September 2016

Dear friends,

Welcome to the second edition of The Compass, the quarterly newsletter of the International Boys' Schools Coalition. As together we champion boys' education worldwide, we hope the resources below will guide you on your journey to discover best learning practices to unlock the potential of every boy. Additionally please find more tools on our website, including complete details on applying for the 2017-18 IBSC Action Research Program focusing on Adaptability in a Changing World; the new Education Headlines page featuring media stories of interest to boys' educators; the Why a  School for Boys? brochure to share with your community; and exclusive resources in the Member Portal

Best of luck to everyone in the new school year!



David M. Armstrong
Executive Director, IBSC


Character Education in Schools for Boys

In June 2016, the IBSC Board of Directors approved Character Education in Schools for Boys, a research project that will culminate in a wide-ranging report to the IBSC membership. Learning how to navigate change and complexity with a strong moral compass, building character strengths such as perseverance and grit, and understanding one's self and purpose for others are fundamental for boys' well-being as they make the journey to manhood. About 25-30 IBSC member schools will participate in this two-year project, which starts this month and concludes in June 2018. The IBSC has contracted with CIRCLE - the Centre for Innovation, Research, Creativity, and Leadership in Education to conduct this in-depth research.

Learn more.

Action Research Reports: Boys as Global Citizens

The 2015-16 IBSC Action Research team has released the top nine action research reports, available exclusively to IBSC members. As the forces of information and communication continue to shrink the world economically, socially, and culturally, the imperative to develop in young people the knowledge and skills to become active and articulate global citizens has become a top priority for educators. The 2015-16 Action Research Team conducted cutting-edge research on the topic of Boys as Global Citizens. More than 50 boys' school educators engaged in months of online discussion and research, along with face-to-face meetings in Cape Town, South Africa, and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, at the 2015 and 2016 IBSC Annual Conferences.


Download the reports now.



BGIN: Boys' Global Inspiration Network Launches in January


Today educators face myriad complicated challenges, issues, and dilemmas: global citizenship, health and wellness, classroom innovation, student and faculty leadership, student agency, assessment strategies, best practices for teaching boys, and more. What if we could connect boys' school educators worldwide to develop shared understandings about some of these key themes and issues? The Boys' Global Inspiration Network (BGIN) aims to create spaces for conversations and connections to wrestle with key questions and challenges of our time from a boys' school and a global perspective.

Learn more and register.

2017 IBSC Annual Conference

Save the date! Join more than 600 boys' educators, colleagues, and friends 25-28 June for the 2017 IBSC Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. The Boys' Latin School of Maryland will host our delegates as together we explore the theme Beyond Innovation: Creativity, Discovery, and Engagement.


Get more details.

Developing Boys as Global Citizens


Thank you for making the 2016 IBSC Annual Conference an outstanding success! Traveling from around the globe, nearly 600 delegates attended the conference hosted by St. George's School in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. From 26-29 June, educators representing 13 countries assembled to learn, discuss, and collaborate on how to develop Boys as Global Citizens. Discover some of the information and research shared, now archived on the IBSC website.


Learn more.

Making Headlines

Helping Our School-Age Children Sleep Better
By Perri Klass, MD
The New York Times
But sleep problems are common among preschool and school-age children, too. As we ask children to function in school, academically and socially, fatigue can affect their achievement and behavior.

In Defense of Play
By Alison Gopnik
The Atlantic
The "elaborate detour" of having fun pays cognitive dividends... The fundamental paradox of play is that in order to be able to reach a variety of new goals in the long run, you have to actively turn away from goal seeking in the short run.

Why Punishment Won't Stop a Bully
By Alfie Kohn
Education Week
Decades' worth of research shows that punishment-even when it doesn't include physical force-promotes aggression... The key is to "restructure the social environment"-the entire school culture.

Read more news stories impacting boys' education at our brand new Education Headlines page.

Upcoming Events

Helping Boys Cope with a Rapidly Changing World
Eton College

Windsor, United Kingdom
27 September 2016
Get more details.


Teachers New to Boys' Schools Conference
The Roxbury Latin School
West Roxbury, Massachusetts, United States

27-29 October 2016

Get more details.

2016 Conference on Coordinate Education

Presented by NCGS and IBSC

St. Paul's School for Girls and St. Paul's School

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

20-21 October 2016

Get more details.

Teachers New to Boys' Schools Conference
The Scots College
Sydney, Australia
12-13 April 2017

Get more details.

Online Class

Building Leadership:
A Course in Leadership Development for Current and Aspiring Boys' School Administrators

17 October - 11 November 2016

Current and aspiring leaders, join a cohort of fellow boys' school educators to develop your leadership capacity as well as boost team leadership within your school. Delve into the unique mission, expertise, and culture of boys' schools in relation to the challenges and opportunities for effective leadership. Engage in the online course on your own, flexible timetable. You choose when to complete the four hours of weekly coursework to fit your schedule best.


Get more details.

Welcome, New Members!

Beechen Cliff School
Bath, United Kingdom


De Smet Jesuit High School
St. Louis, Missouri, United States

King Edward's School

Birmingham, United Kingdom


LEAF Academy
Bratislava, Slovakia

Member Story:
We Educate the Whole Boy

Watch this YouTube video to learn how Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart in Princeton, New Jersey, United States, educates boys in mind, body, and spirit. The school strives to bring out the best in its students, boys in kindergarten through grade eight.

We're designing a special web page to highlight the many wonderful ways IBSC schools champion boys' education around the globe. Please send a link to showcasing an innovative idea, program, or event that makes your school special. Links to videos, web pages, presentations, or other media welcome. Thank you.

Get the IBSC Member Logo

The IBSC welcomes member schools, corporate members, and sponsors to highlight your IBSC membership on your website with a member logo. Email to get your logo today.


Learn more.

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