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2017 IBSC Annual Conference

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


Engagement

Workshops that will drive you to engage!

Engagement reflects the courage and empathy required to lean into difficult conversations and tackle big issues. Engagement exists all over Baltimore, in public-private partnerships, in neighborhoods and community centers, and in corporate citizens seeking to make a difference. Engagement exists all throughout our schools as well. Whether it’s around discussions of masculinity, identity, or opportunity, engagement with our boys and with one another elevates our understanding, strengthens our communities and enhances our relationships.

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

A Competency Framework for 21st Century Boys’ Schools
Room: Library
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Discover how 21st century competencies can propel future-leaning boys’ schools. Learn synthesized research on the capabilities required in a world of globalization and automation. Then investigate a powerful framework based on critical thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration, and character. Discuss your school’s readiness for change with colleagues.
Phil Cummins and Brad Adams, CIRCLE — The Centre for Innovation, Research, Creativity, and Leadership in Education (Australia)

The Bus Stop Project: An Industrial Design and Architecture Project
Room: 236
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
The Bus Stop Project was born of the plan to offer a design course at the middle school level. This course melds art and design curricular objectives with school-wide STEAM objectives that focus on design thinking, a systematic problem-solving approach to creating a desirable future and to making a positive change in your community. Delve into a variety of group research methods used to gain empathy.
Presenter: Lorna LaRiviere, Brunswick School (United States)

Cross-Curricular Collaboration + Creative Projects = Engaged Readers
Room: 106
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
How do you guide readers to truly engage with text? Discover how a third-grade reading teacher and a technology coordinator tackle this challenge by designing innovative, hands-on projects that allow boys to be active learners by engaging with the text in real-life ways. Share our tips for establishing a successful collaborative relationship and some of the projects we created for our readers.
Presenters: Debi Krulak and Rudy Hurley, The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland (United States)

Inbound Marketing Strategies to Drive Advancement
Room: 229
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
There’s been a lot of buzz about “automated and inbound marketing,” but what does that look like for fundraising? How should you think about bringing donors to your website? Find out how to take marketing concepts from the corporate world and translate them to a donor strategy, using email campaigns, content, and a data-driven smart website deployment.
Presenter: Angelo Otterbein, Finalsite (United States)

International Collaboration
Room: 138
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
Explore collaborative projects performed by students from different schools all over the world. Learn how we use international projects to foster an open mentality for students. Connecting with other cultural realities enriches and forms students humanly and academically. The collaborative work encourages a series of competencies that seemed not so necessary until today — but now are essential.
Presenters: Imanol Goyarrola and Josu Santos, Gaztelueta School (Spain); Fran Turner, St. Christopher's School (United States); Ignacio Malmierca, Viaro Global School (Spain)

Rethinking Writing Assessment
Room: 343
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
We all want our boys to write well. However, when writing is reduced to a grade, boys begin to identify with the grade they most commonly receive. This fixed mindset often results in boys disengaging from writing. This insight prompted Churchie’s Prep School to rethink the way we approach writing. Find out how a “writing culture” has been born and student engagement has flourished.
Presenter: Scott Warfield, Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) (Australia)

Sex Miseducation: The Impact of Pornography and Strategies to Combat It
Room: 129
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Students are consuming pornography at an alarming rate and it impacts both their romantic relationships and their treatment of women. Despite its importance, engaging students in conversations about the effects of pornography rarely occurs in schools. Empower your students with strategies to help them understand the damaging nature of pornography.
Presenter: John Lamerato, St. Augustine High School (United States)

Situational Judgment Test for Work with Boys: An Opportunity in its Beta Stage
Room: 230
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
We are currently developing a customized situational judgment test for those working with boys, based on three IBSC-sponsored projects. In pilot runs, the statistical reliability and conceptual and statistical validity are strengthening. Find out how your school can access the test at no cost (to IBSC member schools) to gain feedback on your teaching and coaching faculty, and help us develop norms for a diverse array of schools.
Presenters: Michael Reichert, Center for the Study of Boys’ and Girls’ Lives (United States); Tom Batty, Scotch College (Australia); Michael Fellin, Crescent School (Canada)

Two Schedules, One School: Age-Differentiated Instruction
Room: 331
Appeals to: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Woodberry Forest follows a homemade schedule featuring an age-differentiated transition. Ninth and 10th graders use a more traditional structure (5 x 45 min); 11th and 12th graders meet in longer periods twice per week (1 x 45 min, 2 x 90 min). Walk through the entire process we undertook, from brainstorming to structural design, implementation, and the first round of reflection and modification.
Presenters: Erik Born and Matt Boesen, Woodberry Forest School (United States)

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

Becoming Learner Driven: Exploring New Models and Figuring Out New Opportunities Room: 231
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
What are new paradigms for teaching and learning? How do they relate (and not relate) to the missions and goals of boys' schools? What can we learn from new models? What new opportunities exist? Join us in this hands-on session to examine these questions as you collaborate with colleagues to explore emerging ideas.
Presenter: Brad Rathgeber, One Schoolhouse (United States)

Creating a Mindfulness Club for Lower School Students
Room: 140
Appeals to: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12)
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
When lower school teachers combined their love of yoga, movement, and meditation and channeled it into a new club for students, they created Mindful Mornings. Learn about their experience starting a mindfulness club for students, how they lead boys in these sessions throughout the school year, and how the club benefits boys.
Presenters: Faith Ward, Diana Matthews, and Marian Xanders, Gilman School (United States)

“Crowding In” in the Classroom
Room: 106
Appeals to: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
“Crowding in” is a term in economics referencing the phenomenon of increased economic engagement from private individuals when there is decreased economic engagement from the government. Examine how this behavior surfaces in the classroom and how teachers can get more from their students by doing less themselves.
Presenter: Will Alderton, Harrow School (United Kingdom)

Exploring Gender and Identity in Boys’ Schools: A Roundtable Conversation
Track: Engagement
Room: 343
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to Topic

Join this roundtable conversation with members of the IBSC Transgender Taskforce to share and learn what schools are doing around the support, admission, and matriculation of transgender students. Come together to hear from member schools and reflect on current challenges and future opportunities for educators to support transgender and nonbinary students in all-boys schools.
Presenters: Presenters: Dave Faus, St. Paul's School (United States); Carrie Friend, St. Albans School (United States); Tom Matthews, St. George's School (Canada); Andrew McGregor, Harrow School (United Kingdom); Rick Melvoin, Belmont Hill School (United States)

Metaphors and Music: Engaging Boys in Boarding, the Classroom, and Sports
Room: 331
Appeals to: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
Effective education is relational. Connecting lies at the heart of engaging boys. Getting their attention across the blurred line of the generational gap is crucial for significant education. Study“What does it take to engage our boys?” with examples of how you can use metaphors and music to engage boys. Find time for Q&A and sharing stories with colleagues.
Presenter: Mike Bownes, Michaelhouse (South Africa)

Reclaiming Mentorship
Room: 18
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
“They have histories in which trust and vulnerability are rewarded,” David Brooks writes about Martin Buber’s I–Thou relationships. Mentorship functions at its best when trust and vulnerability are present and occupy the self-awareness of the people engaged. Consider mentorship’s Greek roots, discuss anecdotal relationships, look outside of schools, and cover how we might use them in schools.
Presenters: Win Bassett, Montgomery Bell Academy (United States); Tony Jarvis, The Roxbury Latin School (United States)

Redesigning Practice for High Potential Learners
Room: 238
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Are we providing a relevant and challenging education for the young men who will shape our future? How might we lift the ceiling of learning for high potential learners from small increments to exponential leaps? Discover how these questions guide Trinity’s model to co-design learning that honors teacher expertise, engages student voice/passions, and involves experts to generate new learning possibilities.
Presenter: Jason Cheers, Mark Dunn, and Chris Wyatt, Trinity Grammar School (Australia)

The State of the Independent School Admission Industry
Track:
Engagement
Room: 332
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to Topic

As competition increases and education evolves, school leaders need a more nuanced understanding of the climate, consumer habits, admission policies, and practices shaping enrollment. Learn how to make the best use of data in forecasting and predictive modeling as we focus on the challenges and opportunities facing boys' schools, especially independent schools.
Presenter: Dave Taible, The Enrollment Management Association (United States)

Student Leadership: Theory to Reality
Room: 1
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Coaching young men to become leaders is a noble aim with which we can all identify. However, merely telling a boy he should take responsibility does not make him into a leader. Share our experiences of how to translate this goal into actions, and how we can mentor boys to exemplify effective leadership behaviors.
Presenter: Duncan Byrne, Loughborough Grammar School (United Kingdom)

Unfriend Your Fears of Social Media Teaching #integrated #engaging #mindset
Room: Library
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
All the possibilities and potential pitfalls of social media can make it a vast impossible space — especially for us as teachers. But for our boys, social media is their world and their religion. It has made them fast thinkers and fast responders. It fosters their discoveries and pastime. Explore how to harness social media as an amazing tool to teach and engage — making the vast impossible into vast possible.
Presenter: Pieter Van der Schyff, Hilton College (South Africa)

Visual Vocabulary: Engage Them with Critical Thinking Instead of Memorization
Room: 234
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Learn methods for engaging students in experiential, visual vocabulary instruction. InferCabulary asks students to use semantic reasoning to infer meaning of nuanced nouns, adjectives and adverbs. WordQuations teaches verb synonyms by analyzing how words like “meander” and “plod” are different, revealing character motivation in texts. Engage in hands-on activities that makes this practical workshop fun.
Presenters: Beth Lawrence, Communication APPtitude (United States); Stephanie McKew, The Boys' Latin School of Maryland (United States)

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

The Beloved Community: Engaging Student Leaders Through Diversity
Room: 240
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Learn about Fenn's School Diversity Committees intentional efforts to inspire students to take risks, and the initiative to create a more inclusive community through their work as leaders in the Student Diversity Committee. Fenn's Diversity Committees inspire leaders by instilling a sense of agency in the boys. The efforts inform the community and create a more inclusive environment led by the boys.
Presenters: Tete Cobblah and David Duane, The Fenn School (United States)

Creating an Interdisciplinary Introduction to Bioethics
Room: 238
Appeals to: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
Learn how to create interdisciplinary opportunities in your high school. Find out how our religion and science departments collaborate to teach a bioethics unit. Taught within an existing class, this unit attempts to foster empathy and teach students how to appreciate different viewpoints, resulting in boys learning how to engage in moral decision making.
Presenters: Kerry O'Brien and Rachelle Sam, St. Albans School (United States)

Do You Really Need That? Appropriate Technology to Engage Boys in Learning
Room: 338
Appeals to: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Tablets and laptops take our boys to wonderful places — too often, however, away from the teacher and the subject at hand. Is it possible, and desirable, for a lecture-based class to ban laptops? What benefits may be found, and what problems must we address? Delve into one experiment and share your own experiences and ideas with colleagues.
Presenters: Kevin Miller and Pete Bonds, Blue Ridge School (United States)

Engaging Boys Beyond Books
Room: 236
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
Find out how two teacher librarians representing the IBSC Librarian Network creatively help their school communities look “beyond books” to celebrate newer forms of literacy. In particular, focus on the development and implementation of two innovative programs: a spy-themed technology orientation program and a Comic Con that really pique boys’ interest.
Presenters: Trish Cislak, Crescent School (Canada); Di Laycock, The King's School (Australia)

Grade 10 Cohorts: A Model of Cross-Disciplinary Teaching and Learning
Room: 138
Appeals to: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Learn from our experiences designing and running cohort programs with teams of teacher collaborators. Our school runs four grade 10 cohorts. Each approaches academics and real-world issues through a particular lens: global mindedness, outdoor adventure, STEM, or theater. This model allows for depth and meaning as boys pursue areas of passion with 20 like-minded peers and two to five teachers.
Presenters: Sam Johnston and Norm Kaethler, St. George's School (Canada)

How to Drive Boys Crazy for Learning
Room: 234
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
Boys are emphatic about one thing: “School is boring!” It isn’t that they don’t want to face challenges or learn. Perhaps too often we fail to engage them in learning in fun and relevant ways. Examine well-researched practices on what motivates boys and discover how to help boys learn every day.
Presenters: Jack Pannell and John Snowdy, Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys (United States)

How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Abolish Exams
Room: 231
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
If you were to ask students to identify their biggest academic burden, “exams” would be a fairly ubiquitous answer. And we all know why — they tend to be stressful and repetitive, and don’t allow students to showcase their aptitude as much as their ability to write under pressure. So our English Department abolished them. Look at why, how, and the cost of doing so.
Presenter: Joshua McNeill, Scotch College (Australia)

Let IBSC Help You Serve Boys Better
Room: 230
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
Heads of school, join the IBSC Executive Committee to learn more about how IBSC can benefit you and your school. Explore the myriad resources membership brings to enrich your community, and discover ways you can get more involved. The connection to global leaders dedicated to educating boys proves invaluable. Plus, take this opportunity to share with IBSC how we can serve you, schools, and boys better.

Presenters: Kerry Brennan | President IBSC, The Roxbury Latin School (United States); Tom Batty | Secretary IBSC, Scotch College (Australia); Greg O'Melia |Treasurer IBSC, The Buckley School (United States); Brad Gioia |Vice-President, Americas IBSC, Montgomery Bell Academy (United States); James Hawkins | Vice President, United Kingdom, IBSC, Harrow School (United Kingdom); David Knowles, Vice Prsident, Africa IBSC, St. Stithian’s Boys’ College (South Africa); Garth Wynne | Vice President, Australasia IBSC, Christ’s College (New Zealand)

Teacher Leaders: Blazing the Trail for School Innovation
Room: Library
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
Learn how to develop a program in which teachers provide peers nonevaluative instructional coaching. Engage in small-group discussions about school-based "unconference" professional growth workshops, a growth-oriented faculty evaluation process, or the celebration of school progress.
Presenters: Jennifer Liu, Kristen Janiak Goggin, and Chris Ceci-MacGillis, Town School for Boys (United States)

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

Athena Makhanitis to Angela Merkel: Developing Female Leaders in Boys' Schools
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
Room: 106
Appeals to: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
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)

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

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

The Power of Connection
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
Room: 238
Appeals to: All Ages
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
Room: 140
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
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)

Sing Like a Team: Teaching Mind, Body, and Spirit Through Young Choral Ensembles
Room: 18
Appeals to: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12)
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
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 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)

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