1) Websites about male teachers in Germany and Europe
2) Men in Early Childhood Education in Austria
3) Mentoring programs in Dallas schools aim to give boost to young black males
4) A few good men: Male elementary teachers in Georgia
5) From a Criminology degree to Early Childhood Education
6) Successful Black Male Teachers
7) Men teaching in Asian countries
8) 2 male teachers sue School District, claim gender-bias
9) Morehouse College wants more Black male teachers in American classrooms
10) 5th Annual Summit of EC-MENZ in New Zealand

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1) Websites about male teachers in Germany and Europe
[MenTeach: There are several interesting websites available in Europe that are in English reports Dr. Tim Rohrmann who works in the Coordination office men in ECE out of Berlin, Germany. Check out several of the sites – you’ll find some exciting new work!]

In the coming years, we want to work in cooperation with policymakers and practitioners to noticeably increase the percentage of male professionals working in kitas. We see this as an important contribution towards more diversity and a qualitative advancement in the practical pedagogical work being done in kitas. Read the article & go to those websites: /node/1583

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2) Men in Early Childhood Education in Austria
In Austria, public debate about Early Childhood Education and Care continues. Plans to offer at least the last year of pre-school education free of charge, as well as steps to raise vocational education from secondary to tertiary level, are in broad discussion now. Our research confirms the importance of looking at and discussing men in terms of gender. Although poor income situation and low educational level of ECE workers are vital problems to be addressed, the issue of “gender culture” has to be targeted alike. The “feminine” culture of kindergarten as well as of vocational schools in this field has to assimilate and integrate more “masculine” aspects of educational properties and intentions, e.g. outdoor activities and sports. As the most important single issue to be tackled, men and women agree on the necessity of generally enhancing the standing of Early Childhood Education and Care in society. Read the entire newsletter: /node/1584

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3) Mentoring programs in Dallas schools aim to give boost to young black males
A group of teenage boys dressed in formal attire form a circle and join hands inside a classroom on a recent evening inside Dallas’ Carter High School. One by one, they’re asked to contribute a positive affirmation. Don’t be a follower. Life is full of choices. Control your anger. Lastly, they speak in unison: “Man Up.” They’re in a mentoring program by the same name launched by art teacher Curtis Ferguson that aims to improve the performance of young black male students. Read the entire story: /node/1588

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4) A few good men: Male elementary teachers in Georgia
Bell, a third-grade teacher at Nesbit Elementary, is one of about 250 male elementary classroom teachers in Gwinnett County Public Schools. That number excludes physical education teachers and those who teach specials such as art or music. In all, there about 400 men who teach elementary school. Read the article: /node/1590

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5) From a Criminology degree to Early Childhood Education
Bennie Cooper earned a BA degree in criminology in 1994, but he became interested in early childhood education (ECE) when his daughter was born five years ago. He found it to be a challenge to find a good child care center for his daughter — not one seemed good enough. Bennie researched acceptable standards in the ECE industry, and then embarked on the Child Development Associate (CDA) process himself. His CDA fee was paid for by the Florida TEACH program. The required 480 hours of experience allowed Bennie to work with children and discover how rewarding the ECE profession is. There were many challenges. He was the only man in the class and, at first, parents looked funny at him, but he did not get discouraged. Read the story: /node/1592

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6) Successful Black Male Teachers
William Alexander was all ears at his mother’s home in Riverside during President Barack Obama’s back-to-school message to kids Tuesday. The Oakland elementary school teacher who was in the area attending a conference knows the importance of encouraging children to stay in school. In 2004 he became the first in his family to go to college. “My two older brothers dropped out of high school. My mother and father never finished. Now I’m trying to save my two nephews. There aren’t a lot of positive role models out there,” said Alexander. Alexander grew up wanting to become an elementary school teacher but said he was frequently the butt of jokes among his Oakland classmates who called teaching ‘women’s work’. “Guys would tease me. They’d say stuff like teaching children how to write their names for the first time or mediating kiddy temper tantrums is not “real” teaching. They’d go, ‘man, there’s no money in that’,” Alexander recalls. Read the article: /node/1595

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7) Men teaching in Asian countries
Mr. Abu Bakar Osman, 28, stood out at a recent scholarship ceremony for childcare educators. In the first batch of 100, he was the only man among a bevy of women. Industry statistics tell an even more compelling picture of a sector that continues to be dominated by women. Out of more than 5,600 childcare teachers, only 26 are men, or less than 0.5 per cent of the total number. A similar situation is found at kindergartens, where a similar percentage of about 3,600 teachers is male. Visit their site: /node/1599

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8) 2 male teachers sue School District, claim gender-bias
Two male teachers in the Steel Valley School District filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Thursday, claiming the district hired them at a lower salary than female teachers with similar experience. The lawsuit says school officials told Clay Karadus of Munhall and Steven A. Large of Elizabeth Township that the district’s policy is to hire teachers at the bottom rung of the pay scale. Karadus, an English teacher, had seven years of experience when he was hired in 2004. Large, an elementary school teacher, had five years of experience when he was hired in 2002, the lawsuit says. “Despite its alleged policy, defendant hired other similarly situated teachers who are female at higher pay steps,” according to the lawsuit. Follow this lawsuit to its conclusion: /node/1600

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9) Morehouse College wants more Black male teachers in American classrooms
Morehouse College is one of the most prestigious of our nation’s Historically Black Colleges/Universities, but it’s safe to say it’s one of the prestigious of our nations colleges. Morehouse is not only historically Black, but also the only college that educates Black males. It’s interesting to see an update from Morehouse College President Robert Franklin, where he is talking about the weather situation in Atlanta: Before I conclude, I’d like you all to be aware of an exciting event which you will hear more about in the days ahead. The U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will conduct a town hall meeting on the Morehouse campus along with alumnus, trustee and award winning filmmaker Spike Lee. The town hall will promote President Obama’s Teach Campaign aimed at dramatically increasing the number of African American male teachers in the nation’s classrooms. Read the article: /node/1602

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10) 5th Annual Summit of EC-MENZ in New Zealand
The organisation for men who work in Early Childhood Education. We have had four Summits in Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Auckland. This year we are going to be slightly different and have it at Peel Forest in South Canterbury. To give some idea of the programme, much of the Saturday will be devoted to practical outdoor activities for boys and girls in ECE centres, including: 101 ways with ropes; Water rockets  “How to share your recycling with your neighbours.”; Using real tools:  “The only way to learn to hammer a nail is to hit your thumb a few times” Torches, Using fire Volcanoes, cooking, melted crayon pictures; Theory and practical aspects; Equipment needed and where to find it; Links to Te Whariki; Safety; Relevant EC regulations. Go to the conference information: /node/1596

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