[MenTeach] E-News - July 2011

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MenTeach E-News
July 2011

1) Hiring male teachers in Washington, DC
2) Male teachers Western Pennsylvania elementary classrooms
3) It will soon rain men at kindergartens in China
4) It's elementary, guys: Male teachers bring diversity to primary grades
5) 5th grade teacher honored by President Obama
6) Aboriginal Men in Early Childhood Education about 25 percent
7) United Kingdom drive shows success bringing men into childcare
8) Guyana campaign announced to reverse male teacher shortage
9) Report from Canada
10) Parents voice overwhelming support for more men in childcare

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1) Hiring male teachers in Washington, DC
Are you interested in relocating to DC to serve on a teaching team at the University of the District of Columbia's Early Childhood Lab School? I have recently been given the responsibility to transform our child development center into a lab school. I am searching far and wide for talented, diverse teams, especially males, to work in a Reggio-inspired, progressive learning environment that serves primarily Head Start children. The two teams, of three adults each, will consist a master's degree level teacher ($50,000), a teacher-intern at the bachelors level ($40,000, with tuition support for the master's degree), and an assistant teacher with and associates degree ($30,000 with tuition support for the bachelors degree). The salaries and benefits are highly competitive and hopefully they will attract talented individuals who are committed to doing the right thing for children and families. http://www.menteach.org/node/1716 

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2) Male teachers Western Pennsylvania elementary classrooms
Sixteen kindergarteners sat cross-legged on a rag rug, singing songs about the days of the week and the months of the year. The classroom at Carnegie Elementary School in the Carlynton School District was furnished with the usual toys preferred by 5-year-olds -- trucks, blocks, a kitchen play-set, a miniature makeup table. There was a collection of books nearby, and a set of puzzles in cardboard boxes. In addition to lists of class rules and words the students had learned to read, Penguins, Steelers and Pirates posters decorated the walls. The sports motif was all that suggested anything unusual about the teacher, who sat in a white wooden rocking chair at the front of the room. "Good morning, kindergarten friends, how are you?" chanted Don Alexander, as his students clapped out a rhythm. Their eyes were fixed on Alexander, a tall man in his early 30s with floppy brown hair. Read the rest of the article: http://www.menteach.org/node/1718 

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3) It will soon rain men at kindergartens in China
If you think only women are interested in teaching kindergarten kids, it's time to think the opposite. More than 10,000 men in East China's Jiangsu province have reportedly applied for a five-year training program to teach in preschools. But the program, conducted by three normal colleges in Nanjing, can only enroll 300. Over the weekend, applicants underwent a grilling six-part interview to test their physical condition (20 marks), Mandarin speaking ability (20 marks), musical talent (20 marks), fine art and dancing skills (30 marks), and psychological condition (10 marks). Only those who scored higher than 60 marks in the interview went through to the next round. Read the entire article: http://www.menteach.org/node/1721 


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4) It's elementary, guys: Male teachers bring diversity to primary grades
Kenny Hall has been a teacher for 13 years, all of them at the elementary school level. The Yucaipa instructor has taught first, second and third grades and currently, kindergarten. "It's pretty rewarding to work with little kids, to see all the growth. They're so excited about all the learning they do," said Hall, 36. "And for me, education was always a big part of my growing up -- education and sports." For a man, Hall's chosen profession is rather unusual. Read the entire article: http://www.menteach.org/node/1722 

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5) 5th grade teacher honored by President Obama
President Barack Obama is honoring a Boston Public Schools teacher as one of the nation's best science teachers. Wai Chin Ng, a 5th grade teacher at Josiah Quincy Elementary School, is among the 85 educators from across the country, and just one of two here in Massachusetts, to receive the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Read the entire article: http://www.menteach.org/node/1726 

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6) Aboriginal Men in Early Childhood Education about 25 percent
Gaining a new perspective on early childhood education was the goal of three Peguis men who visited a small British Columbia community in early February. Daniel Cook, of the Peguis daycare, Richard Daniels and Wayne Bear, of the Peguis Aboriginal Head Start program, were guests in Klemtu on Swindle Island, approximately 219 kilometres north of Port Hardy. "They get a lot of their food from the ocean and land," said Cook. "They don't always have to buy everything and no one goes hungry there. If an elder wishes for some kind of fish, someone younger will go to the ocean to catch it. The fish will be cooked and on the elder's table the next day. They're always looking out for each other as a whole. In Peguis everyone is looking out for themselves."
Read the entire story: http://www.menteach.org/node/1728
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7) United Kingdom drive shows success bringing men into childcare
A campaign to attract more men into childcare in Surrey has seen unprecedented interest, it has been revealed. Since the campaign was launched by Surrey County Council (SCC) in April, almost 100 men have made inquiries to the local authority about getting involved. Thirty-seven men recently took part in an information session given by staff at the Early Years and Childcare Service, the first time any men have attended such an even in Surrey. See the entire story: http://www.menteach.org/node/1729 

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8) Guyana campaign announced to reverse male teacher shortage
The Ministry of Education yesterday announced that it is embarking on a "robust" marketing and recruitment drive to reverse the decline of male teachers. The "Be a Man, Teach Guyana" campaign, initiated by Education Minister Shaik Baksh, is being executed by senior officers from the Ministry with support from World Bank. "Educators are becoming increasingly aware of the need for the presence of male teachers in order to turn around boys' underachievement and provide fair role models for both boys and girls and by extension young men and women," the Ministry said in a statement. Read the article: http://www.menteach.org/node/1731 

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9) Report from Canada
From Ron Blatz: As a follow up to the great meeting we had in June with our friends from Ontario I submit this summary of the work they are doing and encourage you to follow the links that lead to great material. Read his entire report: http://www.menteach.org/node/1732 

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10) Parents voice overwhelming support for more men in childcare
Parental opinion on male childcarers is warming after a survey by a group of major nursery providers found 98 per cent of parents are in favour of men looking after their children. The Major Providers' Group, made up of 14 of the largest nursery chains in the UK, has found that the vast majority of the 1,200 parents questioned would be happy for men to work with children aged three to five in day nurseries. The figure fell slightly to 95 per cent for those working with two-year-olds and further still to 93 per cent for men working with babies, reflecting concerns among parents about men changing nappies. Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Pre-school Learning Alliance and a member of the Major Providers' Group, said: "Parental attitudes have been long-held to be a barrier preventing men from working in childcare. However, our surveys suggest this is no longer the case. Read the entire article: http://www.menteach.org/node/1736 

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