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Apply for a National Child Care Teacher Award

The Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation is calling for submissions for the Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children's TYLENOL(R) National Child Care Teacher Awards.

Parttime jobs in New York City, Boston, Baltimore, & Charlotte

by The BELL Recruitment Team
We are currently hiring male mentors/tutors for our afterschool programs to work with children in the New York City area.  Please be so kind to print and post this job description in a visible place so that your friends, relatives and associates may apply and provide our scholars with an amazing afterschool experience.

Fall Meeting of New England MenTeach

Fall Meeting of New England MenTeach will be held

Saturday, October 2 11AM-3PM in Northampton. MA


All men (and allies) in early childhood are encouraged and welcomed.

Where the Guys Aren't: Addressing the Lack of Gender Diversity in the Early Education Profession

Time & Date: 6 to 8 p.m. - Oct. 27, 2010

Location: Birth to Three Family Center, 15 Market St., Suite 4, Ipswich, MA 01938-2200

Where is YOUR bumper sticker?

Here's a recent photo of my brother Brett posed next to my brother Jeff's race car and a familiar bumpersticker. Look closely at the car door.

It says: Men Who Change Diapers, Change the World!

Thought you might appreciate the humor.

Kitt Cox


[MenTeach: Send in YOUR photo and we'll post it!]

Understanding the role of male elementary school teachers

Understanding the role of male elementary school teachers in the social development of children raised by single mothers in the Jewish community of Montreal, Canada.

Schools need best, diverse teachers

by Mike Baker - Schaumburg, IL
After changing careers in 2003 to become a teacher, I believed what a lot of people said about finding a job as a teacher in grades K-5. People said that there was a teacher's shortage and with a teaching staff at any elementary school averaging more than 92 percent female, a man with a teaching certificate, a Master's degree in education and a diverse background would have no problem getting interviews.

Where are all the male teachers?

James Gonzales - Kuala Lumpur, Maylasia
Recent reports that there will be no more male teachers in 20 years is of grave concern. In the 60s when I joined the teaching profession, we were fired with a sense of commitment, dedication and passion, and it was a vocation, but not anymore. As pointed out by my fellow teachers, now many enter the teaching profession only when they cannot find other jobs, a sad reflection on a profession that was once revered.

New Deadline! Seeking manuscripts for Journal of Men's Studies

As I eluded to in my first message, I want to move ahead with a special or thematic issue of the Journal of Men's Studies dealing with men and the teaching profession with a special focus on the early grades (not opposed to other educational levels though). I see the issue consisting of 4-6 peer-reviewed papers and a book review section highlighting recent books dealing with men and the teaching profession. The first order of business then is to identify the GE(s) for this issue.

Survey of male early childhood and elementary teachers (PK-5)

The attached is a letter distributed to numerous school districts in the nation (United States). We would like your help in getting the survey out to more men in teaching.

A Student Using Education Statistics

I have looked a the National Center for Education Statistics site that you suggested, the problem is that it has so many statistics and tables it is hard to navigate through to the specific information one is searching for. Although I could not find exactly what I was looking for I did find some extremely useful data.

Call for Papers Special issue: "Male Teachers, Masculinities, and the Teaching Profession"

The Journal of Men's Studies
The Journal of Men's Studies is planning a special issue dealing with male teachers, the importance of male teachers in the lives of young children, and the teaching practices that both encourage and discourage males from entering the teaching profession.

Role male teachers have in the social development of children growing up with the absence of a supportive father

I am a few weeks away from my initial thesis submission titled, Understanding the role of male elementary school teachers in the social development of children raised by single-mothers in the Jewish community of Montreal, Canada.

It is a topic that has not received much attention. Sure, there is a concern for why men leave the teaching profession, and why there are so few, but what impact do they have on children in today's contemporary society? This is the area I chose to study as a male elementary school teacher myself.

Here is the abstract:

School is hiring male teachers

[MenTeach: We've gotten some e-mails from men saying that schools are not hiring men. We wanted to offer this e-mail from a school out in California]

New Teaching Men site in Australia

I am a teacher (12 years) who has taken some time away to complete my PhD.

I am looking at teaching and men and was wondering if you would consider including a link to my website and on-line survey on your site. Please check the site out at : www.teachingmen.com.au

Thanks, I look forward to hearing from you.

Ian Davis
Griffith Institute for Educational Research

Graduate student doing research

I am conducting research on men teaching in elementary education. I am developing a program that encourages men to teach in the elementary profession and to provide support for these men once they get into the field of teaching.

I am looking for data on comparisons between men and woman teaching, the advantages that men have over women according to attendance, academics, and behavior of their students.

My research is being based on these comparisons and the assessment test given throughout the past five years.

More films suggested

One of our readers, Ricky Lobo, had some more film suggestions.

What do you think? Do you have some favorites?

"Coach Carter" starring Samuel L. Jackson
"Dangerous Minds" starring Michelle pfeiffer
"The Substitute" starring Tom Berenger
"Freedom Writers" starring Hillary Swank
"An Officer and A Gentleman" starring Richard Gere

Reader's Comments about why so few male teachers

by Matthew Tabor - Blog - Education for the Aughts
[MenTeach: One of our readers, Mr. Philllip, forwarded this interesting commentary about a newspaper article about men teaching. Thanks Phil.]

Male Teacher Levels Hit 40-Year Low; NY Elementary Teachers Only 9% Male

Parents want to keep a male teacher

The Parents and Friends of a School
[MenTeach: We've been asked to remove any identifying information from this article because the teacher - two and a half years later - is having a difficult time securing a job and our article comes up in the search. The hopeful part is that so many parents value and appreciate him. The important part is reading how a single administrator can welcome or reject having men teaching our children.]

I am a teacher that is in this story.

More films about male teachers

Prof. Jonathan Bradley - McGill University
"Goodnight Mister Tom" is a 'masterpiece theatre' production originally aired, I believe, on public television (circa 2005). Based on Michelle Margorian's novel (winner of the 1982 IRA Children's Book Award), by the same name, this story centers on a somewhat bedraggled, single, and sour-aged man.

Principal seeks to study perceptions about male teachers

Darin Siefert - Principal in Missouri
I'm a male principal of one of the largest K-3 buildings in Missouri. I have roughly 1000 students, and 80 teachers. I have 2 male teachers on staff, one in 3rd and one PE teacher. Besides them, myself, I have a male custodian and a male food service worker.

Because of this and my experiences I am interested in the phenomenon of the ever decreasing amount of males interested in the primary elementary. As a part of my doctoral studies in Educational Leadership through the University of Missouri, I am going to study this problem.

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Student in Malaysia doing a Male Teacher Survey

by Ahmad Hazman Bin Ali
I'm Ahmad from Malaysia.

I'm student and majoring in Early Childhood Education. Now I'm working on my Project Paper: Male Teacher Involvement in ECE.

I'm pleased because I get a lot of information from the MenTeach.org website. It is really beneficial and helpful.

Male Student Needs Help: How To Win Respect?

Hello!

I'm a male going into Elementary Education! I had begun my student teaching last fall and had a very bad experience with a college evaluator who was very critical and unsupportive of my work. My evaluator treated me unfairly it seemed compared to the rest of the female student teachers whom she was in charge of as well.
 
Going into the field of elementary education which is dominated by females wasn't an issue for me at first because of my passion for teaching and the joy I believed that would come from being a successful teacher.
 

Write your story for a new book

TO: Male Educators

FROM: Dr. Sheldon Woods, Associate Professor, Northern Illinois University
Dr. Lemuel W. Watson, Professor and Dean of Education, Northern Illinois University

DATE: June 5, 2009

DEADLINE: September 15, 2009

SUBJECT: Invitation to contribute a Chapter to a Monograph about Men in the Lives of Children

Additional movies about male teachers

Jon Bradley - McGill University - Canada
I would like to add "Good Will Hunting" (1998) and "Finding Forrester" (2001) to your list of films portraying male teachers as role models.

False allegation

[MenTeach: We receive letters from people and unfortunately can be common. Do you have advice?]

I have a friend of a friend who has a son (25 years old and recently married) who is a day care teacher and has been wrongly accused of something two years after the event. This supposedly happened to a 4 or 5 year old who after driving by a school she used to attend where this person worked, remembered this event.

Can you give me any advice or tell me where to go for help?

Are men hired as administrators?

I am a male teacher and I just want to thank you for your web site. It is nice to see.

I do have my administrators license and the last interview I went on, it seemed like I had the job but the last comment made to me... (in a "off the record" kind of way) was, "I am not sure I want to be the one to hire a male as an administrator."

So there you have it and that is a sad statement about how women are viewing men in elementary schools. I guess the pendulum has swung?

All the best,

Jon

Lawsuits for discrimination

[MenTeach: We get many e-mails from readers. Several were upset that there continues to be discrimination. It's more common than people might imagine.]

I was stunned to read the last issue of MenTeach E-News only to find out that a group of 25 parents refused to have a male elementary school teacher.

What if a female, Black, Hispanic, Jew, or Muslim teacher were in the same situation? Can you imagine refusing them a position in a nontraditional field?

Time to get real. Time for a lawsuit.
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