2018 MENu Conference: Male Educators on the Fringe

Conference theme:

Following the great success of the inaugural MENu conference in 2017, the theme of MENu 2018 will be ‘Male Educators on the Fringe’. With national workforce figures around 3%, male early childhood educators are truly sitting on the fringe of the early education and care sector. In many other fields of employment where similarly low diversity figures exist, there have been strategic and concerted efforts made to try and bring some balance to the workforce. In the field of early education and care, however there are a number of societal factors that impact on male involvement, and a simple quota or scholarship scheme is not the answer. With the Adelaide Fringe opening at the same time as this conference, the theme of this event is a celebration of the fringe work of the many male educators who are leading the way for greater awareness and activism around a gender diverse Early Childhood workforce.

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Our Presenters:

Dr Martyn Mills-Bayne, Lecturer at the University of South Australia: School of Education

Dr Martyn Mills-Bayne is a lecturer in Early Childhood Education at the Magill campus of the University of South Australia. His doctoral research explored the use of the Community of Inquiry pedagogical approach to foster young children’s empathic reasoning in primary schools.Martyn is the coordinator of the MENtor program for Males in Early Childhood which he created to support those rare men who choose to study and work in Early Childhood settings. Through this innovative program Martyn supports and builds networks for male educators internationally and across Australia and advocates for a more gender diverse ECE workforce.

Ben Jackson

Ben Jackson is an Award winning Educator and Advocate of equality for the entire profession. Currently working across multiple consulting brands to achieve an awareness of key issues facing our sector. Ben is the primary administrator for 'MANscaping the male Educator' and Males in Early Childhood Education social media pages and balances his extracurricular activism whilst continuing to work full time in order to maintain relevance for his platform, goals and objectives. He additionally has committed to continuing with his studies in order to further validate his place within the Education community as an upcoming talent.

Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney, University of South Australia: School of Education

Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney has worked in Aboriginal Education for over 20 years. His previous appointment was the Dean Indigenous Education at the University of Adelaide.Past positions include Director of Wirltu Yarlu Aboriginal Education and the Director of the Yunggorendi First Nations Centre at Flinders University. He has a Doctorate PhD by Research and is a Professor of Education. In 2011 he won the National Aboriginal scholar of the Year NAIDOC. In the same year he was appointed by the Australian Government Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth, The Hon Peter Garrett to the First Peoples Education Advisory Group that advises on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early childhood and school education. In 2011 he was appointed by the same Minister Australian Ambassador for Aboriginal Education. In 2009 he received an honorary United Nations award from the Australian Chapter for his work on Indigenous Education.

Dr Vaughan Cruickshank, University of Tasmania

Dr Vaughan Cruickshank is a Lecturer in Health and Physical Education (HPE) and is currently Course Coordinator of the BEd(HPE) and BEd(Science/Maths) programs. He teaches a variety of practical and theoretical subjects to predominantly BEd(HPE) students and is also closely involved in the BEd(HPE) and BEd(Science/Maths) Professional Experience programs. Vaughan’s research interests include the challenges faced by male primary teachers, student centred approaches to HPE teaching, and the potential use of technology to enhance HPE teaching

Molly Rhodin, Down to Earth Practical Solutions

Molly Rhodin is a coach, a leader, a thinker, a super-creative teacher and a mentor to many in early childhood education for almost 30 years. There's nothing she likes more than to conquer an impossible challenge and make it fun along the way.Her inventive approach to training and outstanding results have earned her a place in the hearts and minds of early childhood educators all over Australia..


Saturday 17 February 2018

9:00am - 4:30pm

University of South Australia

City West Campus

Adelaide, SA 5001

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