Key Articles

Why lack of male teachers could be the reason boys fail in the classroom

By Laura Clark - Daily Mail
[MenTeach: Please note that this is an article from 2012 but still holds relevant research]

Schools need more male teachers because boys make less effort in women's classes, a new study claimed today.

The shortage of men in school staffrooms could be one reason for the under-achievement of boys, researchers found.

Bearded, Beardless and Fearless in Wisconsin

Dr. Jill M. Klefstadd, Program Director, University of Wisconsin - Stout
[MenTeach: Dr. Jill has been working to increase and retain men in her education program. We asked her to write about her experiences as a woman facilitator.] It was a moment of great anticipation and excitement as I sat among a group of young male early childhood preservice students gathering to adopt the by-laws to their newfound student organization. The leader of the group, a senior named Jake, began with introductions by asking each member to share one interesting fact about them.

Closing the Gender Gap: 20 Top Teacher Ed Colleges for Men

Early Childhood Teacher
[MenTeach: This is an interesting site that offers summary information about the states and universities with the highest percentage of men in education programs.]

World Data about Male Teachers: How many men in the world taught in 1996? 2012?

MenTeach: We came across this collection of data about the percentage of men and women teaching all over the world. It's interesting to do a comparison between 1996 and 2012 (the latest data).

Ten new University Programs to teach men teachers

MidAmerica Nazarene University announced that it is one of 10 universities nationwide selected by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education to participate in the Association’s first Networked Improvement Community (NIC).

The initiative of this group is aimed at increasing the diversity of the nation’s teacher candidate pool by focusing on recruitment of more Black and Hispanic/Latino men in teacher preparation programs.

Nigeria and Lesotho in Africa recruiting more men to teaching

During the 2014 World Forum in Puerto Rico we met some wonderful people who are working to increase the percentage of men teaching and working for gender equity.

World Forum 2014 a great success in Puerto Rico

The World Forum 2014 in Puerto Rico was an incredible success!

There were over 830 delegates representing more than 81 countries. It's such a unique opportunity to meet so many interesting people, doing amazing things caring for young children. Many of us attended and made some great connections with new people and reacquainting with previous friends.

Minority male teacher shortage prompts legislation that aims to boost their numbers

By Jessica Calefati/The Star-Ledger
Minority male teachers are scarce in New Jersey’s public schools—and in classrooms across the country—but a bill moving through the state Legislature aims to attract more of them to some of the state’s struggling school districts.

The legislation, sponsored by Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden), would create a pilot program to encourage African-American, Hispanic and Asian men to leave their private-sector jobs, earn alternate-route certification and teach in certain failing school districts.

Black Male Teachers: Becoming Extinct? Show Me the Numbers

By Ivory A. Toldson, Ph.D. - The Root
Many media sources have propagated the view that black male teachers are "becoming extinct." Currently, black males represent less than 2 percent of the nation's teacher workforce. One article suggests that black males are underrepresented in the teaching profession because they prefer to pursue more lucrative careers.

Nurturing Men

by Maja Beckstrom - Pioneer Press
Bryan Nelson wants to see more men on the playground and in the classroom.

Two-year-old Emme Sugnet's feet came out from under her at the top of a playground slide. She slid a couple feet flat on her back wearing that puzzled look toddlers get when trying to decide if they're wounded. Then she burst into tears. "I want my mommy!" she cried.

Bryan Nelson scooped her up and held her close.

"I know you do," he murmured. "Of course you do."
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