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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.

Do boys need more male teachers?

Nick Murray - Sooke News Mirror
Children may have a hard time finding a male role model to look up to in the classroom.

Statistics show women greatly outnumber men as educators, a trend that is seen in classrooms across Greater Victoria.

Dave Eberwein, superintendent of the Saanich School District, recognises that students need to be able to relate to their teachers but does not think biological sex is much of a factor. “The most important thing is having at least one adult a child can relate to, that they trust and that believes in them.”

Men in primary schools put up with unfair comments about their health, appearance and career progress, says this teacher.

Being a male primary teacher can sometimes be lonely. Around one in 10 primary teachers are male and at times you can find yourself as the only man in the staff room, perhaps even the first male teacher in that school, ever. That being the case, I’m pleased to say that most of the time gender is not ultimately a factor and you don't think about it – you just crack on, doing your job the best you can.

CSUN Joins UC Berkeley and the Compton Unified School District to Improve Retention Rates of Male Teachers of Color

California State University, Northridge has partnered with the University of California, Berkeley and the Compton Unified School District (CUSD) to launch a three-year pilot program to improve the retention rates of male teachers of color.

Stuart Cleinman: An icon in Early Childhood Education

Stuart Phillip Cleinman of Arlington, died on Thursday, February 7, 2019, at age 66. A lifelong Massachusetts resident - born April 7, 1952 in Fall River - he was elated to see the curse broken by the 2004 World Series, the first of four Red Sox titles he ultimately celebrated. He is survived by countless people who will miss his gregarious nature (in addition to his baked goods), including his wife of thirty-seven years Susan Janowitz, his children Matthew and Rebecca, his brother and sister-in-law Elliott and Maryellen, and so many more relatives and friends.

Only two percent of teachers are black men, yet research confirms they matter

By Chandra Thomas Whitfield - The Undefeated
Cedric Jackson knows firsthand the impact that regular exposure to a positive black man can have on impressionable students — especially young black boys.

Study reports how race matters in the classroom

by Ty Tagami - Atlanta Journal Constitution
Race matters in the classroom, with black students who are exposed to a black teacher doing better in school, a new research report says.

Study: Male Teachers Are More Likely to Leave a School With a Female Principal

By Sarah Schwartz - Education Week - Teacher
Researchers at the University of Virginia and Northwestern University have found another wrinkle to add to the problem of teacher retention: Male teachers are leaving schools with female principals.

The researchers analyzed New York state teacher retention data over a 40-year period, from the 1969-79 school year through 2009-10. In total, the data set included about 650,000 teachers and about 6,400 schools.
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