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July 18, 2016

Call Me Mister: A Brighter Future for Male Teachers

Filed under: Education — William Jackson @ 07:46

Call Me Mister: A Brighter Future for Male Teachers
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
Edward Waters College
Call Me Mister Instructor and Advisor
“Teamwork Makes The Dream Work!!” Call Me Mister


Video modified to comply with copyright standards
for recording for the Call Me Mister Leadership

The “Call Me Mister” program started at Clemson
University 15 years ago, created from a mission and
vision to inspire men of diverse cultural backgrounds
to enter into education. To be the educators that
children of color and culture and diverse backgrounds
need to see to inspire educational success, cultural
pride, civic responsibility, personal value for education
and seeing that someone in the role of a male values
them for who they are.

This is not to say the vast majority of women are not
educating and creating successes in students, but
there is a need for male teachers to model for male
and female students, especially those students of
color and culture. Teaching the necessary skills to
learn valuable concepts, adapt to the educational
environments of schools, helping students to rise to
levels of realistic goals in classrooms, and for teachers
to inspire students to look beyond sports and
entertainment as careers.

To fill the void that has been growing as the profession
of education has seen fewer and fewer male educators,
especially African American educators. Programs like
“Call Me Mister” are important to youth especially
in early childhood education and elementary education
that need to see positive male role models.

Men do make a difference in classrooms as teachers,
not just as administrators and support persons.
Founded at Clemson University with only three institutions,
the “Call Me Mister” program has grown to involving
over 31 higher educational institutions not just from
South Carolina, including Florida, Georgia, North Carolina,
and a growing interest in other states to participate.

Nationally the presence of male teachers is either not
present or very few. This creates a gap for the growing
numbers of children of color and culture. The lack of
male educators of any color or culture creates a “gap
in the bookshelf” of learning for students
(a term borrowed from Chinua Achebe).
In too many cases children of color and culture do not have
the positive role models that are needed to model the value
of education. To set high expectations for academic and
even behavioral success.

To teach young men how to be respectful to women, why
education is important to their future, teaching male and
female students that they can have professional career
options outside of what they only see in their communities.
Boys and girls of color and culture are missing out on the
lessons that male teachers not just African American, but
Latino, white and other cultures that provide a wealth of
cultural knowledge and tradition to help children understand
their place is anywhere they want to go and they can achieve
anything they want to achieve with education. The capacity
to succeed in a world rich in technology and diversity.

The annual “Call Me Mister” Leadership Institute is designed
to support the pre and post intern service teachers to assist
and guide them to graduation and beyond. The leadership
institute is an engaged and interactive opportunity for
experienced teachers to share experiences, best practices,
ideas, and networking so that there is an atmosphere of
brotherhood, unity and professional solidarity to build
capable and competent educators.

The young men of “Call Me Mister” are encouraged to take
advantage of opportunities to communicate and interact
with seasoned and experienced educators and administrators.
The motto: “Teamwork Makes The Dream Work!!” is a
clarion call for those in attendance to assist each other to
be the best educators they can be. Not to feel they are
alone, they are part of something bigger than they are
to help grow and develop to be the best educational
professionals they can be.

This year’s theme: “Building on the Foundation”
headed by Roy I. Jones, Ed.D, Director and workshops
provided by educational professional’s national and
international success. Each year young men attending
colleges like Edward Waters, South Carolina State College,
Jackson State University and others.

The host and home of “Call Me Mister,” Clemson University
works tirelessly to make sure the young men that have
decided to become educators have the necessary tools
to meet the challenges that educators face. South Carolina
is growing stronger as it adds men teachers and as
these Mister’s learn and grow their positive and supportive
efforts show that men do and are making positive
contributions in education.

“Teamwork Makes The Dream Work!!”

is truly embraced because no one can be a successful
educator without support, guidance, and a passion
to work with children.
Video of “Call Me Mister” Leadership Institute:

“Call Me Mister” resources can be found at:
Twitter #CMMLI16 @CallMeMister

Phone: Toll-free: 1-800-640-2657
203 Holtzendorff
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634


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