1) Malaysian Ministry to recruit more male teachers
2) Some education jobs pay women more
3) The Daddy Day Carers
4) Fall Meeting of New England MenTeach
5) Kindergarten male nanny in China – watch the english video news report
6) Principal successfully recruits black male teachers
7) It’s elementary, guys: Male teachers bring diversity to primary grades
8) Male teacher finds niche in kindergarten class
9) Apply for a National Child Care Teacher Award
10) Conferences – A chance to meet

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1) Malaysian Ministry to recruit more male teachers
The Malaysian Education Ministry will set a quota and take in a stipulated percentage of men every year for teaching posts to address the dearth of male teachers in schools. Education director-general Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom is confident the imposition of a quota will rectify the situation. The New Sunday Times had recently reported that male teachers would be extinct in 20 years if men were not encouraged to join the teaching profession. Read the article: /node/1451

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2) Some education jobs pay women more

It’s a common complaint: men make more than women in the workforce. But while that’s true overall (a recent study showed that full-time working women made 80% of the salary full-time working men made in 2009), it isn’t true for every career. Here are four careers where women bring home more bacon than their male counterparts. All statistics were pulled from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) June 2010 report “Highlights of Women’s Earnings in 2009”. Read the article: /node/1443

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3) The Daddy Day Carers
These young men are pioneers in child care, one of the few professions dominated by women. They have broken down the gender barrier, daily proving their proficiency in looking after children as young as two. They say they have one of the best jobs in the world, and parents at the centre are overwhelmingly happy. But, sadly, there have been occasional whispers and raised eyebrows – evidence there are stereotypes still to be overcome. Read the story: /node/1486

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4) Fall Meeting of New England MenTeach
It’s time for our annual Fall Meeting of MenTeach-New England (Men in early childhood education). It will be at the Smith College Center or Early Childhood Education, Ft. Hill Campus of Smith College, Northampton, MA. We will talk about our activities, share our experiences, make plans. We have invited Dr. Kyle Pruett, MD- child psychiatrist, author on families and fathers. We will share lunch and maybe a few drinking songs and an possible optional visit to the Eric Carle Museum close by. All men (and allies) in early childhood are encouraged and welcomed. Find the contact information: /node/1470

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5) Kindergarten male nanny in China – watch the english video news report

Speaking of kindergarten nannies, the first picture that pops into our heads is usually of those tender, versatile female nannies. But in a kindergarten in Nanjing, a male nanny is doing a great job. This is how Zhang Guoliang spends his day at work, playing games and chanting songs with the kids. Just like any female kindergarten teacher, singing, dancing and playing musical instruments are all his strong points. Zhang has also invented his own English games and children love them. Zhang graduated from college three years ago. From out of his 7 classmates, only Zhang now works as a teacher. He says he derives great pleasure from his job. Watch the news report: /node/1491

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6) Principal successfully recruits black male teachers
At Martin Luther King Elementary School, female teachers outnumber males by almost three to one. In that regard, teachers at the Clayton County school say, MLK is not that different from most schools across the country, where places of learning can seem like female-only clubs. There are signs, however, that the long-standing trend may be changing. Principal Machelle Matthews has made a conscious effort to recruit and retain black male teachers. Matthews, teachers say, has created ‘a climate and culture of success’ not often seen in predominantly African-American schools. Read the rest of the story: /node/1494

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7) It’s elementary, guys: Male teachers bring diversity to primary grades
Kenny Hall has been a teacher for 13 years, all of them at the elementary school level. The Yucaipa instructor has taught first, second and third grades and currently, kindergarten. ‘It’s pretty rewarding to work with little kids, to see all the growth. They’re so excited about all the learning they do,’ said Hall, 36. ‘And for me, education was always a big part of my growing up — education and sports.’ For a man, Hall’s chosen profession is rather unusual. Of the 188 classroom teachers at the elementary level in the Yucaipa-Calimesa school district, Hall is one of 17 men. Read the editorial & the comments: /node/1503

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8) Male teacher finds niche in kindergarten class

When the door opened for Phillip Bledsoe to teach kindergarten at Jamestown Elementary School, he gladly walked through it. In the eight years he has been teaching he has worked with every grade level in elementary school, but definitely likes kindergarten the best. ‘It is their first year of school. If they have a positive experience it will stick with them,’ Bledsoe said. ‘I want them to find out, right off, that learning is fun. I try to make every day enjoyable.’ Go to website: /node/1504

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9) Apply for a National Child Care Teacher Award

The Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation is calling for submissions for the Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL(R) National Child Care Teacher Awards.

The National Child Care Teacher Awards(TM) is an annual awards program open to all child care teachers and home and group home providers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Each of the 50 winners is presented with $1,000: $500 to implement a classroom enhancement project and $500 for personal use. Find the application link: /node/1506

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10) Conferences – A chance to meet
There are numerous opportunities to meet other men (and women) who want more men teaching. In the United States there is an annual conference in November sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – this year is will be in near Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. Read about some of the specific events: http://www.worldforumfoundation.org/wf/men/connect.php

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