1) Smith Strives to Inspire On and Off the Basketball Court
2) Gender imbalance in Korean Schools
3) Alternative Teacher Training Programs Better Attracting Male & Minority Trainees
4) Project PRIDE will help increase minority & male teachers with $12.1 million
5) More male teachers are needed in Australian schools to help boys perform better, a new teacher survey shows
6) Blokes-in-kindy challenge
7) PRIDE is spreading in Florida
8) Fathers would be more involved if there were more male staff
9) MenTeach – New England Awards & Reception
10) Demand for male early childhood teachers cannot be met

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1) Smith Strives to Inspire On and Off the Basketball Court
Senior Ben Smith traded his Wichita State basketball uniform and Nike sneakers for slacks and a necktie when he walked into a third grade classroom as “Mr. Smith” at OK Elementary School this fall. As part of his elementary education degree program, Smith taught six lessons to grade school students at the school located on Wichita’s west side. He prepared and gave lessons in reading and social studies between the Shockers’ basketball practices, games and his own college coursework. Read his story: /node/1830

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2) Gender imbalance in Korean Schools
As of 2011, women teachers accounted for 75.8 percent in the nation’s primary schools, 66.8 percent in middle schools and 46.2 percent in high schools. These figures represent significant rise in the presence of female teachers at primary and secondary schools since a decade ago, when the respective figures were 68 percent, 59 percent and 35 percent. Read the editorial: /node/1831

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3) Alternative Teacher Training Programs Better Attracting Male & Minority Trainees
Teacher training and quality has long been a topic of discussion among policymakers, especially as states have expanded access to alternative teacher training programs outside of traditional schools of education. While many remain skeptical about the effectiveness and worth of such programs, 45 states have implemented alternative routes to certification and 11 percent of teacher trainees attend such programs. The issue was no doubt important enough that in 2008 Congress required that the U.S. Department of Education collect and report data on participation in various types of teacher training programs. The Department made that data available late last year through a report called “Preparing and Credentialing the Nation’s Teachers: The Secretary’s Eighth Report on Teacher Quality Based on Data Provided for 2008, 2009, 2010.” To read the entire story: /node/1835

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4) Project PRIDE will help increase minority & male teachers with $12.1 million
To help reduce the demographic disparity between students and teachers, Polk County Public Schools has partnered with the University of South Florida Polytechnic to actively recruit and provide scholarships to future male and minority school teachers. The $12.1 million funding comes from Race to the Top, a $4.35 billion U.S. Department of Education competition grant designed to spur innovation and reforms in state and local district K-12 education. Read the article: /node/1836

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5) More male teachers are needed in Australian schools to help boys perform better, a new teacher survey shows
The survey shows teachers believe little is being done to address the performance gap between girls and boys. The Sunday Herald Sun can reveal the findings of the latest Staff in Australia Schools survey, which asked more than 15,000 teachers and principals about their working conditions. The report found fewer than one in five primary school teachers is male, with the number of female teachers rising in the 2010 survey to 81 per cent.
Read the article: /node/1837

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6) Blokes-in-kindy challenge
Marlborough’s only male kindergarten teacher is encouraging other men to “throw the stigma out the window” and join the profession. Michael Clark, the head teacher at Springlands Kindergarten, said he wanted men to forget about what people might think about them being in early childhood education. “If it’s something you really want to do and something you’re keen on, get off your rear and go do it.” Male kindergarten teachers make up only 1.7 per cent of the country’s teachers.Read the article & comments: /node/1838

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7) PRIDE is spreading in Florida
When Juliun Kinsey recently volunteered as an instructor at Terwilliger Elementary School, the Santa Fe College graduate noticed something missing. The children, he said, had few teachers who, like him, shared their skin color. “Teachers should reflect the student body,” Kinsey said. “If a majority of your kids are minority, but 90 percent of your teachers are white females, it limits what a kid believes is successful.” Research analysis shows that minority students perform better when their teachers are of the same race. Read the story: /node/1840

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8) Fathers would be more involved if there were more male staff
[MenTeach: We posted the wrong link for the study about fathers. We have corrected the link to the correct report].
A survey with results from nearly 500 Minnesota fathers and 250 early childhood education professionals and practitioners reveals key findings:
– That families and children want fathers involved.
– The barriers to father involvement in Early Childhood Programs are known.
– There are successful stories and strategies to more effectively involve fathers. Father involvement in early childhood programs has increased over the past decade. But barriers that prevent their involvement still exist. Read & download the full report: /node/1778

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9) MenTeach – New England Awards & Reception
MenTeach – New England is proud to welcome you to a social event and award reception after the conference. We are a group representing various disciplines in the field of early education advocating for men in the lives of children. See the flyer and location: /node/1843

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10) Demand for male early childhood teachers cannot be met
While an increasing number of New Zealand families would like men to be teaching their under fives, the men are not there to be employed, says an early childhood organisation that represents 1100 centres nationwide. Chief Executive of the Early Childhood Council, Peter Reynolds said today that early childhood centres would employ many more male teachers if such teachers existed. And he called for teacher trainers ‘to get more active in the promotion of our sector to men’. The absence of men from early childhood centres robbed from families the right to choose male teachers, Mr Reynolds said. But it could not be remedied by early childhood centres on their own, ‘because you cannot employ male teachers who do not exist’. Go to the website: /node/1844

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