughly 80% of the special education students are male. More than 2/3 of the students failing classes are male. More than 75% of the discipline problems, again, originate with our young men.

In The Land Of Women: Being a Man in Early Childhood Education

By Theodore Kokoros - Wheelock College
About 5 years ago a movie starring Kristen Stewart, Adam Brody, and Meg Ryan came out called “In The Land of Women.” I have only seen a few parts of it while flipping through channels on cable, but the title of the movie has always stuck with me. Five days a week, I wake up and head to my main job as a Pre-K teacher at a non-profit Early Childhood Education Center in Boston where I am the only male out of the 20 or so employees.

Foundation pays education expenses to increase male black and Hispanic elementary teachers

By Topher Sanders -
Joshua Shubert sometimes thinks his third-grade teacher, Wayne Mitchell, is mean. Octavia Shubert, Joshua's mother, disagrees.

"No, he's firm," Shubert says of Mitchell. "And that's what I like. Especially [for] a young black man with the way the world is today."

Men needed more in childcare say women

by Bev Jordan - Hilshire Times - Australia
Craig Patterson at St Michael's Family Long Day Care is one of a rare breed, a man who works in childcare.

He is just about to clock up seven years at the Baulkham Hills centre and 13 years in childcare in western Sydney.

He is a hit with children, parents and staff alike.

Men in the teaching profession in Georgia

By Andrea Castillo — The Macon Telegraph
“Mild” and “spicy” aren’t adjectives that Edgar Ray, a fourth-grade teacher at Bruce Elementary School, limits to descriptions of food.

During a recent lesson on synonyms and antonyms, Ray used those words to explain to his students that words with similar meanings can express different ideas.

Male elementary school teachers in New England

by Michael Brindley - Staff Writer, The Telegraph
Michael O’Dell didn’t have a male teacher until the seventh grade. He’s making sure his students can’t say the same thing.

Lake City man lives dream of being teacher

by Bradrick McClam -
Rashad Myers said he discovered as a senior at Lake City High School that he wanted to become a teacher. He said his Chemistry II teacher was a role model to him and that he liked the idea of having a black male teacher.

"Education is important and the key to success, no matter what field you pursue," Myers said.

New report looks at best practices for enhancing the teaching & learning of minority boys in single-sex classrooms

Nipissing University, Schulich School of Education, tenured, full professor Dr. Douglas Gosse has released a groundbreaking new study that uncovers optimal teaching and learning approaches and strategies for minority boys, via the implementation of single-sex classrooms.

Male educators in Grand Forks elementary classrooms

by Jennifer Johnson - Grand Forks Herald
Early in his teaching career at Grand Forks’ Ben Franklin Elementary School, Harold Gustafson had a good student he described as “a little Pigpen,” named after the Peanuts character who was always followed by a trail of dust.

The boy’s father kept urging him to clean his room, but the boy refused. One weekend, the father moved out.

Greenville actor named district Teacher of the Year

by Eric Connor - Staff Writer Greenville Online
In his first year of teaching, actor Will Ragland could always count on a standing ovation in the Bryson Elementary School cafeteria.

Our schools need more male teachers

by William Gormley, PhD
In recent years, education experts have converged on one big idea: Teachers matter. Studies show that years of good teaching can set a student on a good path, while years of bad teaching can do the opposite.

Yet only a fraction of our teachers are the best and the brightest of their generation. According to a 2010 McKinsey report, nearly half of U.S. teachers come from the bottom third of their class.

Creating future-minded African American men

By Jessica Brown -
[MenTeach: If you want to contact Gary Favors about his program, check out his website: Hearts and Minds.]

Of all the projects he completed in the Hearts and Minds program this spring, Roman Putman Jr. is most proud of his "future board."

50 per cent more males in teaching

According to the BBC, a report funded by the Department for Education (DfE) has suggested that men are not only increasing their presence in the education sector, but are doing so at five times the rate of women.  

Changes focused on Primary Schools

Michigan Man finds satisfaction teaching overseas

by Chuck Carlson - The Enquirer
Kevin Hodges has a career that, quite literally, could take him around the world before he’s done.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Hodges, a 1983 Battle Creek Central High grad who waded through his share of uncertainty and frustration before settling on a job that, at least in the United States, is beset by instability and layoffs.

Male Teacher blazes a new trail in China

by Yang Yijun - China Daily
Children in the brand new Haoertong Kindergarten like to boast to their peers at other kindergartens: "Our principal is a handsome uncle."

Zhu Jun, the first male graduate of preschool education studies in Shanghai, is now the city's first male kindergarten principal with a professional educational background.

Men in elementary classrooms in New Hampshire

by Sarah Palermo - Monitor staff
When Jerry Parr of Londonderry was 3 years old, he knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. But when he was in college, he had a moment of doubt.

Remembering his own preschool teacher, he worried, "Will I play the piano and sing well enough to engage my students? Will my drawing abilities ever be up to par? Am I creative enough and sensitive enough?"

St. Paul teacher retiring

By Mila Koumpilova -
Parenting is tough. This St. Paul teacher made it easier. Now he's retiring.

He gets guys to croon "Itsy Bitsy Spider," moms to open up about hormonal rollercoasters and kids to put away their toys.

He started a support group of sorts for stay-at-home dads, a rock band that sings about the twists-and-turns of parenting -- and a backlash against lavish kid birthday parties that went international.

Wanted: Black male teachers across the nation

by ReShonda Tate Billingsley - Special to the NNPA from the Houston Defender
It's a nationwide problem - the shortage of Black male teachers. Only two percent of the nation's nearly five million teachers are African American.

Guilty Until Proven Innocent: Teachers and Accusations of Abuse

We publish letters and articles on a regular basis from men falsely accused. One of our members, Professor Jon Bradley has been interviewing both men and women about this issue. He recommends a book called: Guilty Until Proven Innocent: Teachers and Accusations of Abuse. by Matthew D Olson & Gregory Lawler

Clemson Call Me MISTER program to expand into Mississippi

The successful and nationally recognized Call Me MISTER program, established at Clemson University in 2000 to increase the number of African-American males teaching in K-12 schools, will collaborate with Jackson State University to increase the diversity of available teachers in Mississippi. This collaboration will be funded by a $200,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Mich.

Male Call: Schools Looking for a Few Good Men

by Joseph Harkins -
Despite the bleak job picture, elementary and middle schools are still looking for a few good men and, in fact, they are getting harder to find.

Male Teacher led mentoring program for boys honored

by Annie McCallum Bitter - Montgomery Advertiser
A new mentoring program at T.S. Morris Elementary School for its male students, aimed at giving children role models and teaching etiquette, has earned the Montgomery school a national honor.

Morris was among 242 schools recently dubbed by the Character Education Partnership as 2012 Promising Practice Award winners. Morris is the only Alabama school to earn the distinction.

African-American Males in K-12 Teaching

by Michael Rainey - editor of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.
Pay a visit to almost any elementary school, junior high or high school in the United States today and chances are the last thing you'll see is an African-American male teacher walking the halls. This isn't necessarily the result of any inherent form of racism, but rather it is at least partially the result of a lack of African-American males coming through the higher education pipeline, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

The latest data about the percentage of male teachers in the United States

This is the 2011 United States Bureau of Labor Statistics data about numbers and percentages of teachers. If you compare the 2011 data with 2010 there are some changes. Check out the data and then go look at the previous years: Data about Teachers.

Male teacher showing students how to become positive role models

Reported by Darlene Dorsey - News
He claims there are days he doesn't feel like working, but when Eric Gomez steps in front of students in a classroom, he lights up.

Free tuition and board to black men to teach in New Orleans

WSDU Television
Michael Booker, principal at Lake Area High College Prep in New Orleans, is a rare breed.

According to the Department of Education, African-American male teachers and administrators are becoming extinct. Only 2 percent of the nation’s 4.8 million teachers are black men.

Bearing that in mind, Booker says he and other African-American male educators have a responsibility to set a positive tone.

False abuse accusations against teachers

by Mark Gollom, CBC News
Teachers across Canada are having their reputations ruined as increasing numbers get falsely accused of abusing their students, or acting inappropriately with them, experts say.

Parents say, ‘I want Mr. Wells because I want a man.’

by Megan Gildow-Anthony, Staff Writer - Springfield News-Sun
Most elementary schools in Clark and Champaign counties have only a handful of male teachers on staff, but men can be valuable in the classroom as role models for children, according to experts.

About 8 percent of elementary school teachers in the area are male, according to a Springfield News-Sun analysis of Ohio Department of Education data. Twenty-five percent of teaching staff across all grades are male.

Black male teachers in the United States

by Allen Huntspon and George Howell - CNN
Take a moment and think of all the teachers you had between pre-K and twelfth grade.

Now, how many of them were black men?

For most people, this question won't take too long to answer. That's because less than two percent of America's teachers are black men, according to the Department of Education.

That is less than 1 in 50 teachers.
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