Don's Column: The Power of One

by Donald E. Piburn, M.S.Ed - MenTeach - Hawaii
[MenTeach: Don Piburn has be working in early education for years. He has been instrumental in recruiting and retaining men teachers through his work in Hawaii hosting MenTeach retreats, serving on the AEYC affiliate board and being a founding father of the World Forum Men in Early Childhood Education (MECE). These articles were written 10 years ago and are still relevant to our work today.]

Male Teachers Needed In Primary Grades

By Drew M. McWeeney - Fresh Talk - The Hartford Courant
Often, when we think about the fields of elementary education, early childhood education, special education and even English, we tend to think about them as being female-dominated. Having a specific gender committed to these professions is wonderful, but poses a major problem for our public educational system.

Column: Men in Early Childhood Education - On the Retreat In Hawaii

by Donald E. Piburn, M.S.Ed
[MenTeach: Don Piburn has been working in early education for years. He has been instrumental in recruiting and retaining men teachers through his work in Hawaii hosting MenTeach retreats, serving on the AEYC affiliate board and being a founding father of the World Forum Men in Early Childhood Education (MECE).

The Pendulum Column: Where is Mr. Waldo?

by Donald E. Piburn, M.S.Ed
[MenTeach: Don Piburn has been working in early education for years. He has been instrumental in recruiting and retaining men teachers through his work in Hawaii hosting MenTeach retreats, serving on the AEYC affiliate board and being a founding father of the World Forum Men in Early Childhood Education (MECE). These articles were written 10 years ago and are still relevant to our work today.]

We need more black male teachers like me

by Mario Shaw - Charlotte Observer
Mario Shaw is a 7th grade teacher at Charlotte's Ranson Middle School and a Teach for America product. With the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling this Saturday, Shaw wanted to reflect on where things stand today on inequalities in public education.

Moms’ stories: Where are the men in Irish childcare?

Although we are very happy with Little Man’s crèche, one thing that Charlie and I really feel it is lacking is a male presence. For 8-10 hours a day on the days he is in childcare, Little Man is in a solely female environment. There are no male childcare workers there. And this is not a phenomenon that’s exclusive to one particular crèche.

Black Male Teacher Stands For Aspiration, Support

by Mark Jenkins, Jr. - FRESH TALK The Hartford Courant
I am one of the African American males who, according to The National Academy of Education, make up less than 2 percent of the nation's public school teachers.

It's a statistic that came out just a few months after CNN reported that black male students have dramatically fewer black male teachers as role models compared with their white peers. It's not a new phenomenon. In 2011, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan launched a recruitment campaign, "Black Men to the Blackboard," which called for more African American males to pursue education careers.

Being a male elementary school teacher

by Carl Love - The Press Enterprise
It’s an email from a Temecula school librarian that gets me thinking about what a rare breed I am.

I’m a male elementary school teacher. While exact numbers are hard to come by in the state or nationally, in searching the web, men seem to represent about 10 percent of elementary school teachers.

Locally, in Lake Elsinore, we are 37 out of 375 elementary teachers. In Temecula, we are 52 out of 419. In Murrieta, where I work, we are 35 out of 356 teachers.

Real Men or Real Teachers Author Paul Sargent died

[MenTeach: Paul Sargent died in February 2013. He wrote the significantly useful book: Real Men or Real Teachers. We truly appreciated his unique perspective about our work from a sociologist's perspective.]

By Lorena Nava Ruggero - San Diego State University

Spike Lee: We need options other than sports, rap and the corner

by Maureen Downey - Blog - Atlanta Journal Constitution
I just attended the U.S. Department of Education town hall meeting at Morehouse College featuring Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Congressman John Lewis, filmmaker and Morehouse graduate Spike Lee, Morehouse President Robert Michael Franklin, New Schools of Carver science teacher Christopher Watson, MSNBC contributor Jeff Johnson and Jonesboro’s Mundy’s Mill Middle School principal Derrick Dalton.

Op-Ed: We Are in Desperate Need of More Male Elementary School Teachers

by Greg Mullenholz - Take Part
Early in my career, before I was married, I admit that I enjoyed all the comments and attention that came with being a male elementary school teacher. “Awww, that’s so cute” or “You must be sensitive” were ones I heard quite often.

I remember that even in my teacher prep program, there were only three male elementary education students. Carl Bilotta, Corey Serio, and I sat at the same table, back of the room, for most of our methods classes. We were the three “amigos” in the world of the “amigas.”

I want to do something!

MenTeach gets e-mails from many men and women who want to contribute to the work the we do.

For example: I'm a 3rd grade teacher at the University of X, a K-12 public institution connected to the university and more specifically its College of Education. I've read through the MenTeach site and some of the published material from Bryan Nelson this evening. I am incredibly intrigued, as I have been wondering and hoping to have some involvement to also effect some change on this subject--or at the least do some work/study into these issues.

I want to teach

MenTeach: We get numerous e-mails from men who want to teach.

For example:

"I am a male interested in becoming an elementary school special education teacher.
The main thing holding me back is a fear that I will not be able to find a job due to gender discrimination.

In your experience, do men usually have trouble securing jobs for this reason?"

What is YOUR advice to this man?

Here's what we often share - it really depends on so many things:

Dreams for Manitoba men in early education

by Ron Blatz - Manitoba, Canada
I found it interesting that one of Canada's largest cities has taken on an initiative because of concerns that 80% of their teachers are female.  See attached article.  Yet is continues to be difficult to convince ECE Educators, Provincial Governments, or Employers in Centres to consider any significant initiative when the number of women in our ECE programs in Canada is still at 96-97%.

Same-Sex Education: Do Male Students Need a Male Teacher?

By Ilana Garon - EdWeek Blog
In last week's blog, I discussed my predominantly male class--a group of kids whose behavior I'd had tremendous difficulty managing last semester while team-teaching with a female special-education teacher. Now, with a male special-education teacher, the students' behavior was suddenly much improved.

Students find female role model in male-dominated field

By Amy Barnett - SHSU News Service
[MenTeach: What if you changed 'girl' in this article to 'boy' and 'women' to 'men' and offered early education careers or nurturing careers for men? Would you consider being a role model for boys and men to teach?]

Ask a 7-year-old girl what she wants to be when she grows up, and the possibilities are endless. She may tell you she wants to be a doctor or lawyer one day then decide to be an astronaut or teacher the next.

Employment Tips for First Time Teachers

by Jonathan Maiden - Employment Consultant
As a man in the field of Child Development, I know what it is like to be in search of a professional teaching position.  Below are a few helpful pointers to help you stand out from the rest of the pack:

Look like you belong

Missing: male teachers

by Alison Johnson - Mytidewatermoms.com
My 11-year-old son Tommy doesn't particularly like math. He does, however, love his 6th grade math teacher.

One big reason: His math teacher is male.

Acclaimed South African Author: Teaching not just for women

by JM Coetzee - Times
Acclaimed authour, JM Coetzee received an honorary doctorate from Wits University, in The Great Hall on the university campus. Coetzee, a double recipient of the Booker Prize and a winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, received a Doctor of Literature degree.

Why Black/Latino Male Teachers aren't as Effective in the Classroom...Yet

by Jose Vilson - Huffington Post
There's plenty of discussion about the need for more black/Latino males becoming teachers, capped by a recent discussion by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in which he promoted a program (TEACH) to help improve those numbers. In Jacksonville, FL, for instance, The Achieve Instill Inspire Foundation is looking to encourage more black males as teachers across the state by supplementing their education degrees.

Where men make up 97% of the teachers?

by Bryan G. Nelson - MenTeach
Where do men make up 97% of the teachers?

How about Liberia, Africa.

A Report: International Conference about men in early education in Berlin, Germany

by Bryan G. Nelson - MenTeach
The International Conference "Men in Early Childhood Education and Care" on the 27th and 28th of September 2012 in Berlin, Germany was quite an exciting event. There were people brought in from all over the world to talk about men teaching. I arrived early to the conference and was able to tour around Berlin. This is such a historic city and I was able to go on a walking tour.

We need the men!

by Pamela Haines - Promising Kids
One of the things I cherish about my husband is his abiding concern for young children. When I was still so-not-ready to have babies, all my attention going to being as big in the world as I could possibly be, he was working on a project in the schools to help young children respond creatively to conflict. Then he took a job in a little cooperative nursery school in our neighborhood, steadily building his skills and experience.

Man Up: Be a Teacher

by Nalin Ratnayake - Boston Teacher Residency
Something about our visit to the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative a couple of weeks ago stuck with me, and it's only recently that my percolating thoughts on the matter have condensed into something bloggable. During the welcome presentation, a gentleman from the board of DSNI (or possibly DSNCS) came in to say hi. He spoke briefly but warmly. On the way out he turned and added: "And by the way. Fellas. Where you at?

Too few men choose careers in teaching

Concord Monitor Staff
Children benefit from having role models from both genders. That's why, several years ago, the United States joined the many nations that launched campaigns to convince more men to become public school teachers. The effort was needed. In 2008, according to the National Education Association, the percentage of men in teaching hit a 40-year low of 25 percent and stayed there.

Resources for falsely accused teachers

MenTeach: One of the occupational hazards of working with children is the possibility of being falsely accused. It was one of three reasons why men don't stay with or start teaching (see our research).

An editorial: Male teachers are a rare and special species in Malaysia

by Nithya Sidhhu - The Star Online - Malaysia
While women teachers are known to multitask in motherly, mentoring ways, there are some things only a man can do, and that's what makes male teachers extra special.

I sometimes think we don't give our men teachers enough credit. Just because they are outnumbered by women in schools, it does not mean they should be overlooked or forgotten. They matter.

Are the percentages of male teachers going up or going down?

Bryan G. Nelson
MenTeach gets interviewed by media on a regular basis. One of the biggest challenges is when all of the interview doesn't get included. For example, in ExchangeEveryDay, June 7, 2012, we see a headline: Male Teachers Declining. Here's the article:

"The economic downturn seems to have worsened an already vast gap between the numbers of men and women teachers, particularly in the early grades," writes Sarah Sparks in Education Week (May 9, 2012).

A Career in Education in Arizona

by Marc Severson - Tucson Citizen
I have worked in education full time now for 33 years. Prior to that while training to be an archaeologist, I often helped out in my wife’s preschool. Also during down times in the field I would go back to work with the little ones. I enjoyed it; they enjoyed it; it was the proverbial “win-win”. They only thing that bothered me was that preschool didn’t pay much – minimum wage was common, no matter what your educational background. Of course at that time in the 70s archaeology didn’t pay that well either so I wasn’t losing much.

Are you an alien? Experiences of a male Primary School teacher

[MenTeach: We search out male teachers blog posts and like to give MenTeach readers an opportunity to read them.]
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