MenTeach E-News - November 2018

MenTeach E-News
November 2018

1) Scholarships for Minority Males in California
2) Male Teachers: How to Teach Boys to Be Better Men
3) In China: Must Your Teacher Be Like You?
4) British College celebrates first male graduates in 126-year history
5) MenTeach - New England Meeting
6) £50,000 fund has been announced to help boost the number of men working in Scotland childcare
7) Men who care: attracting men into the caring professions
8) Bemidji Area Schools might 'grow' its own teachers
9) 2018 M.E.N. Interest Forum - National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Awards
10) Editorial: Men Teaching: In the Face of Adversity

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1) Scholarships for Minority Males in California - Future Minority Male Teachers of California
What is F2MTC?
The goal of the F2MTC project is to improve the pipeline for male teachers of color throughout the California State University system so that elementary age students of color will have increased numbers of males of color serving as teachers, mentors and role models, thereby helping to close the persistent achievement gap between white students and students of color. Read the article to find out about scholarships: http://www.menteach.org/node/3288

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2) Male Teachers: How to Teach Boys to Be Better Men
I became a teacher because in high school a close friend of mine was assaulted. She was walking home at night when a man stopped his truck, leapt out, and tried to force her into his vehicle. She fought back with all her strength, but he would have overpowered her if not for another car that happened to come along. He fled. She escaped.

That night, I saw her bruised lip and matted hair where he had tangled his fist in an effort to force her into the truck. Months after the minor physical injuries she sustained had healed, she continued to experience lingering emotional and psychological effects of the assault, despite the fact that her assailant had not managed to rape her. When walking around our high school or the streets of our town, she tried to make herself look ugly by wearing lumpy clothes and slumping her shoulders, in hopes that boys would not pay unwanted attention to her. She often felt unsafe. Read the article: http://menteach.org/node/3397

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3) In China: Must Your Teacher Be Like You?
Is it important for a male student to be taught by a male teacher? Or a Chinese student to have a Chinese teacher? How about a Christian student being taught only in a convent?   

Researchers argue that your teacher’s gender, race and identity can affect your learning significantly.

That is, the more your teacher is like you, the more successfully you will learn in school. Read the article: http://menteach.org/node/3398

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4) British College celebrates first male graduates in 126-year history
Norland College, the specialist provider of childcare training and education based in Bath, has celebrated the first male degree graduates in the college’s 126 year history, at its annual graduation ceremony.

Liam Willett, 21, and Harry Pratt, 21, have become the first males to complete the college’s BA (Hons) degree in Early Years Development and Learning.

The degree is integrated with the unique and prestigious Norland Diploma, an additional qualification, which runs alongside the degree and for one year afterwards, enabling students to put theory into practice.

Norland College was founded in London in 1892 by Emily Ward and has been at the forefront of childcare training ever since, giving students the opportunity to become amongst the world’s most sought after childcare professionals. Read the article: http://www.menteach.org/node/3400

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5) MenTeach - New England Meeting
Vanessa Reiss-Vaughn, Sarah Montoya and Clarence Little are helping to call a meeting/networking gathering of men in early education. This is sort of a restart of activities of MenTeach - New England. If you know of people that maybe interesting please pass this along the attached flyer. Please respond if you are interested and can't attend. See the notice to get the e-mail address: http://www.menteach.org/node/3402

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6) £50,000 fund has been announced to help boost the number of men working in Scotland childcare
Around 4% of the current workforce for children’s daycare across Scotland are men.

The Scottish Government’s new Men in Early Years Challenge Fund will be split into two awards of £25,000 and given to two colleges to run pilot projects which support men in childcare.

Colleges across the country will be able to make bids for the cash, which will be administered by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC).

The money is aimed at increasing the number of men enrolling on NC and HNC Childhood Practice courses.

Just 4.18% of the 1,793 students enrolled in the latter course in 2016/17 were men.

Children and Early Years Minister Maree Todd with a worker and pupil at the nursery (Scottish Government/PA) Read the article: http://menteach.org/node/3403

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7) Men who care: attracting men into the caring professions
At the same time as efforts rightly focus on getting more women in leadership positions and into male-dominated industries, there is also a movement to encourage more men into the careers dominated by women.

In particular, the caring professions are bereft of men. Early years teaching and nursery workers are almost exclusively female, as is nursing and the social care workforce.

This is despite the fact that vulnerable people sometimes request the same gender care for them because of the intimate nature of the relationship.

There is also a recognition for the need for more positive male role models in early education and youth work.

All of these professions also face staff shortages, which look to be exacerbated by an exodus of workers from the European Economic Area after Brexit.

Holyrood’s recent event, ‘Attracting men into the caring professions’, invited men from these areas to share their experience.

Kenny Spence, of peer support and training group Men in Childcare, argued that a workplace composed of both sexes contributes to widening children’s experience and can help reduce gender segregation in the labour market. Read the article: http://menteach.org/node/3406

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8) Bemidji Area Schools might 'grow' its own teachers
Bemidji Area Schools leaders are considering ways to help existing staff become classroom teachers.

Under a set of long-term goals approved by the School Board on Monday, district staff might start a "grow your own" teacher program, which could help address a nationwide teacher shortage here and get more teachers of color—American Indians in particular—into a workforce that's overwhelmingly white but teaches a student body that's considerably more diverse.

"We're just starting to kick around the idea," said Superintendent Tim Lutz.

In a nutshell, the program—which for now amounts to a few ideas floating around the district's Minnesota Avenue headquarters—would help paraprofessionals or other staff earn a teaching license. That could mean scholarships, tuition reimbursements, or child care for staff who want to go back to school. It could also mean trying to gin up interest among high schoolers to become teachers later in life, perhaps by creating a teaching career academy in the same vein as the increasingly popular ones for business management, construction trades, health careers, and so on.  Read the article: http://menteach.org/node/3414

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9) 2018 M.E.N. Interest Forum - National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Awards
Dr. Valora Washington is the CEO of the Council for Professional Recognition and Dylan Lubs, a senior at University of Wisconsin Stout were each given the 2018 Men in Education Network (M.E.N. Interest Forum) Annual Award at National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) conference. Read about these award winners: http://menteach.org/node/3412
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10) Editorial: Men Teaching: In the Face of Adversity
After finishing up my student teaching placement and having time to reflect on all the challenges, accomplishments, peaks and valleys, I realized never to judge something before you get the chance to experience it. When I found out that I would be doing one of my student teaching placements in a four-year-old kindergarten classroom, I immediately had mixed emotions. While I hadn’t had much experience working with this age group, I was excited to continue my growth in education and become a better all-around future educator. I learned that it is okay to make mistakes, the importance of building relationships to help maximize the students learning potential and create a community like environment, and I learned that this is really the career for me. Read the editorial: http://www.menteach.org/node/3409

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