December 2016

Dear friends,


As another busy year draws to a close, we thank you for your steadfast devotion to educating boys around the globe. We hope each issue of The Compass improves your efforts and sparks creativity and caring. In addition to the resources you'll find below, IBSC recently teamed with NAIS and NCGS for a webinar on supporting transgender students in our schools. Watch for more information on this developing topic next year. Also, IBSC starts the new year with a new address in La Jolla, California, United States, as well as new banking information (find details below).

Safe and joyful wishes to our friends worldwide who go on break soon. Best of luck to everyone in 2017!


David M. Armstrong
Executive Director, IBSC


Research Report: Relational Teaching with Primary and Junior Boys

In November, IBSC published a new research report available exclusively to member schools and the communities they serve. Based on research conducted at diverse schools in three different countries led by Michael Reichert and a team of experts, Relational Teaching with Primary and Junior Boys identifies the features of successful relational strategies employed by teachers. The teacher-student relationship is a necessary condition for successfully engaging boys in learning – the research on adolescent and younger boys proves it. Find out what works for teachers, students, and parents, as well as factors to avoid that can lead to breakdowns.

Download the report now.


IBSC Strategic Plan

At the heart of our work together, we strive to guide boys on the journey to manhood for lives of achievement and fulfillment, compassion and justice, and service and leadership. In October, the IBSC Board of Trustees approved a new Strategic Plan that outlines what we as an organization aim to accomplish in the next three years. The plan also reaffirms our mission, vision, and key values and principles. 

Download the plan now.

IBSC Board of Trustees:

Who We Are and What We Do


The IBSC Board of Trustees consists of a diverse group of global educators with varying areas of expertise and professional experience. With 25 individual trustees from member schools worldwide, the Board formulates the policies for the organization. We encourage you to get to know the trustees, especially the trustees from your region of the world, and share any ideas or questions you may have. Through constant communications and idea sharing, we seek to build community and strengthen boys' education around the globe.


Learn more.

2017 IBSC Annual Conference

Registration is now open! 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.


Share your expertise with colleagues. There's still time to submit a workshop proposal by 15 December 2016.


Get more details.

Making Headlines

Why Empathy Holds the Key to Transforming 21st Century Learning
Thom Markham
KQED Mind/Shift
Empathy has the potential to open up students to deeper learning, drive clarity of thinking, and inspire engagement with the world—in other words, provide the emotional sustenance for outstanding human performance

Single-Sex Schools in a Gender-Neutral World
Fiona McKenzie Johnston
They might seem like the most old-fashioned of educational establishments, but many are leading the way in providing a safe environment for transitioning teens.

How to Raise Creative Children
Adam Grant
The Atlantic
Creative children are the inventors and visionaries of the future; scientists with artistic hobbies, for example, are much more likely to win a Nobel Prize than their peers.

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

Upcoming Events

Character Education Conference:
Pillars of Character in Boys' Schools

Montgomery Bell Academy
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
27-28 January 2017
Get more details. 

Teachers New to Boys' Schools Conference
The Scots College
Sydney, Australia

12-13 April 2017
Get more details. 

The Family-School Relationship:
An Examination and Study of Differing Methodologies

Viaró Global School
Barcelona, Spain
10 March 2017
Get more details. 


Enhancing the Lives of Boys Through the Arts
Selwyn House School
Montréal, Quebec, Canada
4-6 May 2017
Get more details. 

One Schoolhouse Events


Boys' Global Inspiration Network 

January - July 2017


Today educators face 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. The Boys' Global Inspiration Network (BGIN) connects boys' school educators worldwide to engage in conversations to wrestle with these challenges from a boys' school and global perspective. It's fueled by the belief that boys' schools are at their best when they work together to tackle complex challenges – boys' school educators inspiring each other. Register by 15 December.

Get more details.


Welcome New Members!

Colegio Alborada
Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), Spain


First Republic Bank
San Francisco, California, United States


Penrith Anglican College
Orchard Hills, NSW, Australia

Saint Dominic School for Boys
Memphis, Tennessee, United States

Selborne College
East London, South Africa

Angela Walker
Denver, Colorado, United States


Young Men's Leadership Academy
Jacksonville, Florida, United States

Member Story:

Insightful Leadership in Education

Find out how The Scots College in Sydney, Australia, has been developing its Research Centre, collaborating with schools, universities, and industry for innovation in boys' education. The day and boarding school uses the insightful research to serve its boys in early years to year 12.

Glimpse the many wonderful ways IBSC schools champion boys' education around the globe at our Member School Stories web page. We'd like to highlight your school, too. 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.

New IBSC Address and Bank Info

The IBSC starts 2017 with a new address.


PO Box 3165
La Jolla, CA 92038
United States


Plus, we also have a new bank. Members, please access our new bank account information on this special members-only web page.


You can still reach us at any time at

Learn more.


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