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1 1 Inviting and welcoming men to teach Bryan G. Nelson MenTeach

2 2 A non-profit clearinghouse for recruiting and retaining men teachers to improve children’s social and academic success.

3 3 Male teachers in your life College & universities High schools Elementary schools Kindergarten Preschool, Head Start, Early education

4 4 Assumptions Children deserve the best teachers - both men AND women. This is not men vs. women - it’s important to focus on what is best for children and families. This is a diversity, gender, social and economic issue that has profound effects on children and society.

5 5 Goal 1.To understand WHERE are the men and that men are IMPORTANT in the lives of young children. 2.To recruit we need to INVITE men to our programs. 3.To retain we need to have a WELCOMING culture.

6 6 My story

7 7 Your mentor teacher Turn to a person next to you. Take turns. Tell a story about your mentor teacher.

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10 10 Where are the men? In 1996, after almost 20 years… Are we there yet?

11 11 National study about men 98% strongly agree or agree – men are important in the lives of young children. There are less than 4% men teachers in our work. 1)Stereotypes – not nurturing 2)Fear of accusation - dangerous 3)Low status and low wages

12 12 Brief history of men teachers Colonial days young men the preferred teacher (Youcha, 1995) 1635 to 1750 almost all of the teachers on town payrolls were men 1750 decreased to 85% 1834 in Massachusetts, 54% teachers men, by 1860 drops to 22 % (Joncich Clifford, 1991)

13 13 Why more women teaching? Co-education. More education. Delayed marriage & child birth. A strategy to help middle class women. Women could be paid less than men.

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15 15 Your invitation Turn to a person next to you. Take turns. Tell a story about how you have been invited or how you successfully invite.

16 16 Three ideas to consider 1.Invite boys & men. 2.Welcome men. Make it friendly. 3.Provide a mentor.

17 17 Teen Girls & Technology “Highlights the need for effective interventions that will empower girls and reframe their use of technology.” “Details the roles that caring adults can play in providing resources and positive experiences that engage girls in deeper technology skills and applications.” “Provides fun learning activities that address girls’ interest in entertainment, school, fashion, animals, healthcare, law, sports, fitness, business, art, design, and writing.”

18 18 Teen Boys & Education “Highlights the need for effective interventions that will empower boys and reframe their ability to nurture and care.” “Details the roles that caring adults can play in providing resources and positive experiences that engage boys in deeper nurturing skills and education.” “Provides fun learning activities that address boys’ interest in roughousing, building, dinosaurs, science, explosions, videogaming, mechanics, play, fun, and sports teams.”

19 19 The challenges for boys Studies show that boys receive most of the `D´ and `F´ grades; Create 80 percent of classroom discipline problems; Account for 80 percent of high school dropouts; Make up less than 44 percent of the college population; Boys are EXPELLED from Preschool 4.5 times more than girls.

20 20 Welcome boys & men Don’t forget my assumptions: It’s not about boys versus girls Let’s avoid stereotypes BUT let’s NOT ignore some of the differences. If your program is boy-friendly, it will be father-friendly, and if it is father friendly it will welcome male teachers. AND girls will benefit. Center director and football

21 21 Some US programs Call Me Mister - Lemuel Watson Louisville, Bowie, Armstrong Leadership Programs - Maurice Sykes Teach for America The New Teacher Project Troops to Teachers Breakthrough Collaborative

22 22 Breakthrough Collablorative In 2007, 256 male teachers or 36% 72% go on to teach (tenative results) Serve 2,500 children - 50% boys Of the male teachers: European American9638% African American4417% Asian American3815% Latino2510% Multiracial114%

23 23 David Giveans Ed Greene ? Others Mentors of the movement

24 24 Articles from conference MenTeac h

25 25 How to make your program friendly and inviting Bryan G. Nelson MenTeach

26 26 Some world programs United Kingdom Belgium, Germany Norway, Sweden Canada Australia & New Zealand Resources and more stories: MenTeac h

27 27 Wrap around to succeed To make men feel welcome at a university or college: 1.One-to-one mentor 2.Work with children right away 3.Don’t call it a support group 4.Financial incentive (stipend) 5.Culturally relevent

28 28 Culture of your program What is it to be male/female? What is the culture of a classroom? Not ignore differences Rating scale modified - Gregory Uba Meet in small groups to help What is appropriate? What needs to be changed?

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