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Being a male teacher was my dream - until I was falsely accused

Anonymous - Stuff.co.nz
My day started like any other. I got up early and had breakfast. My girlfriend, who is now my wife, drove me to work.

It was a beautiful, sunny day at the daycare centre where I worked, and the children were running around outside burning off energy after weeks of terrible weather. Sunny days in winter are an early childhood educator's holy grail.

Black male teachers are vital

By Terrence Martin - Michigan Chronicle
African-American boys make up a significant percentage of Detroit Public Schools Community District’s student enrollment but large numbers of them aren’t taught by black men.

Does that fact deny them the opportunity to be academically successful?

Not necessarily but a recent study suggests that when black men teach black boys the student has a greater opportunity to be successful.

There’s a Stigma Around Men Teaching Young Kids. Here’s How We Change It

By Aaron Loewenberg - Slate.com
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect as I dressed in khaki pants and a polo shirt and prepared to attend my first day of orientation as a pre-K teacher of 3- and 4-year-olds. I walked through the school doors for the first time, taken aback by the miniature size of the furniture I saw as I peeked into an empty classroom. I wasn’t the only one in for a surprise.

Wayne State University's Morris Hood Scholars Program making inroads

by Carolyn Clifford - WXYZ
By 2024 students of color are expected to make up 56 percent of the student population but when you look in front of the classroom the majority - 82 percent - of the teachers and principals are white.

However, a program at Wayne State University is on a mission to change that picture.

No matter who you talk to the conclusion is the same, diversity in the classroom is a benefit to all students, especially when it comes to crushing negative stereotypes.

Best of the Mess from Oct. 6, 1977 - First experience important to new kindergarten teacher

Mille Lacs Messanger - Minnesota
It’s elementary, my dear

Gene Hanson was the new kindergarten teacher at Onamia Elementary, circa 1977.

There’s a new kindergarten teacher at Onamia Elementary. His name is Gene Hanson, and he’s very enthused about his new job.

Few in number, male teachers play big role

By Allen Laman - The Herald
Dubois County doesn’t have many male elementary school teachers — a reality that is common throughout the country.

Commentary: What boys need in the classroom — a few good men

by Josh Brown - LA School Report
It’s only the second month of school and Ernesto has already cussed me out several times. He learned to protect himself in the school of hard knocks, where daily lessons involve neglect, abuse, and distrust from the adults in his life. His father left him when he was young, and his mother worked multiple jobs to support him and his younger brother. Underneath the tough exterior, however, I know there is a great 12-year-old kid.

Black Male Leaders Shape Black Students

By Bryson Kantrell Green
As the country celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week, I'm grateful for the Black male educators in our low-income communities. They inspired me as a child and shaped my career path and they do the same for some many Milwaukee children.

AACTE Members, Partners Discuss Efforts to Bring Men of Color Into Teaching Profession on Radio Show

By Jerrica Thurman - AACTE
This month’s episode of Education Talk Radio spotlighted AACTE’s national Black & Hispanic/Latino Male Teachers Initiative Networked Improvement Community (NIC) and other efforts to increase men of color in the teaching workforce.

A New Orleans summer teaching fellowship is wooing young black teachers

by Sarah Gonser- The Hechinger Report
Yawns and sleepy stretches punctuated the silence as Brandon Mercadel's third-graders rooted around their desks for "The Buried Bones Mystery," the subject of today's lesson about text evidence.

"You guys must have had an amazing Father's Day weekend," said Mercadel, smiling. "You are so tired!"

One student laid his head on his desk and slipped off his high-top sneakers, prompting another student to silently mouth "pew!" and clamp his fingers to his nose.

Male teacher shortage affects boys who need role models

by Hollie Deese, USA TODAY Back To School magazine
For 35 years, Len Saunders has been teaching physical education to elementary school children in Montville, N.J. Personally, he knows how important a strong male role model can be and hopes he is that for his students. His own father died just months before he was born, so he depended on uncles, coaches and other men to guide him in certain  areas of his physical and mental development.

Mansur’s Manifesto: How an Aspiring Black Male Teacher Plans to Turn Teaching Into Activism

by Mansur Buffins - ED Trust
Anytime I tell people that I am majoring in social studies education, they ask one of two questions: “Where do you want to teach?” or “Why do you want to teach?” Those especially curious ask both. My answer is consistent: I would like to teach in a secondary school serving predominantly low-income, African American students. And I am entering the profession as an intentional form of activism.

Male nurses? Female firefighters? Yes, as career boundaries erode.

by Schuyler Velasco - Christian Science Monitor

Men and women tend to choose different career paths, and researchers have identified this as the biggest reason men make more money. So if men and women were equally represented across all occupations, would it close that gender pay gap?

In D.C., Bringing Male Teachers Of Color To The Preschool Classroom

by Kate McGee, WAMU
When kids go back to school after the summer break, the chances of them having a male preschool teacher are pretty slim — just 2 percent of early education teachers nationally are male. And the probability of having a male teacher of color is even lower. In Washington, D.C., public schools, they're trying to change that with a new program called the "Leading Men Fellowship."

How to Become a Teacher in Lots of Steps

by Ron Clone - Racine County Eye
Training for the profession of teaching, even in 1971, was not the easiest major to enter at Michigan State. When I transferred from Central Michigan as a junior, I was headed into secondary education, as I mentioned in my initial blog entry. After the first term, I decided to switch my major to elementary after several conversations with my oldest brother and his wife, both of whom were teachers.

Why Some Of D.C.’s Leading Men Of Color Are Heading Back To Preschool

by Kate McGee - WAMU
At Turner Elementary School in Southeast D.C., Torren Cooper is the only male of color who works directly in the classroom, even though the student body is 98 percent African American. Cooper is a literacy coach helping some of Turner’s youngest pupils with their reading and writing skills, including rhyming, alliteration, letter sounds and writing their names.

Boston University professor Travis Bristol studies hiring, retention of teachers of color

by Yawu Miller - The Bay State Banner
Travis Bristol is an assistant professor in English education at the Boston University School of Education who researches district- and school-based practices that support teachers of color; national, state and local education policies that enable and constrain the workplace experiences and retention for teachers of color; the intersection of race and gender in schools.

Go Teach, Young Man: Tweaking Risk and Reward to Recruit Male Teachers

by Justin Baeder - Education Week
How do we attract more top-performing male teachers to the profession, and what role does compensation play?

EdWeek recently published an op-ed, Rethinking Teacher Compensation, by Laura Overdeck, Arthur Levine, and Christopher Daggett. The authors argue that states should reallocate compensation funding away from "backloaded" plans such as defined-benefit pensions, and toward earlier-career perks like higher starting salaries and annual bonuses.

Here's what male teachers of color want their districts to know about them

By Laura Faith Kebede - Chalkbeat
A passion for teaching and learning is what drew Archie Moss to a career in education. But the Memphis principal recalls how he almost left the profession when he found himself increasingly tasked as a disciplinarian.

Black men teachers inspiring hope

by Dale Mezzacappa - The Notebook
Stephen Flemming is one teacher in one classroom, but he may be doing as much to keep his low-income black students in school – black males in particular – as any formal program targeted toward "at-risk" students.

Flemming teaches English language arts to 5th graders at John B. Kelly Elementary School in Germantown. All but three of his students, spread over three homerooms, are African American.

How this man found his calling as an early elementary teacher

by Judy Woodruff - PBS Newshour
JUDY WOODRUFF: A question that has been raised here: Why aren’t more men going into fields dominated by women?

Stigma is a big part of the answer, our economics correspondent, Paul Solman, reported last week.

Tonight, he focuses on one man many might want to emulate.

It’s part of our weekly series Making Sense.

Life as the lone male teacher at Rail Ranch Elementary in Murrieta

by Carl Love - The Press Enterprise
I walked with my class across campus recently when some passing kid I’ve never met said, “Hi Mr. Love.”

One of my own students asked, “Why does everybody know you?”

My theory: I am the only male teacher left at my school.

Japan: Three times as many male teachers

by Aki Shibuya and Sho Beppu - NHK World
The shortage of childcare workers is a pressing social problem in big cities in Japan. There are about two and half million children who go to daycare centers, but at least 23,000 children across the nation cannot go. Because of the hard working conditions and low wages, there aren't enough people who are willing to work as caregivers.

Now, local governments are counting on more men to come on board. The number of men who are choosing to become childcare providers is increasing.

Oregon growing its own teachers

by Sheila Hagar - Union- Bulletin
The class, in its third year, is part of Eastern Oregon University’s OTP curriculum. The program is intended to entice high school and college students into considering a career in education.

The goal is two-pronged: add ethnic and linguistic diversity to the teacher workforce, and restock rural district staff rosters with homegrown teachers.  

Will More Minority Teachers Close Connecticut's Achievement Gap?

By Lea Trusty - wshu.org - public radio
According to a study from the Institute of Labor Economics, students of color are less likely to drop out of high school and more likely to pursue college if they have at least one minority teacher.

The problem is, there’s a severe shortage of teachers of color in this country. And that gap between minority students and teachers is especially wide in Connecticut.

Some new programs in the state have been designed to close that gap.

Tai Olasanoye interned at an elementary school when he was in college. Before that, he never imagined being a teacher.

This Letter A Fifth Grader Wrote To His Teacher Proves How Important It Is To Have Black Men In Classrooms

By Mariya Moseley - Essence
At a time when Black men make-up of just two percent of our nation’s teachers, this Atlanta educator is determined to make a difference.

Fifth grade teacher Jermaine Stubbs, recently shared a beautiful letter online about just how much he’s appreciated by one of his students. The letter, which has since gone viral, said, “… I look at you like my dad. I never met my real dad but it [is] okay because you treat me like I'm your son.”

Seeking to reverse lack of black male teachers in Detroit

by Holly Fournier - The Detroit News
Former Detroit Police Chief and Deputy Mayor Isaiah McKinnon keeps in touch with three of his Detroit teachers, now retired and in their early 90s.

They were his only black male teachers growing up, he said.

“I saw these strong men,” McKinnon said. “It had a true impact on my life.”

Teach for America Struggles to Attract Male Teachers

by Rick Cohen - Source: Education Week
Teach for America is typically flooded with job applicants from top colleges and universities, but according to Chanté Chambers, the managing director of recruitment at historically black colleges and universities at the New York City-based Teach For America, the high-profile teaching nonprofit isn’t flooded by male applicants. She says that low status of education is “definitely a barrier,” especially among African American men.

An all-male Buffalo Public School to address differences in learning? It's being considered

By Mike Desmond - WBFO - NPR News
Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash was clearly surprised the discussions were far enough along to be brought to the board as part of a briefing on culturally and linguistically responsive teaching. That is according to Assistant Superintendent Fatima Morrell, who is working in that much larger field.

How storytelling is giving voice to a small part of the early childhood workforce — men

By Ann Schimke - Chalkbeat
In their own words, the men described the journeys that led them to work in the early childhood field — as teachers, counselors, coaches and administrators.
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