The conference is aimed chiefly at both young teachers and more experienced teachers who are in their first or early years teaching in boys’ schools at all division levels. In addition to keynote speakers, there will be meetings at the division levels to reflect on key idea and breakout sessions on key topics and issues in teaching boys.
We believe that the conference will be remarkably stimulating. Importantly, it will provide a safe place to explore concerns, challenges and successes in teaching boys. We hope that teachers attending the conference will feel affirmed in their calling, informed by the program, and energised in their work.
The conference brochure provides all the details about the program and schedule, along with the link to register.
Cost: $500 that includes accommodation at The Scots College in a boarding house if desired.
Registration: To book a place at the IBSC Teachers New to Boys’ School Conference, please visit www.trybooking.com/76657.
The application deadline was December 1, 2013. Participants will be selected by December 15, 2013.
Consideration may be given to a late application — please send an email to Brad Adams, email@example.com, about the possibility of making a late application.
Action Research 2012-13: Boys Learning Creatively Through Digital Technologies
It is broadly acknowledged that the use of digital technologies can foster creativity by enabling users to think and act in ways that have been previously inaccessible or non-existent. These technologies encourage individuals and groups to build and share knowledge in ways that support exploration, play, risk- taking, collaboration and reflection.
Research also supports the special role that digital technologies can play in the engagement and motivation of boys in their learning.
So how might teachers utilize digital technologies in the classroom, and how might they evaluate the effect of this use on boys' learning?
Over a 12-month period of action, the members of this IBSC action research team conducted action research projects within their schools to reflect on, and evaluate, how digital tools can foster boys' creativity.
The action research teams embarked on on-line discussion and orientation in February, 2012 and met for training before the IBSC annual conference in Melbourne, Australia. Research, analysis and writing -- fostered by on-line collaboration and guided by the research coordinator and team leaders -- took place during 2012/13. The teams met before the IBSC conference in Richmond, VA, June 30-July 3, and presented their findings in workshops and in poster displays during the conference.
Sunday, June 30 to Wednesday, July 3, 2013 St. Christopher's School, Richmond, Virginia, USA
The Conference Archive has been published and includes links to the Conference Program, Mastery Workshop Resources, and INSPIRE Session Materials. Links to the Conference Photo Gallery are also posted there..
, Brother to Brother: Looking In, Reaching Out, was the launching pad to help focus an exploration of best practices for teaching boys now -- at this particular time in history, in this rapidly changing world we all share. Topics and themes woven through the conference program included: social and emotional learning; character education; mentoring and leadership initiatives; local and global action and service learning; spirituality; and team work and collaboration.
Information on IBSC Action Research, 2013‐14: Boys and Character Education
For the 2013–14 round of research, the topic is Boys and Character Education. Please consult the IBSC Action Research 2013–14 Information Sheet for full details about the topic. Selected applicants will begin on-line preparation and orientation in February, and will attend a two-day training workshop beginning June 28, 2013, prior to the IBSC annual conference in Richmond, Virginia. Other expectations and requirements are spelled out in the Information Sheet.
Since its beginning six years ago, the IBSC Action Research program has grown from strength to strength, and is a recognized leader in action research on boys’ education on a global scale. Many participants – both young and veteran teachers – have told us that the experience has been transformational for their professional growth and for their schools. More information is posted in the Action Research section of our websitee.
The application deadline has now passed, and the Action Research Team has been selected. Consideration may be given to a late application, in extenuating circumstances. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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The eight action research reports presented here represent an extension of previous research undertaken on behalf of the IBSC by Michael Reichert and Richard Hawley. In their report to the IBSC, Teaching Boys: A Global Study of Effective Practices (2009), and subsequent publication, Reaching Boys, Teaching Boys: Strategies that Work – and Why (2010), Reichert and Hawley debunk the myth that boys are resistant to schooling. Their large-scale, worldwide study of boys and their teachers emphatically reveals that boys want to succeed at school, and that a significant part of leading them to such success is the forging of positive student-teacher relationships. To complement their findings, Reichert and Hawley provide teachers with a comprehensive toolkit of strategies that work effectively with boys. It is a selection of these strategies that the 2011–2012 IBSC action researchers investigated, implemented and evaluated within their own classrooms, under the research theme, Teaching boys at the coal face: Mining key pedagogical approaches.
During the course of this two-year research project involving 20 schools around the world, Dr. Cox conducted interviews with groups of boys, met with teachers, and made presentations to parents. He listened carefully to boys’ voices, and followed the thread of their thoughts. What emerged was a cluster of “dimensions of significance” where boys find value and meaning – Becoming Myself, Belonging and Influence, Pragmatic Transcendence, “Real-Time” Achievement, and Origins and Traditions.
For boys’ schools, there is much in the report that will both affirm and challenge. These “dimensions of significance” will also give us, we hope, a new lens to sharpen the focus of our work with boys. The report includes a concluding chapter with recommendations – directive without being prescriptive – that should inspire rich discussion.
Locating Significance in the Lives of Boys is available in the following ways:
have free access to the publication, and are granted permission to use and distribute the report in any form within their school community. 2. Non-IBSC members may purchase a single eBook with rights for one copy. Please note that the IBSC asserts copyright, and all rights are reserved. For those who are not members of the IBSC, the report may be used and downloaded only for personal and non-commercial use.
Reaching Boys, Teaching Boys: Strategies that Work –and Why
Michael Reichert and Richard Hawley Jossey-Bass
The International Boys’ Schools Coalition is delighted to announce the publication of Reaching Boys, Teaching Boys, based on the IBSC research project, Teaching Boys: A Global Study of Effective Practiceses.
Challenging the widely held cultural impression that boys are stubbornly resistant to schooling, Reaching Boys, Teaching Boys features more than 100 detailed examples of classroom activities—along with real-world teaching techniques—that have proven effective with male students.
Based on a wide-ranging, worldwide study of more than 1,500 boys and 1,000 teachers, Reichert and Hawley reveal what boys need in order to want to succeed in school and offer tips for forging successful relationships with boys. Woven throughout the book is moving testimony from both boys and teachers that validates the effectiveness of these lessons.
Action Research in Boys' Schools, 2009–10 Ready, Willing, and Able: Boys and Writing
How can we help boys become prolific, powerful and confident writers?A team of 22 teachers from Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Canada, South Africa, the UK and the US worked on a variety of exciting projects during 2009-10.
A number of clear themes are evident in the two volumes of Ready, Willing, and Able: Boys and Writing. The first theme focused on the ways in which Web 2.0 applications such as wikis, discussion boards and blogs can change the way boys feel about writing tasks. A second theme highlighted the importance of audience and feedback for boy writers. The third theme relates to the use of a variety of prompts and stimuli to encourage boys to write, whilst the final area of focus examined the value of collaborative projects in engaging boys in the writing process.
These reports are a treasure-trove of ideas for motivating boy writers, and a celebration of the unique power of action research to generate reflection and change in teaching practice – to the betterment of boys’ education everywhere.
Teaching Boys: A Global Study of Effective Practicesesis the result of this unique world-wide collaboration. Writers are Dr. Michael Reichert, Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Boys' and Girls’ Lives at the University of Pennsylvania, USA and Dr. Richard Hawley, retired Headmaster of University School, Ohio, USA.
The report affirms and celebrates what teachers in boys’ schools do every day, and will generate vigorous discussion and reflection. It extends, often in imaginative ways, the range of effective pedagogy for boys, and signposts new paths for further thinking and research about boys’ achievement and motivation. No simple recipe book, the report invites the reader to listen to and engage in a vibrant conversation about teaching geared to boys.
Teaching Boys: A Global Study of Effective Practices is available in the following ways:
1. IBSC Members have free access to the publication, and are granted permission to use and distribute the report in any form within their school community. 2. Non-IBSC members may purchase a single eBook with rights for one copy. Please note that the IBSC asserts copyright, and all rights are reserved. For those who are not members of the IBSC, the report may be used and downloaded only for personal and non-commercial use.
More details, including IBSC member access to the publication and non-member ordering information is available on the Teaching Boys web page.
Journeys into Masculinity: the 2008–09
Action Research Report
The reports offer deep insights into the challenges that face boys on their journey into manhood and illustrate the great opportunities that boys’ schools have to assist them in coming to grips with complex and sensitive constructs such as masculinity.y.
Positive Relationships, Positive Learning: 2007/8 IBSC Action Research Report
This collection of reports is the culmination of the creative and inspired work of five educators in the IBSC action research programme for 2007–8. They met at the 14th annual IBSC conference at The Roxbury Latin School, worked on their projects during the year, and presented their findings at the 15th annual IBSC conference in Toronto.o.
Positive Relationships, Positive Learning is grounded in two principles. Boys learn best in empathy-rich classrooms. And nurturing boys’ social-emotional competency is central to our mission as schools for boys.
For front-line teachers and school leaders alike, the journeys recounted here provide compelling testimony of the power of action research to spark professional growth and school change.e.
We are grateful to these educators for giving us such a privileged glimpse into the vitality and vibrancy of their schools. And special thanks to Di Laycock, coordinator of the program, for her leadership.
The International Boys’ Schools Coalition is eager to help all member schools who might have positions to be filled.