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2017 IBSC Annual Conference

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


Workshop Block 1

Monday, 26 June 2017, 10:45 – 11:45 AM

A Competency Framework for 21st Century Boys’ Schools
Track: Engagement
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)

Boys Discovering Their World Through Current Events
Track: Discovery
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.
Presenters: Katherine Willow and Nathan Burch, University School (United States)

The Bus Stop Project: An Industrial Design and Architecture Project
Track: Engagement
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
Track: Engagement
Room: 106
Appeals to: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12)
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
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)

From Consumption to Creation: Digital Literacy and Infographic Design
Track: Creativity
Room: 231
Appeals to: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
In today’s world, literacy has evolved from reading text on a page to deciphering digital information at a frenetic pace. New literacies require students not only to think critically about what they see online but also to actively produce information. Uncover the basics of digital literacy, infographics, and how you can incorporate infographic design and production in your own lessons.
Presenters: Marsha Hawkins and Amanda Livick, St. Christopher's School (United States)

Girls
Track: Discovery
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
Track: Discovery
Room: 018
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.
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)

Inbound Marketing Strategies to Drive Advancement
Track: Engagement
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)

The Inner and Outer Work: Promoting Discovery Through Meditation and Philosophy
Track: Discovery
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)

International Collaboration
Track: Engagement
Room: 138
Appeals to: All Schools
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)

Mentoring Teens: Trends, Goals, and Best Practices
Track: Discovery
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).
Presenters: Will Norton and Caroline Scholer, Montgomery Bell Academy (United States)

Research and Pedagogy: The Latest Evidence Supporting Gender-Based Learning
Track: Discovery
Room: 001
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.
Presenter: Abigail James, Germanna Community College (United States)

Rethinking Writing Assessment
Track: Engagement
Room: 343
Appeals to: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12)
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
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
Track: Engagement
Room: 129
Appeals to: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
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
Track: Engagement
Room: 230
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
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)

Take PD to the Next Level: Cultivating a Culture of Innovation in Boys’ Schools
Track: Creativity
Room: 140
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Innovative teachers are the catalysts for creating a culture of innovation in their communities. As a result, schools have to invest in teacher growth. This participatory session will address the challenge schools face to develop world-class, innovative teachers, by offering insights into the philosophy behind the creation of a compelling and innovative in-house professional development program.
Presenter: Bruce Collins, St. Alban's College (South Africa)

Two Schedules, One School: Age-Differentiated Instruction
Track: Engagement
Room: 331
Appeals to: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Woodberry Forrest follows a homemade schedule featuring an age-differentiated transition. Ninth and 10th graders use a more traditional structure (5 x 45 min); 11th and 12 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)

Visual Arts Projects and Collaborations that Most Inspired Our Boys
Track: Creativity
Room: 234
Appeals to: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
See slides of students working diligently in the studio and peruse examples of their final artworks. Hear short anecdotes about the boys' experiences and our real conversations in the classroom. Learn about specific projects and lessons in ceramics, drawing, architecture, photography, and printmaking that have proven the most inspiring and engaging with our high school boys.
Presenters: Cristina Pinton and Kathryn McSpadden, Avon Old Farms School (United States)

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