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'Young Black Men [Should] See Black Men in Front of Them' -- This Detroit Teacher

By Quan Neloms -
I began teaching at 22. Back in my hometown of Detroit and fresh out of college, I thought I had all the answers.

I believed students would instantly relate to me because of my knowledge, enthusiasm and youth.

Ha!

History Lesson: Public school teachers - Legacy of low pay and little respect

Winona Daily News Centennial Edition Nov. 20, 1955
Only women taught school in the very first years of Winona's public school history. The low pay ($20 a month) did not attract men. Secondly, women, it seems, were considered more capable of handling the difficult discipline problems which cropped up in classes composed of children of so many different ages and backgrounds.

The Repercussions of the Black Teacher Shortage

by Mimi Kirk - Citylab
A recent study found that black students who have at least one black teacher do better in school. Making policy around this research is complicated.

Why young Latino men don't think of becoming teachers

by Gary Warth - The San Diego Union-Tribune
San Marcos High School student Brayan Reyes never thought of teaching as a career. Why would he?

Until he was in Efron Solano’s class last semester, the 16-year-old had never even seen a male Latino teacher.

“He’s the one who motivated me,” Brayan said. ​

Important need exists for minority teachers in our schools

by Esther Cepeda - Sioux City Journal
Black teachers make a difference.

I know because I attended a prestigious college-preparatory public high school in the heart of Chicago where approximately half of the teachers were black. They included my AP Biology teacher and AP English teacher, several of my art teachers, one of my history teachers, a chemistry teacher -- and probably many more I'm forgetting in the haze of the past quarter-century.

Increasing diversity in teaching is the aim of university in Washington

Auburn Reporter - State of Washington, USA
The racial diversity of teachers in six school districts in South King County is low relative to the racial makeup of the districts’ students, according to data from Washington’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

October 2015 figures from the Auburn, Kent, Federal Way, Highline, Renton and Tukwila districts reveal that students of color make up 69 percent of the total population of nearly 105,000 students – while classroom teachers of color account for only 15 percent of the nearly 6,000 classroom teachers in these six districts.

Male Teacher Initiative - Today's Students, Tomorrow's teachers

Nearly one quarter, 24% of Today's Students, Tomorrow's Teachers (TSTT) students are male.

Male recruitment advocates discuss gender gap with students

By Nathan Hickling - The Sundial
Advocates that aim to close the gender gap in education met on Friday in the USU to discuss the causes and solutions for the lack of male educators in public schools, who make up a smaller percentage of educators today than they did in 1980.

Kellogg Foundation Awards CSUN Grant to Tackle California’s Teacher Shortage – MenTeach lead consultant

by Carmen Ramos Chandler - California State University - Northridge
California faces a looming teacher shortage, and, in particular, a deficit in the number of men interested in working in elementary education.

How Rochester Schools Grapple With Their Teacher Diversity Gap

By Evan Dawson - WXXI Radio
Christopher Fields is rare in the teaching profession. He’s an African-American man, and he teaches sixth-grade English at East Lower School. According to the U.S. Department of Education, you'd have to stop by more than 50 classrooms in this country before you found one black male teacher.
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