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2017 IBSC Annual Conference

The Boys' Latin School of Maryland
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
25 – 28 June 2017


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Workshop Block 5

Wednesday, 28 June 2017, 9:30 – 10:30 AM

15 Phun Physics Activities in 60 Minutes

Track: Discovery
Room: 122
Appeals to:
Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
Learn simple, inexpensive, and attention-getting demonstrations and lab activities you can do with household materials. Engage in at least one activity from start to finish. See how the activities relate to the physics and math classrooms. Take back to school a packet of instructions for all 15 activities.
Presenters: Diane Rodriguez, The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland (United States)

Athena Makhanitis to Angela Merkel: Developing Female Leaders in Boys' Schools

Track: Engagement
Room: 230
Appeals to: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Hear teachers and leaders from three different levels of leadership present pitfalls, best practices, and snapshots from their own experiences in fostering, developing, and reflecting on leadership opportunities for women in boys’ schools.
Presenters: Dave Faus, Susan Kearney, Elena Pavlovski, and Christy Fairman, St. Paul's School (United States)

BUILD (Boys Using Innovation to Learn and Design) Across the Curriculum

Track: Engagement
Room: 106
Appeals to: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12)
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
Do you seek ideas to engage your boys in innovation and design? Get ready to come BUILD (Boys Using Innovation to Learn and Design) with us! Delve into ideas on how we use BUILD lessons within our K-5 classrooms to encourage creativity, collaboration, and intellectual risk taking across all areas of the curriculum.
Presenters: Meredith Traynham and Amy Buerlein, St. Christopher's School (United States)

Workshop Materials: Engineering Across Curriculums

Can You Speak Boy? Creating and Promoting a Culture of Classroom Engagement

Track: Engagement
Room: Library
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
As female leaders, “girl” is our first language. Why is it important that we learn to speak “boy”? How does an understanding of research into boys’ education guide our classroom practice and student outcomes? Discover how to maximize the engagement of boys in the classroom using the research-based Cultures of Thinking philosophy from Project Zero at Harvard.
Presenter: Kylie Bowra, St. Augustine's College (Australia)

Engaging Staff in Professional Development Through a Coaching Approach

Track: Engagement
Room: 229
Appeals to: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12), Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
Teachers improving their instructional practice drives positive student learning outcomes in boys’ schools. Discover how the latest research on instructional coaching for teachers can enhance practice with a coaching conversation. Examine the Growth Coaching model for Professional Learning Teams that illustrates how coaching improves collaborative practice.
Presenters: Raelene Plozza and Joanne Davies, Brighton Grammar School (Australia)

Fueling Creativity in the English Classroom with Divergent Thinking

Track: Creativity
Room: 234
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Divergent classroom strategies can reignite a sense of wonder and awe in teaching English. Use Ways into Literature to make learning more relevant and absorbing. Develop an inquiry-based feedback system to encourage an open-ended approach for evaluating work and progress and manage preconceived "failure" in creative activities. Refuel your passion!
Presenter: Carolyn van Zuydam, Hilton College (South Africa)

Google Driving: Increasing Boys’ Engagement in Literacy with Google Read&Write

Track: Engagement
Room: 236
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
Using inspiration from a task-to-tool model, discover a creative approach to engage students in literacy development using innovative software. By leveraging peer learning, teachers direct students through the development of Google Read&Write software tutorials. Learn how to enhance boys’ engagement and literacy skills with new assistive technology.
Presenters: Kathryn Barnes and Jon Choptiany, Upper Canada College (Canada)

Workshop Handout: Google Driving

The Power of Connection

Track: Engagement
Room: 001
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
Strong teacher-student relationships grounded in trust form the basis of the Eagle Model approach to the academic and behavioral success of boys of color across our network of six schools. Learn from our model and get empowered to identify effective practices when working with young men of color in and out of the classroom.
Presenters: Elizabeth Almonte and Lakia Washington, Eagle Academy Foundation (United States)

The Professional Learning Community: Theory to Practice

Track: Engagement
Room: 238
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
The development of a school's professional learning community (PLC) enhances the professional status of participating teachers and administrators, effectively boosting the levels of student learning and academic achievement. Discover initiatives your school can implement to promote continuous improvement and innovation among staff and students via a robust PLC.
Presenter: Richard Courtice, Anglican Church Grammar School (Australia)

Realigning Senior School Structures for 21st Century Learning

Track: Engagement
Room: 140
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Schools have been organized for a different philosophical understanding of teaching and learning. Our rich history of teaching and learning now faces the challenge to redefine excellence in the 21st century. Discuss how we can realign school structures like timetable, leadership, learning environments, and assessment to create more opportunities for boys for engagement, creativity, and discovery.
Presenters: Sam Johnston and Gary Kern, St. George's School (Canada)

Workshop Presentation: Realigning Senior School Structures for 21st Century Learning

Sing Like a Team: Teaching Mind, Body, and Spirit Through Young Choral Ensembles

Track: Engagement
Room: 018
Appeals to: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12), Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
The mission of Gilman School is to educate boys through “mind, body, and spirit.” What better way to access all three of these domains than through the choral ensemble? Hear the chorus from Gilman demonstrate how students use an intensive warm-up technique and Kodaly training to demonstrate their commitment to mind, body, and spirit.
Presenter: Amy Cyman, Gilman School (United States)

Skip, Flip, Engage

Track: Engagement
Room: 138
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
By 2012, my students could no longer sit still for a 15-minute lecture. Was this the first wave of digital natives crashing upon the shores of our schools? Explore my journey from conception to the classroom to discover how and why flipping your classroom benefits both you and your students in so many clear ways.
Presenter: Steven Micciche, Landon School (United States)

Sports Science, Research, and Holistic Development: Beyond Muscular Christianity

Track: Engagement
Room: 338
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
Explore the early findings of our Mind, Body, Heart program, which uses a dynamic sports science research approach to identify and develop boys’ physical, mental, and affective capabilities. Find out how boys can engage in the research process using their own developmental data, and how this contributes to the holistic formation mission of a Christian school.
Presenters: Hugh Chilton, Ian Lambert, Graham Pattison, and Daniel Markham, The Scots College (Australia)

The Unexamined Life

Track: Discovery
Room: 240
Appeals to: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
In a subversion of Socratic wisdom, the unexamined life is the life most worth living for boys in our schools. But how can we motivate them without the framework of internal assessment or external examination? Focus on strategies to encourage reading for pleasure, to take boys beyond the confines of any syllabus, and to structure and promote unexamined programs of study.
Presenter: Alastair Chirnside, Harrow School (United Kingdom)

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