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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.

Justice For All: Lack of Black Male Educators in Florida Area Schools

By Saundra Weathers - Pinellas County
Thirteen year old Nia Kirkland says nothing will get in the way of her dream of becoming a teacher.

Demographics of new hires revamps conversation on need for minority teachers in Tennessee

by Lasherica Thornton - Jackson Sun - West Tennessee
For July, there were 77 new hires, 23 resignations and 18 remaining vacancies for Jackson-Madison County School System, as of Monday.

But, the need for minority teachers – their recruitment and retention – is being discussed among the school board again because of the demographics of the new hires.

Report Highlights Teacher Recruitment, Diversity Initiatives

by Sarah Wood - Diverse Issues in Higher Education
To address ongoing teacher shortages and increase the diversity of the teacher workforce, the state of Mississippi has launched Grow Your Own (GYO) initiatives, according to a New America report.

The report, "Mississippi's Multifaceted Approach to Tackling Teacher Shortages," analyzes the impact of the programs and offers strategies other states can implement.

Educate ME Early program hopes to increase presence of diverse male teachers in early education

by Melissa Crash - Fox 59
There's a new push to increase the number of men of color in the classroom. According to the nonprofit Early Learning Indiana, there's a major lack of ethnic and gender diversity in early childhood education.

Pre-K Teacher Zachary Ferguson loves his job. Everything from story time over Zoom calls, to his time back in the classroom.

Only 2 percent of Black men make-up teacher workforce

By Patrice Clark - WLBT-TV
It’s staggering statistic, only two percent of black men make-up the teacher workforce in this country.

But with a growing population of minorities in public schools, research shows more diversity is needed when it comes to leadership.

Warren Central Intermediate school teacher Woodrow Price loves his job.

He has been teaching for 13 years and won countless awards for his dedication and service in the classroom.

Now, More than Ever, America Needs More Black Male Social Studies Teachers

by Tina L. Fletcher
For Black students in America, having a same-race social studies teacher is extremely rare. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), social studies teachers make up just 7% of the entire teacher workforce. And of all social studies teachers, roughly 94% are White (54% men and 40% women). Just 3% of America’s social studies teachers are Black men. And only 3% are Black women.

First black male to lead Virginia's largest teachers union wants to give back and inspire

By Justin Mattingly - Richmond Times-Dispatch
In 1992, as a sophomore at Arcadia High School in Accomack County, James Fedderman needed an A on the final exam in order to pass his English class.

He was the center of attention — in a good way, his English teacher, Liz Kuhns, said — and full of life, but struggled in school. He finished ninth grade with a 0.86 GPA and waited until the last minute to get serious about his classes.

New Call Me MISTER Scholarship

By The Charleston Chronicle & By Amy S. Mercer
Dennis Wright says he never planned on being a teacher. It wasn’t until he was encouraged to enroll in the South Carolina Teacher Cadet program during his senior year of high school that his “eyes were opened” to a career in education.

TODAY Show surprises Georgia's first black male Pre-K Teacher of the Year with huge donation

by Jason Braverman -11Alive
He was named Georgia's Pre-K Teacher of the Year last fall and was recognized as the first black man to get this honor.

Johnathon Hines, a pre-K instructor at Barack Obama Elementary School in Atlanta, got another surprise on the TODAY Show on Monday.

'From Oprah to Ellen': Call Me MISTER celebrates 20 years of fostering Black male teachers

by Zoe Nicholson - Greenville News
In April 2001, former Clemson University and NFL football player Jeff Davis sat on a soundstage in Chicago across from talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

Davis was on Winfrey's widely popular daytime talk show to receive the "Use Your LIfe" award for his involvement in the Call Me Mister program, an initiative aimed at increasing the number of black male teachers in South Carolina.

Teaching, Preaching: DeKalb Educator Raps For Student Enrichment

The 21st
Maurice McDavid raps to teach and connect with his students. McDavid is an Assistant Principal at Cortland Elementary School near DeKalb.

McDavid says writing has always been a way for him to express himself, and that he's been rapping for as long as he can remember. He says he creates raps for his students about everything from proper bus etiquette to knowing when to keep their hands to themselves.

Indiana Early education could soon be facing a major teacher shortfall

by Katiera Winfrey - WISHTV
To combat that, two local nonprofits — Early Learning Indiana and the Educate Me foundation — are partnering to get more minority men in classrooms in Indianapolis. The organizations are offering fellowships to make it happen. Application are being accepted. It’s a pilot program but the minority men selected will be put through training before shadowing in the classroom.

Zacharay Ferguson is a giant next to his preschool students, but somehow he can come down to their size. They call him Mr. Zack.

Does the childcare field have gender discrimination?

by Marissa Couch - The Wright State Guardian
Upon walking into a childcare facility, the majority of the teachers employed will be female. The ratio of men working in a childcare program compared to females is heavily skewed.

Wright State University student Jacob Shaw has worked with children for most of his life.

He currently holds a position at a local childcare center as he pursues his bachelor of science in Elementary Education.

History: The Teacher Corps (1966)

By Stephen D. Lerner - The Harvard Crimson
[MenTeach: In a recent article in March 2020 "[Warren] Farrell has also recommended to the White House a Male Teacher Corps — giving scholarships to men to become elementary school teachers in exchange for serving at least two years as one. He found that children most in jeopardy go from mom-only homes to female teachers in elementary school or nursery school. An astounding 95% of elementary school teachers are women. Boys who don’t have male role models that are constructive are vulnerable to male role models who are destructive — like gang leaders and drug dealers.

Black Male Educators In St. Louis Have A Formula For Boosting Their Numbers

By Andrea Y. Henderson - St. Louis Public Radio
Darryl Diggs Jr. only had two African American male educators in his school years.

He met the first one, a physical education teacher, in grade school — and then another, a physiology teacher, in high school. At college, he only had one black male professor.

Summit for male students of color discusses the difficulties they face in going to college — and finishing

by Rafael Guerrero - The Courier-News
Education professor J. Luke Wood has spent years researching and talking about the challenges male students of color have in pursuing and attaining a college diploma — family income, social stigmas, complicated experiences in elementary and high school.

What is it like to be a male teacher in early ed?

by Jackie Mader - Hechinger Report
One early childhood educator said he wanted to be a male role model for children. Others were drawn to teaching after becoming fathers. Several said they like teaching young children because it allows them to make a difference in their communities.

How Patrick Harris Found Healing In The Classroom

by Michael Tomlin-Crutchfield - National Urban League
On a late Thursday afternoon, 5th grade teacher Patrick Harris closes out his day planning lessons for the coming week and helping his students find their friends throughout the building.

Rather than being disturbed by the occasional shouts from students during our conversation, he met them with a smile as he paused to reflect on his path into the classroom.

A message from a black male teacher: Don’t make educators like me the default disciplinarians

by Rann Miller - Chalkbeat.org
My first day in the classroom is one I’ll never forget. I was given a room of curious sophomore students — 43 of them.

I could feel the lump in my throat and every drop of sweat on my body. I was used to public speaking, and I felt good about what I would be teaching. But in that moment before the first bell rang, I actually thought about walking out.

Former basketball standout is different role model now, first black man to win state’s early education honor

By Marlon A. Walker, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
For two years as a teaching assistant in a Pre-K classroom, Johnathon Hines learned about rituals and routines and how to keep a 4-year-old student's attention long enough to impart a lesson.

The job was supposed to be a way into the school system while Hines waited for a physical education position to come available. Those are coveted. Many who become PE teachers only give them up when they retire. Or die.

Black Male Educators and the Lack of Diversity in Classrooms

By Ana Martinez-Ortiz - The Milwaukee Courier
Young people are often asked what they want to be when they grow up. While the answers range, the fact remains that its difficult for young people to envision themselves in a career or professional field when they don’t someone who looks like them already in that position.

For example, young girls may respond that they want to be a teacher because a majority of their teachers are female. But young boys, especially black boys, may struggle to see themselves as a teacher. And there’s a reason for that.

Bowie State program looks to draw more black men to education careers

by John Henry - WUSA9
If you look inside many of America’s classrooms, you’ll notice someone is missing: black male teachers.

According to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Education, only 2 percent of the country’s teaching workforce are black males.

Encouraging More Men to Teach Elementary Education

NC State University
Stephen McKinney comes from a long line of educators and advocates in North Carolina. His mother and grandmother were elementary and middle school teachers, and his sister began her first year in the classroom last fall. His father was a prominent figure in the fight for LGBTQ equality in the state and still advocates for underrepresented communities today.

Whether Charter or Public, Schools Need More Black Male Teachers

By Coron A. Brinson - Post News Group
Throughout my career as a Black male teacher, I’ve taught in district and charter schools. While many remain determined to highlight their differences, they’re one and the same when it comes to their failure to serve Black children and their inability to attract and retain quality teachers who look like them.
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