1) $1 Million for Black Male Teacher Initiative
2) Report about the USA National MenTeach Symposium in Chicago
3) The first World Gathering for Men in Early Childhood Education May 2008
4) Report about Men in Education Retreat in New England – USA
5) See the video of Ontario Television panel discussion talking about men teachers
6) 2nd NEW ZEALAND Summit
7) Asking the Tough Questions – Canadian Men & Women Meet
8) On MenTeach Website – Do men make better disciplinarians than women?
9) Meet some men – Men’s Stories
10) Let us know what’s going on in your part of the world

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1) $1 Million for Black Male Teacher Initiative

The Schott Foundation for Public Education solidifies $1 million partnership with The Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation as a part of an initiative which will develop models for recruiting and retaining African American male teachers.

This first phase of the grant will be used to implement the Teachers as Leaders initiative — which will expand teacher and public policy leadership opportunities for black males entering the teaching profession.

For more information – go to the MenTeach website for the foundation information: /node/530

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2) Report about the USA National MenTeach Symposium in Chicago

This year’s National Symposium met in Chicago to further develop a national policy and plan for increasing the number of men teachers and to discuss the importance of men in the lives of children. Men and women attended from all over the United States and Canada. There was long discussions about what are key issues to include in the policy statements and note takers collected these comments and discussions. By the end of the gathering, several people volunteered to help review the draft plan. Watch the MenTeach website for updates.

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3) The first World Gathering about Men in Early Childhood Education (MECE) May 2008

The MECE Working Forum is an international gathering of early childhood professionals sponsored by the WF Foundation, MenTeach, Hawaii AEYC and other groups. Open to all interested early childhood professionals from around the world, WF MECE 2008 creates a global meeting place for delegates to reflect on the value of gender balance in early childhood education (ECE), the benefits and barriers to men’s full participation, and identification of actions to promote this important issue worldwide. Forum attendees share ideas, perspectives, and stories over the course of four days of intensive networking, sessions, discussion groups, and informal gatherings.

To register for the conference go to http://www.worldforumfoundation.org.

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4) Report about Men in Education Retreat in New England – USA

The men in New England gathered October 6, 2007 Men in Education Network (M.E.N. Interest Forum) to share their experience working in early education. They also discussed how to form relationships between male educators and parents. Read their ideas and future plans at: /node/580

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5) See the video of Ontario Television panel discussion talking about men teachers

Watch the panel discussion about men teaching and read the follow-up controversial comments via: /node/581/

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6) Attend the 2nd NEW ZEALAND Summit

Men in Early Childhood Education Summit Saturday, February, 9th and Sunday, 10th, 2008 Details on the ecmenz website at:

Go to their website for more information:

http://www.ecmenz.org/pages/summit_invite.html

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7) Asking the Tough Questions – Canadian Men & Women Meet

Ron Blatz, Executive Director of Discovery Center has brought together groups of men and women to talk about issues of hiring men. His center has 11 men out of 44 staff – perhaps a new record. Go to: /node/495

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8) On MenTeach Website – Do men make better disciplinarians than women?

Is it because we have a deeper voice as men? Or is it that we use fewer words and don’t say, “Okay?” to children when we make a request. Or is it a myth? Read this online discussion. Go to /node/578/

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9) Meet some men – Men’s Stories

Read the powerful and moving story about a man killed in Afghanistan after spending several years building schools for children.

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10) Let us know what’s going on in your part of the world

Stop by the MenTeach website to share your thoughts about teaching and whether you are meeting with other men and women who are interested in more men teaching.

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