[MenTeach] E-News - February 2012

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MenTeach E-News
February 2012

1) New Zealand - Men in Early Childhood Education Annual Summit 2012
2) MenTeach - New England Awards & Reception
3) International Conference "Men in Early Childhood Education and Care" in Germany
4) 17 million dollars to Recruit More Men in Early Childhood Education in Germany
5) 5) Dr Farquhar: Encourage more Men in early childhood education in New Zealand
6) More men seeking 'manny' work due to lousy economy
7) Schools try to add more male teachers
8) Kindergartens encourage male teachers in New Zealand
9) German Coordination office Men in ECE Newsletter
10) Want something interesting to read? Check out our bibliography


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1) New Zealand - Men in Early Childhood Education Annual Summit 2012
This annual event is a great event. The theme this year is 'Pasifika Pride.' You can see photos and images from previous conferences. It's a fantastic event for men and women to travel to attend the event. Read more about conference and link to the previous conferences: http://www.menteach.org/node/1847

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2) MenTeach - New England Awards & Reception
MenTeach - New England is proud to welcome you to a social event and award reception after the conference. We are a group representing various disciplines in the field of early education advocating for men in the lives of children. See the flyer and location: http://www.menteach.org/node/1843

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3) International Conference "Men in Early Childhood Education and Care" in Germany
The International Conference "Men in Early Childhood Education and Care" on the 27th and 28th of September 2012 in Berlin, Germany.

The Coordination Centre "Men in early childhood education" and the Faculty of Primary Education of the Humboldt University Berlin invites you to attend the international conference "Men in Early Childhood Education and Care: Strategies, experiences and perspectives". The conference will be held on September 27/28th 2012 in Berlin and will be supported by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. To read the entire invitation: http://www.menteach.org/node/1849

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4) 17 million dollars to Recruit More Men in Early Childhood Education in Germany
In Germany, on 1st October 2010, the European Social Fund (ESF) programme "More Men in Early Childhood Education and Care" was launched. The three-year programme consists of 16 pilot projects in 13 federal states across Germany and has received a grant of 13 million Euros. The programme which will run until the end of 2013, will strive to find ways of recruiting more male educators for ECCE centres. Read the article: http://www.menteach.org/node/1852

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5) Dr Farquhar: Encourage more Men in early childhood education in New Zealand
Bringing up the paedophile hysteria of the past is not going to help raise the number of men working in early childhood education, a leading ECE expert says. Sarah Farquhar, of ChildForum, who has spent many years researching the role of men in ECE, says the issue of men working in childcare being associated with sex abuse was put to rest within the sector a long time ago and the Early Childhood Council's comments are not helpful. Yesterday, Early Childhood Council political lobbyist Peter Reynolds said that early childhood teaching was one of the most gender-segregated professions in the country, with men making up less than 2 per cent of teacher numbers in the sector. Read the editorial and see the interview: http://www.menteach.org/node/1853

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6) More men seeking 'manny' work due to lousy economy
Greg Carroll left his job as an executive chef in 2009, when  his boss asked him to slash his 500-person staff by half. Since then, Carroll has done some catering, some consulting and some cooking in private homes. But full-time work has proven elusive. So a few months ago, the 51-year-old Carroll posted an ad on Care.com, a site that pairs caregivers with potential employers. As a divorced father of four, he's changed diapers, coached soccer and cooked healthy meals for his family. "I'm a great dad ... so I thought (child care) might be something to look at." Read the article: http://www.menteach.org/node/1855

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7) Schools try to add more male teachers
Doug Sayles and his buddies routinely get together to play poker, go golfing and grill outside when the weather is nice. Sometimes conversation drifts toward the Twins or the Vikings. But more often, it's the latest concepts in literacy instruction that gets them jazzed. Sayles and eight other male teachers at a Waconia elementary are the pioneering members of "Men of the Chalk." Part social club, part volunteer organization, the group also seeks to fill a void that exists in most elementary schools -- male role models. "It was just one of those things where one day someone looked up and realized there are quite a few men here," said Sayles, a 25-year classroom veteran who now teaches kindergarten at Southview Elementary. "We realized we had a different climate than most elementaries." Read the story: http://www.menteach.org/node/1856

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8) Kindergartens encourage male teachers in New Zealand
Nelson Tasman Kindergartens are serious about attracting more men to early childhood education, following recent media reports identifying a lack of men in this area. Nelson Tasman Kindergartens CEO Wendy Logan says it is a serious issue, especially as research shows that children learn the most from good role models. "Positive male role models in the lives of young children, boys in particular, are essential for the development of ongoing social competency and a sense of collective identity," she says. "We are making a concerted effort to attract males to the early childhood sector."
Go to website: http://www.menteach.org/node/1857

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9) German Coordination office Men in ECE Newsletter
The year 2011 has seen a rise in interest in the theme of gender balance in the ECEC work force, at least in Germany. We have now contact with experts from 19 countries worldwide who are interested in issues of gender and male/female workers in ECEC. With this newsletter, we inform about some previous and forthcoming events. In 2012, we want to renew our mailing list and intend to form a "Special Interest Group" within EECERA, Europes most influential independent association promoting research on early childhood and its applications to policy and practice. See the entire newsletter: http://www.menteach.org/node/1850

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10) Want something interesting to read? Check out our bibliography
Want to read a book or article about men teaching or about role models? Check out our updated Bibliography. Or if you have a book or article to suggest, e-mail us. [MenTeach: Thanks to Shaun Johnson for providing this Bibliography from his dissertation. And thank you to Kevin G. Davison for the list (scroll to the bottom of the page) about Boys & Masculinities. Go to the website: http://www.menteach.org/node/1192

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