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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."

Does Gender Make a Difference? First results from the German ‘tandem study’ of female and male ECE workers

Paper presented on the international conference “Men in early childhood education and care”, Berlin 2012
[MenTeach: At the international conference Men in early childhood education and care” in Berlin 2012 I had the opportunity to talk with both Dr. Holger Brandes and Markus Andrä about their research. Dr. Brandes presentation (in German with English interpreters) was both interesting and engaging. You'll want to download the entire paper and watch for future results.]