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2017 IBSC Annual Conference

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


Workshop Block 2

Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 10:15 – 11:15 AM

Becoming Learner Driven: Exploring New Models and Figuring Out New Opportunities
Track: Engagement
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
Track: Engagement
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
Track: Engagement
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)

Discovering the Power of Expectations in Attaining Academic Success for Boys
Track: Creativity
Room: 129
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Societal constructs of masculinity often create a barrier to fostering a climate of academic success and rigor within our schools. By immersing ourselves in the research surrounding boys’ education and expectations, we can discover the immense power that expectations of both students and staff have upon the self-efficacy and overall academic achievement of our students.
Presenter: Luke Rawle, St. Augustine's College (Australia)

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)

Feminism for Boys
Track: Discovery
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
Track: Discovery
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.
Presenter: Abigail James, Germanna Community College (United States)

If They Get to Build It, They Will Come: Designing a Makerspace and Implementing an Effective Technology Program
Track: Creativity
Room: 236
Appeals to: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
It can be overwhelming to determine how best to integrate technology into today’s classrooms, not to mention expensive. Share the ups and downs of our experience in designing a makerspace and look at a variety of ways to use technology while implementing project-based learning in the classroom.
Presenters: Mike Burris, Wayne Peterson, and Jamie Bourland, Blue Ridge School (United States)

Metaphors and Music: Engaging Boys in Boarding, the Classroom, and Sports
Track: Engagement
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
Track: Engagement
Room: 018
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
“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
Track: Engagement
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
Track: Engagement
Room: 001
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)

Tapping the Creative Process for Deeper Learning: A Multidisciplinary Approach
Track: Creativity
Room: 138
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to Topic
Examine a research-based teaching and learning practice and self-reflective assessment strategy that engages and strengthens curiosity and creative thinking. Emphasizing divergent thinking skills, understanding problems, and cultivating personal solutions, this practice creates an authentic demand for content knowledge and skill development across disciplines and age groups.
Presenters: Christopher Fox and Zoë Blatt, The Haverford School (United States)

Unfriend Your Fears of Social Media Teaching #integrated #engaging #mindset
Track: Engagement
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)

Using Math as a Springboard to Discovering Cultural Identity
Track: Discovery
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.
Presenters: Kristina Barnaby, Margot Pearce, and Deborah Sullinger, Fairfield Country Day School (United States)

Visual Vocabulary: Engage Them with Critical Thinking Instead of Memorization
Track: Engagement
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)

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