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CSUN Accelerated Teacher Program Alum Wants to Serve as Role Model for Male Students

by Jacob Bennett - CSUN Today (California State University - Northridge)
Thomas Johnson III knows he's been lucky to have great mentors — adult role models who taught him how to succeed. After graduating from California State University, Northridge and preparing to embark on a career in education, he's eager to serve as a mentor for the next generations of students.

Louisiana superintendent: More male teachers needed in classrooms

by Amanda McElfresh - Daily Advertiser
Superintendent John White said Louisiana must recruit more men into the teaching profession and do more to ensure women have opportunities to advance.

The comments came at the opening session of the 2018 Teacher Leader Summit in New Orleans.

A Class Debates the Importance of Having Male Teachers

by Beenish Ahmed - WNYC
More than 40 percent of public school students in New York City are boys of color but very few of their teachers look like them. That discrepancy is one reason Aaron Harris is a teacher.

$5000 Scholarships for Men to Teach in California

Did you know teaching is one of the oldest and most powerful careers in the world?
Did you know you can help transform the world by using teaching to have a positive impact on your community?
The F2MTC Program currently has 14 scholarships for up to $5000.00 for male students interested in becoming teachers.

F2MTC Project – $100 Stipend for Summer Bridge program for young men.

Did you know teaching is one of the oldest and most powerful careers in the world?

Are you interested in learning about how you can transform the world and your community through teaching?

New Jersey school event recognizes poetry, male teachers

by Edward Van Embden - The Current
Each year, South Main Street Elementary School gathers its students for a special assembly celebrating both poetry and the male members of its teaching staff.

Virginia Education Association Symposium Highlights Need for More Male, Diverse Educators

There are twice as many students of color, by percentage, as teachers of color in Virginia's public schools. What's more, the Commonwealth has the fewest male teachers, proportionately, of any state in the U.S.

For Black History Month: Why African-American Male Teachers Are So Important to the Promise of Educational Opportunity for All

by Rashid Ferrod Davis - Founding principal of P-TECH Brooklyn
This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most turbulent and transformative years in American history. While 2018 may seem chaotic, those old enough to remember know that 1968 found us a nation divided on many fronts. As the war in Vietnam raged on, protests at home reached a fever pitch, and the powder keg of America’s urban centers — long ignored or forgotten — ignited following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Men Can Make Great Elementary School Teachers Too

by Andrew Deen - The Good Men Project
Most of us would agree that our elementary school years were led and taught by an almost exclusively female faculty. Although there is nothing wrong with an all-woman teaching staff, it does beg the question—where are the male elementary school teachers? Due to social stigmas, generations of being taught solely by women at younger ages, and underwhelming income, the presence of men in grade school is unsurprisingly absent.

New York City continues to seek men of color to teach in schools

By Lindsey Christ - NY1 - News - New York
Dexter Hannibal is a first-year teacher at Brooklyn Democracy Academy, a high school in Brownsville for students who've fallen behind. Sixty percent are boys of color.

"It's important for them to be able to see someone who looks like them and maybe has some of the shared life experiences they've had," Hannibal said. "For most of my students, they are immigrants and come from immigrant backgrounds. I'm also an immigrant, so I had to learn the history the way they are learning the history."

How to recruit black, male teachers and why it’s important

Michigan Radio
The teaching profession in America remains largely white and female. That means young African American males can go through school without ever seeing a teacher who looks like them.

Not only can this mean a lack of black role models, but it also means teaching doesn’t get held up as a profession that’s desirable for black men to pursue.

Being a male teacher was my dream - until I was falsely accused

Anonymous - Stuff.co.nz
My day started like any other. I got up early and had breakfast. My girlfriend, who is now my wife, drove me to work.

It was a beautiful, sunny day at the daycare centre where I worked, and the children were running around outside burning off energy after weeks of terrible weather. Sunny days in winter are an early childhood educator's holy grail.

Black male teachers are vital

By Terrence Martin - Michigan Chronicle
African-American boys make up a significant percentage of Detroit Public Schools Community District’s student enrollment but large numbers of them aren’t taught by black men.

Does that fact deny them the opportunity to be academically successful?

Not necessarily but a recent study suggests that when black men teach black boys the student has a greater opportunity to be successful.

There’s a Stigma Around Men Teaching Young Kids. Here’s How We Change It

By Aaron Loewenberg - Slate.com
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect as I dressed in khaki pants and a polo shirt and prepared to attend my first day of orientation as a pre-K teacher of 3- and 4-year-olds. I walked through the school doors for the first time, taken aback by the miniature size of the furniture I saw as I peeked into an empty classroom. I wasn’t the only one in for a surprise.

Wayne State University's Morris Hood Scholars Program making inroads

by Carolyn Clifford - WXYZ
By 2024 students of color are expected to make up 56 percent of the student population but when you look in front of the classroom the majority - 82 percent - of the teachers and principals are white.

However, a program at Wayne State University is on a mission to change that picture.

No matter who you talk to the conclusion is the same, diversity in the classroom is a benefit to all students, especially when it comes to crushing negative stereotypes.

Best of the Mess from Oct. 6, 1977 - First experience important to new kindergarten teacher

Mille Lacs Messanger - Minnesota
It’s elementary, my dear

Gene Hanson was the new kindergarten teacher at Onamia Elementary, circa 1977.

There’s a new kindergarten teacher at Onamia Elementary. His name is Gene Hanson, and he’s very enthused about his new job.

Few in number, male teachers play big role

By Allen Laman - The Herald
Dubois County doesn’t have many male elementary school teachers — a reality that is common throughout the country.

Commentary: What boys need in the classroom — a few good men

by Josh Brown - LA School Report
It’s only the second month of school and Ernesto has already cussed me out several times. He learned to protect himself in the school of hard knocks, where daily lessons involve neglect, abuse, and distrust from the adults in his life. His father left him when he was young, and his mother worked multiple jobs to support him and his younger brother. Underneath the tough exterior, however, I know there is a great 12-year-old kid.

Black Male Leaders Shape Black Students

By Bryson Kantrell Green
As the country celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week, I'm grateful for the Black male educators in our low-income communities. They inspired me as a child and shaped my career path and they do the same for some many Milwaukee children.

AACTE Members, Partners Discuss Efforts to Bring Men of Color Into Teaching Profession on Radio Show

By Jerrica Thurman - AACTE
This month’s episode of Education Talk Radio spotlighted AACTE’s national Black & Hispanic/Latino Male Teachers Initiative Networked Improvement Community (NIC) and other efforts to increase men of color in the teaching workforce.

A New Orleans summer teaching fellowship is wooing young black teachers

by Sarah Gonser- The Hechinger Report
Yawns and sleepy stretches punctuated the silence as Brandon Mercadel's third-graders rooted around their desks for "The Buried Bones Mystery," the subject of today's lesson about text evidence.

"You guys must have had an amazing Father's Day weekend," said Mercadel, smiling. "You are so tired!"

One student laid his head on his desk and slipped off his high-top sneakers, prompting another student to silently mouth "pew!" and clamp his fingers to his nose.

Male teacher shortage affects boys who need role models

by Hollie Deese, USA TODAY Back To School magazine
For 35 years, Len Saunders has been teaching physical education to elementary school children in Montville, N.J. Personally, he knows how important a strong male role model can be and hopes he is that for his students. His own father died just months before he was born, so he depended on uncles, coaches and other men to guide him in certain  areas of his physical and mental development.

Mansur’s Manifesto: How an Aspiring Black Male Teacher Plans to Turn Teaching Into Activism

by Mansur Buffins - ED Trust
Anytime I tell people that I am majoring in social studies education, they ask one of two questions: “Where do you want to teach?” or “Why do you want to teach?” Those especially curious ask both. My answer is consistent: I would like to teach in a secondary school serving predominantly low-income, African American students. And I am entering the profession as an intentional form of activism.

Male nurses? Female firefighters? Yes, as career boundaries erode.

by Schuyler Velasco - Christian Science Monitor

Men and women tend to choose different career paths, and researchers have identified this as the biggest reason men make more money. So if men and women were equally represented across all occupations, would it close that gender pay gap?

In D.C., Bringing Male Teachers Of Color To The Preschool Classroom

by Kate McGee, WAMU
When kids go back to school after the summer break, the chances of them having a male preschool teacher are pretty slim — just 2 percent of early education teachers nationally are male. And the probability of having a male teacher of color is even lower. In Washington, D.C., public schools, they're trying to change that with a new program called the "Leading Men Fellowship."

How to Become a Teacher in Lots of Steps

by Ron Clone - Racine County Eye
Training for the profession of teaching, even in 1971, was not the easiest major to enter at Michigan State. When I transferred from Central Michigan as a junior, I was headed into secondary education, as I mentioned in my initial blog entry. After the first term, I decided to switch my major to elementary after several conversations with my oldest brother and his wife, both of whom were teachers.

Why Some Of D.C.’s Leading Men Of Color Are Heading Back To Preschool

by Kate McGee - WAMU
At Turner Elementary School in Southeast D.C., Torren Cooper is the only male of color who works directly in the classroom, even though the student body is 98 percent African American. Cooper is a literacy coach helping some of Turner’s youngest pupils with their reading and writing skills, including rhyming, alliteration, letter sounds and writing their names.

Boston University professor Travis Bristol studies hiring, retention of teachers of color

by Yawu Miller - The Bay State Banner
Travis Bristol is an assistant professor in English education at the Boston University School of Education who researches district- and school-based practices that support teachers of color; national, state and local education policies that enable and constrain the workplace experiences and retention for teachers of color; the intersection of race and gender in schools.

Go Teach, Young Man: Tweaking Risk and Reward to Recruit Male Teachers

by Justin Baeder - Education Week
How do we attract more top-performing male teachers to the profession, and what role does compensation play?

EdWeek recently published an op-ed, Rethinking Teacher Compensation, by Laura Overdeck, Arthur Levine, and Christopher Daggett. The authors argue that states should reallocate compensation funding away from "backloaded" plans such as defined-benefit pensions, and toward earlier-career perks like higher starting salaries and annual bonuses.

Here's what male teachers of color want their districts to know about them

By Laura Faith Kebede - Chalkbeat
A passion for teaching and learning is what drew Archie Moss to a career in education. But the Memphis principal recalls how he almost left the profession when he found himself increasingly tasked as a disciplinarian.
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