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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.

Bemidji Area Schools might 'grow' its own teachers

Bemidji Area Schools leaders are considering ways to help existing staff become classroom teachers.

Men who care: attracting men into the caring professions

Attracting men into the caring professions faces some societal challenges but there is a movement to encourage more men into caring roles

At the same time as efforts rightly focus on getting more women in leadership positions and into male-dominated industries, there is also a movement to encourage more men into the careers dominated by women.

In particular, the caring professions are bereft of men. Early years teaching and nursery workers are almost exclusively female, as is nursing and the social care workforce.

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.
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