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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.

Here are two reasons why.

Impactful Role-Modelling

Male Teachers: How to Teach Boys to Be Better Men

By Justin Minkel - Education Week Teacher
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.

The few. The proud. The male elementary school teachers.

by Ben Talley - Education Beat
You young men out there … so you want to do something really tough and brave, something to change the world, something adventurous, something really different?

Well, you could join the Marines, and you’d definitely do all of the above.

But you could also do “all of the above” by becoming an elementary school teacher.

I can personally vouch for the undeniable truth that all-of-the-above criteria are met in my job on a daily basis.

Can a white teacher connect with black students?

by Adam Schwartz - teacher - The Baltimore Sun
Each school year, at least one male student shares with me a version of this story: While walking — sometimes to school, sometimes to or from work — the student is stopped by police. The police officer turns out the student’s pockets, empties his book bag if he has one, demands ID, sits him on the curb and makes him wait while they check him for priors or outstanding warrants. All of this happens absent probable cause.

Gender and Power in the American Classroom

By Eboo Patel - Inside Higher Ed
I am a diversity progressive who generally thinks that men have too much power. Because that is my worldview and because I am human, I am given to confirmation bias. In other words, I will look for cases that confirm my worldview – stories of men with too much power. But confirming your worldview is the opposite of what intellectuals ought to be doing.

Male teachers return to the classroom as better pay, conditions attract surge in enrollments

By Rebecca Carmody
After years of decline, men are finally getting back into primary teaching — lured by family-friendly hours, good salaries and the satisfaction of making a difference.

Nowhere is their resurgence more apparent than at Melville Primary School in Perth's southern suburbs.

John Engel: Babysitter training: Where are the boys?

I recently attended a babysitter training class. The day-long course, offered by the American Red Cross – on a Saturday – met in an unassuming building located in an industrial park. Truthfully, my daughter Zoe, soon to be 12, attended the class. I sat in the lobby, at the unoccupied reception desk, working on my laptop to finish a couple of pressing work projects.

How Many Black Male Teachers Did You Have Growing Up?

by Kandia Johnson - Black Enterprise
Vincent Cobb II and Rashiid Coleman are the founders behind The Black Male Educators Convening, an organization on a mission to triple the number of highly-effective black male teachers in Philadelphia public schools to 1,000 by 2025.

Dallas math teacher more than just a teacher: 'He's kind of like a father figure to me'

by Demond Fernandez - WFAA
It's National Teacher Appreciation Week, and many people are honoring those educators who have made a positive, significant, impact in their lives.

Students and staff at Clara Oliver Elementary School in Dallas are giving a special salute to math teacher Joseph Francis.

“He’s so intelligent,” said fourth grader Shanterria Woods.

Mr. Francis has become very popular with his students. They call Francis a man with a knack for making math fun.

"He explains things to me how I understand them,” said fourth-grader Tory Robertson.

Two cofounders of The Fellowship: Black Male Educators for Social Justice just scored national recognition

by Cianni Williams - Generocity
It’s an oft-shared statistic in the education world: Only 2 percent of America’s teachers are Black men.

And, according to Philly.com, 54 percent of students in the Philadelphia School District are Black, yet only 5 percent of their teachers are Black men.

Scholarship Program To Recruit Male Teachers Of Color Launches in San Antonio, Texas

By Camille Phillips - Texas Public Radio
Three out of four teachers in the San Antonio area are women, and just four percent are black, according to state data.

My Brother’s Keeper San Antonio is accepting applications through Aug. 7, with the aim of placing 30 men in internships at area schools this school year while they obtain alternative teacher certification through Education Service Center Region 20. They need to have their bachelor’s degree to qualify.

New program in Illionis to create a pipeline of black and Latino male teachers

By Manny Ramos - Chicago Sun-Times
Jawaun Williams always felt a void growing up on the South Side, going to schools with a predominantly black student population.

When he graduated from high school, he was one of the top 15 students in his class and in the honors society.

Still, something was missing.

Possible key to black boys' academic success: Hire black men as elementary school teacher

by Ted Gregory - Chicago Tribune
Near the end of his freshman year at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Ja’Waun Williams heard that a dean there had been a member of the fraternity Williams was pledging.

After bonding over their shared affection for Alpha Phi Alpha, Dean Alfred Tatum persuaded Williams to shift his academic focus. Instead of preparing to teach high school math, Tatum suggested, why not major in urban elementary education?

I’m one of the few male nursery teachers. There should be more of us

by Tim Cooke - The Guardian
A few years ago, when I started to seriously consider a career in teaching, the possibility of specialising in teaching the under-sixes didn’t even cross my mind. For me the choice was whether to train as a secondary English or primary school teacher.

Pre-to-3: Young black men explore a pathway to early-childhood education

by Linda Jacobson - Education Dive
Eric Horsley didn’t come from a family of educators, and he was the first in his family to walk across the stage to receive his high school diploma. But it hasn’t taken him long to pick up the language of the teaching profession.

Next up for men of color? A place at the front of the classroom.

by Story Hinckley Staff writer - Christian Science Monitor
Principal Damon Smith remembers a time when his students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in Massachusetts had a black principal, black assistant principal, black mayor, black governor, and black president – all at the same time. But he sees a need for black men to push open the door to the next frontier: the kindergarten classroom.

"We need more practitioners of color, particularly black male teachers, in our classes K-12." he explains in his office on a recent afternoon. "President Obama is just a step. It shows you what is possible,"

Community College to become new home for Troops to Teachers program in Florida

by Fletcher Keel - WCTV Eyewitness News
Tallahassee Community College and the Florida Department of Education have announced a new partnership to bring the Troops to Teachers program back to Florida.

Troops to Teachers is a nationwide program designed to help transitioning service members and veterans begin new careers as K-12 school teachers.

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.
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