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Grambling State University, in Louisiana, hosted first ever Call Me Mister Conference to develop more black male educators

by Dominique Williams - myarklamiss.com
Grambling State University hosted their first ever called me a mister conference the university’s black male teacher initiative of partner with Clemson university’s program where was first created to help develop and recruit more African American males answer the teaching profession.

The program strives to increase the pool of available male teachers from a more diverse background into the education field.

New Jersey College Scholarship Aids Future Black Male School Teachers

By Eric Kiefer - Patch Staff
"Across the country, about 20% of teachers are people of color, and Black men make up a mere 2% of all U.S. teachers," said Sharon Harden, Pillar College Program Chair of Elementary Education. "In Newark, that percentage is slightly higher, around 8%".

Strong influences help mold 2022 U.S. Teacher of the Year

By Mark Gillispie - Associated Press
It hardly seems a stretch to say Kurt Russell was born to be a history teacher.

Raised on his mother's stories about segregation and the civil rights movement in Alabama and influenced by teachers from his childhood, the 50-year-old Russell has spent the last 25 years teaching history and African American history at Oberlin High School outside Cleveland.

Normandale rebrands program to train Black male teachers

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Normandale Community College is rebranding the program launched in Fall 2021 under the temporary name Black Men in Teaching to "Sirtify."

'Black Men Teach Cleveland' campaigns to encourage men of color to become teachers

By Meg Shaw - News5cleveland
Diversity in the classroom is a matter close to the hearts of many educators.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, about eight in 10 U.S. public school teachers, or 79%, identified as non-Hispanic white during the 2017-18 school year. Less than 7% identify as Black and only 24 % are male.

In Cleveland, just 2% identify as Black males.

Around 30% Of Teachers Are Males In Fiji

by Inoke Rabonu - Fiji Sun
Get your sons and grandsons to work hard in school and earn a teaching profession because there is a shortage of male teachers.

That was the message echoed by the Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Premila Kumar, during a talanoa session with school managers in Ovalau earlier this week.

Charleston County School District, University of South Carolina create Men of CHS Teach program in new partnership

by: Diante Gibbs - News2
Charleston County School District (CCSD) announces a new partnership with the University of South Carolina (UofSC) for a program that sets a pathway for men of color to become teachers.

After early hardships, this Hispanic Chicago PE teacher relishes being a role model

By Mauricio Pena - Chalkbeats
Hector Rodriguez knew a return to in-person instruction would come with some challenges for many students, especially after 18 months of remote learning.

Before students walked into his class in late August, the James Ward Elementary physical education teacher made it his mission to create a safe and comforting environment after an extended period of uncertainty.

Scholarship: The Apple Pre-Ed Scholars Program at Huston-Tillotson in Texas

Huston-Tillotson University in Texas has recently been awarded a Certificate of Commendation from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) for Exemplary Performance in; Preparing the Educators Texas Needs -Percentage of prepared teachers who identify as Teachers of color, for the past academic year 2018-2019.

How one Black male teacher is breaking stereotypes and shaping the next generation

By Jessica Madhukar - WTMJ-TV
It's a role that is typically led by a female. Fewer than 3% of pre-school and kindergarten teachers are men, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Jeremy Walton is working to break the stereotype as the only male early childhood teacher at Next Door Milwaukee.

Promising Practices: How a network of male teachers of color expanded leadership opportunities

by Kara Arundel - K-12 Deep Dive
The Compton Male Teachers of Color Network is helping its district strengthen professional problem-solving skills and empower educators.

A Black male preschool teacher is rare. He wishes it wasn't

By Bill Torpy, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Walk into any child care or preschool center and what are you going to see other than small kids, toys, blocks and books?

Well, female teachers. There's an absolute dearth of men in the field. Like, a big-time absence.

Estimates of men in early childhood teaching jobs range from 1% to 6%, with most guesses closer to the first number.

Male Teachers Share Advice for Getting More Men Into the Profession

By Elizabeth Heubeck — EducationWeek
“It takes some degree either of social ignorance or of personal courage for a man to enter teaching at the elementary school level,” wrote education professor George I. Brown in a 1960 Phi Delta Kappan article about recruiting more men to the teaching profession. For a man to teach “is to spit in the face of a strong societal stereotype.”

More than 60 years later, these assertions may seem vastly outdated. But females continue to outnumber males in K-12 classrooms by about 3 to 1, and stereotyping persists.

California Legislative effort to hire more men of color as teachers

By Andre Senior - Fox KTVU
For many students, the reflection of the face staring back at them in the classroom can be indicative of success, according to California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. He supports Assembly Bill 520.

"The research has shown us for years that there are benefits to students of color when there’s at least just one educator of color on a campus," Thurmond said Tuesday.

AB 520, or California Diversifying the Teacher Workforce Grant Program, would set aside $15 million to recruit and retain male teachers of color.

Pacific Oaks College announces lifelong educator and first African American male as dean of the School of Education

Pacific Oaks College & Children's School (PO) announces the appointment of Jerell B. Hill, Ed.D., as the new dean of Pacific Oaks College's School of Education. His appointment comes after having served as interim dean since July 2020. Dr. Hill is a longstanding member of the greater Pasadena community and is the first African American male to serve as dean for the School of Education.

Preschool teacher shares student's head-turning comment while playing kitchen: 'I'm still shocked'

by Morgan Greenwald - Yahoo News
According to preschool teacher and TikToker Tell Williams IV, "students say some crazy stuff."

On Feb. 23, the educator shared a hilarious story with his 599,000 followers about the shocking exchange he had with one of his students while they were playing "pretend restaurant."

"I've been teaching preschool now for, like, 8 years. Somehow I'm still shocked over some of the things that come out of these children's' mouths," he said.

Philly-based group launches $3M initiative to develop Black teachers

by Kristen A. Graham - Philadelphia Inquirer
A Philadelphia-based organization devoted to recruiting and supporting Black educators on Thursday announced a $3 million educational justice initiative to dramatically ramp up the number of Black teachers in classrooms across the country.

Georgia Power Foundation Grant To Help KSU Boost Number Of Black Male Educators

by Paul Floeckher - Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw State University has received a grant from the Georgia Power Foundation for an initiative to increase the number of African American male teachers.

Man-Up receives additional funding

The enormity of the data that suggests a need for more effective male teachers of color in our schools is the propeller behind this movement.

As the founder of Man Up, this movement reflects my personal life experiences. As an African American elementary teacher, I was often one of a handful of male teachers in the building. I was often assigned the most difficult students who were usually male students with behavior problems.

Darrion Cockrell went from gang member to Missouri's 2020 teacher of the year

By Katie Kindelanvia - Good Morning America
Darrion Cockrell credits his teachers with saving his life when he was a young gang member in St. Louis, Missouri.

This year, the 34-year-old elementary school physical education teacher who works in Crestwood, Missouri, was named Missouri's 2021 Teacher of the Year.

Lack of Black male teachers in Baton Rouge, LA can negatively affect Black male students

by Ezekiel Robinson - Revielle
Anthony Felder walked into his freshman year at LSU with aspirations of becoming a pediatric physical therapist. But during that year, Felder had an epiphany.

“I realized the only reason I wanted to be a pediatric physical therapist was because I wanted to teach kids how to use their limbs again,” Felder said.

The opportunity to learn how to become an educator came later during his freshman year.

New Hiring Initiative Aims To Increase Presence Of Black Male Educators In Dallas ISD

As part of an initiative aimed at recruiting teachers who represent the students they serve, Dallas ISD has hired 13 Black male professionals and put them on the path toward becoming licensed teachers who will lead classrooms next semester.

The Adjunct Teacher Dallas Residency Program is designed to recruit Black male teachers to serve in high-priority campuses.

Anti-Racist Educators in Texas are Building a Movement. It’s Time for Our Colleagues to Get on Board

by Joseph Frilot
I’ll never forget the moment when a fellow teacher, a white colleague I had worked with for years, got in my face and told me that I didn’t care about a Black male student. She did this in front of my entire class, in MY classroom.

I’ll never forget how powerless I felt in that moment, and the anger that followed.

Alabama A&M incentivizes future male minority teachers with 2 years tuition

By Caroline Klapp - WAFF 48
Diversity in the classroom matters. Alabama A&M is spending money to support that statement.

If you’re a man, identify as a minority race and want to be a teacher, you could get two years of your tuition paid for.

The program is called the Males for Alabama Education initiative. It’s all possible thanks to a grant from the state.

Black man named Texas Teacher of the Year for first time: 'I'm not the first to deserve it'

By Cameron Jenkins - The Hill
An elementary teacher is the first Black man to be named Texas Teacher of the Year.

"I'm the first to win it, but I'm not the first to deserve it," Eric Hale told The Washington Post on Wednesday.

Eric Hale teaches first grade and kindergarten at David G. Burnet Elementary School in Dallas and was named the 2021 Texas Teacher of the Year in a virtual Zoom ceremony in September.

Men in Female-Dominated Professions Do More Housework

by Vickie Elmer and Quartz - The Atlantic
If you want a husband who shares housework more equitably, marry a nurse, a teacher or hair stylist--or someone who's in a female-focused career.

Men in predominantly female jobs will perform 25 percent more household chores than a partner who works in a male-dominated profession like an electrician or engineer, a study (PDF) of heterosexual couples from a Notre Dame professor shows.

Black Male Teacher Creates Online Hustle University To Support Parents Struggling With Crisis Fatigue

Hotep left his kindergarten classroom to start Hustle University so he could help low-performing schools across the United States. For this tumultuous school year, he is revealing his latest solution: Hustle U Homeschool; an online portal providing social and emotional educational resources to families struggling with the “new normal”.

Male Teachers Weigh in on Teaching During Coronavirus Pandemic in California

By Hosam Elattar - Voice of OC
When a global pandemic interrupted the school year in March, teachers had to trade in their classrooms for Zoom calls and teach students from behind a screen with little time to prepare.

Atlanta Man Becomes One of Georgia’s First Black Male Teachers of the Year

by BLACK ENTERPRISE Editors
Johnathon Hines, a teacher at Barack Obama Elementary School in Atlanta, has been recognized as Georgia’s Pre-K Teacher of the Year. He is the first Black man to receive the award, and hopes to continue inspiring his young students!

Legislation Introduced Addressing Teacher Diversity in NJ Schools

While about 56 percent of students in New Jersey are nonwhite, only 16 percent of teachers are racial or ethnic minorities.

Seeking to diversify the educator workforce in New Jersey, Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Union) introduced three bills to help schools recruit and retain teachers of color, as well as support culturally responsive teaching methods.
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