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2017 IBSC Annual Conference

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


Review Conference Program Booklet (9 MB pdf)

Discovery

Workshops that will lead you to discover!

Discovery is the spirit of exploration which led Baltimoreans to light the night in gas lamps and to explore the skies in the Hubble Space Telescope developed through Johns Hopkins University. So too, discovery is that same spirit of exploration that allows boys to approach the world with a spirit of wonder and awe, seeking greater connectedness and deeper understanding.

BLOCK 1 - Monday, 26 June 2017, 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Boys Discovering Their World Through Current Events

Room: 238
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
The study of current events is one way students can build cultural competency. Find out how a music teacher and a social studies teacher developed a cross-curricular project they undertook with their eighth graders, including samples of student work and practical advice for classroom implementation.
Workshop Handout: Boys Discovering Current Events
Presenters: Katherine Willow and Nathan Burch, University School (United States)

Girls

Room: 338
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
How do we create a thriving, healthy, socially-aware coed culture at an all-boys school? Explore this challenge through discussion and case-specific exercises highlighting the many ways we try to develop our boys socially beyond the occasional dance or mixer. Expect a candid look at everything from pep rallies to gender violence.
Presenters: Robert Bires, Tim Chakwin, and Debbie Lifsey, The McCallie School (United States)

Heritage and Innovation: Why Great Boys' Schools Champion Faith and Tradition

Room: 18
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Most boys’ schools were established within deep traditions — religious, scholarly, cultural — and with particular purposes that reflected their place and time. Yet so often these foundations have little relation to the school’s direction. Hear how three large boys’ schools have developed a distinctive identity as the basis for innovation, and discover the power of your own school’s unique story.
Workshop Materials
Presenters: Hugh Chilton and Ian Lambert, The Scots College (Australia); Timothy Wright, Sydney Church of England Grammar School (Shore) (Australia); Jim Hawkins, Harrow School (United Kingdom)

The Inner and Outer Work: Promoting Discovery Through Meditation and Philosophy Room: 240

Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
How often in a school do we get to talk about the really important things in life? How often do we get to discuss the nature of courage or forgiveness? In this fast-paced world, how can we find rest, embrace stillness, and experience quietude? How can we help boys find peace and balance in their lives? Find out how to deliver philosophy and mindfulness to your boys.
Presenter: Richard Fletcher, St. James Senior Boys' School (England)

Mentoring Teens: Trends, Goals, and Best Practices

Room: 332
Appeals to: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12)
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
Analyze social and developmental trends during adolescence and assess the best practices to foster and encourage community goals. Examine one school model, discuss common developmental goals, and discover best practices to achieve these goals while factoring in the different stages of adolescent development (grades 7-12).
Workshop Handout: Mentoring Teens
Presenters: Will Norton and Caroline Scholer, Montgomery Bell Academy (United States)

Research and Pedagogy: The Latest Evidence Supporting Gender-Based Learning

Room: 1
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: Advanced
Research in a variety of academic areas continues to support the notion of a gendered approach to schooling. Despite the beliefs of some that single-gender education confirms traditional stereotypes, more evidence indicates that this educational paradigm enlarges the opportunities for students. Explore results from current research that supports gendered education.
Workshop Handout: Research and Pedagogy
Presenter: Abigail James, Germanna Community College (United States)

BLOCK 2 - Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 10:15 – 11:15 AM

Feminism for Boys

Room: 338
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
To explore the ways gender, power, and privilege intersect in schools, we started a feminism/gender club to engage students in weekly discussions. We have learned that young men want to talk about gender and sex, and need a safe and supportive space. Gain excellent resources to help you start similar conversations.
Presenters: Saber Khan, Richard Symons, and Janet Lien, The Browning School (United States)

How Problem-Solving Approaches Help Boys Become Motivated Learners

Room: 230
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
With the advent of technology, there is less need for students to acquire information and more need to develop skills in analyzing and applying what they learn. Students must learn how to use information to solve problems and create novel solutions. Discover experiential approaches in a variety of academic disciplines using problem-solving techniques.
Workshop Handout: Motivation
Presenter: Abigail James, Germanna Community College (United States)

Using Math as a Springboard to Discovering Cultural Identity

Room: 240
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
Uncover how teachers across subject areas can join together to guide students as they discover their ethnic identity. In our program, students learn about their heritage through intergenerational conversations and examine a culturally significant family artifact through a mathematical lens. They write and create podcasts retelling stories and fashion clay models of an iconic image from their culture.
Workshop Handout: Cultural Project
Presenters: Kristina Barnaby, Margot Pearce, and Deborah Sullinger, Fairfield Country Day School (United States)

BLOCK 3 - Tuesday , 27 June 2017, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Academic Action for Boys Through Sustainable Campus Planning

Room: 229
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
Explore “out of your seat” learning opportunities for boys by combining curriculum, sustainable campus planning, and capital projects. Delve into current technology and opportunities relating to clean energy and carbon footprint reduction and gain ideas to apply on campus and in the classroom immediately for free. Focus on campus planning, sustainable initiatives, hands-on curriculum, and boys’ interest in STEM.
Presenters:Joshua Smith and Alan Epstein, KDC Solar (United States); Walter Serafyn and James Blayer, Whiting-Turner (United States)

Building Research and Innovation Cultures in Boys’ Schools

Room: 18
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
How can boys’ schools build cultures of research and innovation? How can they use research to move from good to great, from intuitive to intentional? Hear educators from Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States share their experiences in creating research centers. After the expert panel presentation, engage in a question and answer session to delve deeper.
Workshop Materials: http://tiny.cc/ResearchCultureIBSC
Presenters: Kim Hudson and Laura Sabo, St. Christopher's School (United States); Hugh Chilton, Ian Lambert, and Caitlin Munday, The Scots College (Australia); Jonnie Noakes, Eton College (United Kingdom)

The Role of Women in Boys’ Schools: A Continued Discussion

Room: 1
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
Boys need a range of role models in their lives to guide them as they develop in many areas. Often, we hear how important it is for boys in our schools to have strong male role models and how men play a unique role in boys' development. What roles do women working in all-boys schools play? Join us for an engaging discussion.
Presenters: Janet Lien, The Browning School (United States); Rebecca Giordano Dreisbach, The Boys' Latin School of Maryland (United States)

BLOCK 5 - Wednesday, 28 June 2017, 9:30 – 10:30 AM

15 Phun Physics Activities in 60 Minutes

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)

The Unexamined Life

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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