MenTeach E-News
March 2012

1) Male Teachers of Color Initiative Scholarships
2) MenTeach Interview: Children learn best from role modeled behavior and approaches
3) Hiring male teachers in New York City area for summer jobs
4) Marcia Farris given Steve Shuman Award by MenTeach – New England
5) Conference Success – More men in early childhood education in New Zealand
6) Report: New Zealand Conference – Another Great Success!
7) Getting guys back into NZ education
8) Male teachers finding more roles in private schools
9) Dwayne Nunez – winner of the Emerging Professional Award
10) MenTeach – New England Reception a Great Success!

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1) Male Teachers of Color Initiative Scholarships
Local organizations united Thursday at The Leadership Academy for Young Men to support freshmen boys with dreams of becoming teachers. Chase Bank funded the local organization, “Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers,” as they launched the Male Teacher of Color Initiative within the academy. The program’s aim is to increase diversity among male teachers. The Rochester City School District says that less than two percent of the five million teachers hired nationally are African-American men. However, the majority of the student population in Rochester are members of a minority group. Watch the video and read the article: /node/1859

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2) MenTeach Interview: Children learn best from role modeled behavior and approaches
Q: How important is reading to success in school and life?
A: We have so much data about how significant reading is to children, particularly how important it is for parents to read to, or along with, younger children. We know from neurological brain research that when you read to children you are helping them expand their synapses and develop vocabulary. I’m sure that you know about Jeffrey Canada who has worked in Harlem, and how he has found that poor families with books around the house raise children with profoundly different vocabulary than those without books around the house. Reading can’t be underestimated; it’s so significant, particularly for boys. /node/1862

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3) Hiring male teachers in New York City area for summer jobs
We are currently placing Certified Teachers in our after school programs to work with children in the New York City area (Bronx/Manhattan/Brooklyn/Queens).

Please be so kind to post the attached job description so that your students, friends, relatives and associates may apply and provide our scholars with an amazing afterschool experience. To see more information: /node/1881

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4) Marcia Farris given Steve Shuman Award by MenTeach – New England
The Steering Committee of MenTeach – New England held an award party for Marcia Farris, Executive Director of the Massachusetts AEYC, where she received the Steve Shuman Award in Support of Men in Early Education and Care Award because of her work as an ally to men in the field and support of gender equality.

Marcia received the award at the MenTeach – New England reception at the MassAEYC Conference on March 16th at 5 PM at the Westford, MA Regency Hotel. Read the story & see the photos: /node/1866

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5) Conference Success – More men in early childhood education in New Zealand
A keynote speaker at the Early Childhood MenZ Summit in Wanganui said it was heartening to see that men are now realising a career in early childhood education is a viable option. Dunedin Early childhood education lecturer Tagiilima Feleti said the number of men showing interest in early childhood education was growing rapidly. The summit held at Born and Raised Pasifika Early Childhood Centre in Aramoho recently was a huge success, he said. It was the first time the summit, which has been held annually for six years, had been held in Wanganui and more than 100 early childcare workers, mostly men, attended. Read the comments: /node/1883

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6) Report: New Zealand Conference – Another Great Success!
From 16th -18th March, 2012 another extraordinary event in education – The 6th Summit on Men in Early childhood: EC-MENZ (Men in Early Childhood Network of New Zealand) was hosted in Whanganui by Born & Raised Pasifika Early Childhood Centre and generously supported by some of the wider Whanganui business community. Well done Whanganui for hosting such a marvelous conference. Over the weekend we feasted like kings on a fantastic array of food, entertainment, guest speakers, and workshops. The grand opening and all the entertainment was very colourful, following the Pasifika theme of the weekend. Read the report: /node/1885

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7) Getting guys back into NZ education
If you live in New Zealand, there is every chance that your child will not have a male teacher until they reach high school. Startling. But is it important? Education Minister Hon Hekia Parata argues that it is the effectiveness of the teacher, rather than the gender of the teacher, that makes a difference to a child’s learning. A fair claim, perhaps. After all, New Zealand has a stellar reputation for promoting equality between the sexes, particularly as it relates to the workplace. We have women CEOs, women prime ministers, and of course, women principals. We are fairly agreed that there’s no difference in the capabilities of the sexes, so is it really important if only 18 per cent of primary school teachers, and just 2% of early childhood education teachers, are male? Read the story: /node/1887

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8) Male teachers finding more roles in private schools
Just like the rest of the nation, Canberra’s non-government schools have proven they’re outstripping the public sector in attracting male teaching staff. Latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show the ACT’s non-government schools have recorded a 27 per cent increase in male teaching numbers since 1997 compared with an increase of just 1 per cent in the public sector. This was marginally better than national averages, which showed a 25 per cent increase in non-government schools and a decrease of 2 per cent for public schools. Go to website: /node/1889

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9) Dwayne Nunez – winner of the Emerging Professional Award
Dwayne was first trained to be a Playmaker in 2006, when he was a preschool teacher at Jamaica Plain Head Start. At the time, Dwayne was trained to use transformative play to build stronger relationships with his students and help heal and strengthen them as well. More specifically, he learned how to incorporate joy, social connection, internal control, and active engagement into his everyday work, routine, curriculum, environment, and interactions with colleagues and children alike to help build a fun, loving, creative classroom and school community. Read the entire story: /node/1893

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10) MenTeach – New England Reception a Great Success!
See photos from the event: /node/1868

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