MenTeach E-News
September 2012

1) Father-to-be wants to teach
2) International Conference about men in early education in Berlin, Germany
3) Teacher’s Day: 45% of teachers in Indian schools are women
4) Male educators in Grand Forks elementary classrooms
5) More men applying: Meet Donnie Dupree
6) Men in Early Education Fall Gathering in Massachusetts
7) The ‘manny’ admitted to England’s top nanny college
8) United Arab Emerate (UAE) study reveals men turning their backs on teaching
9) Male Teachers Needed to Bring Diversity and Add to the Quality of ECE
10) New report looks at best practices for enhancing the teaching & learning of minority boys in single-sex classrooms

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1) Father-to-be wants to teach
[MenTeach: You can read more about Jonathan and his work as a teacher AND appearance on Good Morning America here.]

I am currently working as an Employment Consultant for the College for Technical Education in Lexington, Ky. I work with the Early Childhood Education department to recruit and career place students once they receive their CDA.

I recruited the first male to the program, his name is William Redd. William is a former graduate of our Building and Trades program. William has a son due any day now. He came to me a few months ago nervous about being a father for the first time. I encouraged him to look into our ECE program. I told him that it would give him a great knowledge base for working with young children. Read the rest of the letter: /node/1997

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2) International Conference about men in early education in Berlin, Germany
Over 20 experts about men in early education have provided an interview in preparation for the The International Conference “Men in Early Childhood Education and Care” on the 27th and 28th of September 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Bryan G. Nelson is quoted: “It’s such a hopeful time for our work recruiting and retaining men to teach. I’ve presented about men teaching across the globe from Columbia, South America to New Zealand and have met amazing men and women changing the field of education and care.” Read about the other experts: /node/1984

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3) Teacher’s Day: 45% of teachers in Indian schools are women

In India, teachers form the third largest workforce among white-collared employees. A point to reflect on Teachers’ Day, Wednesday, is that of the country’s 64 lakh school teachers, 29 lakh are women. The percentage of women teachers in schools has been increasing steadily in recent years. From 43.46% in 2008-09, it rose to 44.83% in 2009-10 and 45.51% in 2010-11. The shift started in the 1990s, when the government launched Operation Blackboard, reserving 50% of jobs in schools for women. R Govinda, vice-chancellor, National University of Education Planning and Administration (NUEPA), said, “This change has been induced because of government policy. Out of every two teachers a school recruits today, one has to be a woman.” Read the article: /node/1999

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4) Male educators in Grand Forks elementary classrooms

Early in his teaching career at Grand Forks’ Ben Franklin Elementary School, Harold Gustafson had a good student he described as “a little Pigpen,” named after the Peanuts character who was always followed by a trail of dust. The boy’s father kept urging him to clean his room, but the boy refused. One weekend, the father moved out. The boy told Gustafson that if he’d only cleaned his room, his father would have stayed. Read the article: /node/2001

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5) More men applying: Meet Donnie Dupree

Donnie Dupree is not your typical elementary school teacher. For starters, he’s male.

Dupree is a first-year kindergarten teacher. He taught in the district last year as a long-term substitute in the first grade and was hired at the end of last year to teach at Israel Putnam School. He’s the district’s only male kindergarten teacher.

“They’re so enthusiastic,” Dupree said about teaching small children. “They’re excited to learn and they want to learn.” Dupree doesn’t mind being the only male kindergarten teacher. He embraces it. According to central office, there are 340 elementary school teachers, of which 34 are men. Dupree isn’t sure why it’s so rare for a man to take on the role.

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6) Men in Early Education Fall Gathering in Massachusetts
Men in Early Education Fall Gathering

Saturday, October 6, 2012
9:30AM-2:00PM

Grove Hall Child Care Center
1295 Blue Hill Ave.
Mattapan, MA. 02126

Stories, sharing Men in Early education
Lunch
Discussion about Fathers and Boys

(including Moms, Girls and Grandparents)

See the announcement: /node/2005

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7) The ‘manny’ admitted to England’s top nanny college
Norland College, an English school famous for producing the country’s finest and most professional nannies, has opened its doors to its first fully matriculated (and second-ever) male student in the campus’ 120-year history. Michael Kenny, 18, will join a class of 48 females at Norland, where he will study to become the first male to complete the education degree course. Read the entire story: /node/2007

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8) United Arab Emerate (UAE) study reveals men turning their backs on teaching
School’s back but without the boys – research reveals males are turning their backs on teaching.

Male Emirati teachers face “prejudice, stereotyping and negative reactions” from friends and family, a study has found.

While female teachers enjoy a high status, men complain they are mocked and told to get a ‘real job’.

The study has been published by researchers at Emirates College for Advanced Education in an effort to find out why there are so few male Emiratis in teaching. Go to website: /node/2009

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9) Male Teachers Needed to Bring Diversity and Add to the Quality of ECE

More men in the early childhood education sector would not only bring a range of benefits for children, but could also lift the quality of early childhood education, improve staff dynamics and encourage fathers to become more involved with their child’s education, a new survey shows.

A more diverse workforce, with men represented as well as women, is seen as being necessary to expand the quality of early childhood education for children and bring different viewpoints and ways of working to the ECE profession and the sector.

The ChildForum Early Childhood Network survey questioned hundreds of people involved with early childhood education services and teacher educators about whether they would like to see more men in the workplace and what benefits or disadvantages that could bring. Read the report: /node/2014

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10) New report looks at best practices for enhancing the teaching & learning of minority boys in single-sex classrooms
Nipissing University, Schulich School of Education, tenured, full professor Dr. Douglas Gosse has released a groundbreaking new study that uncovers optimal teaching and learning approaches and strategies for minority boys, via the implementation of single-sex classrooms.

Canadian boys, as in the USA and abroad, have greater literacy problems than girls. Boys also voice more disengagement with school, account for most suspensions, drop out of school, and commit suicide at significantly greater rates. Minority boys are particularly at risk. The results of this study arise from four weeks of data collection in an inner city school, grades 7-8, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Most of the students are of African, Caribbean, and South Asian immigrant backgrounds, where English is not the primary language at home, and whose families live well below the poverty line. The study, titled “Male Educators’ Perspectives on Best Practices for Enhancing the Teaching & Learning of Minority Boys in Single-Sex Classrooms”, is based on in-school and extracurricular observations, interviews with teachers and the principal, document analysis, and a comprehensive literature review on boys and education from North American, Australian, and British sources. Read the article: /node/2012

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