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Call for Workshop Proposals

Submit your proposal by 15 December 2017.

Examine, debate, and contest the methods educators use to prepare boys for the future. Present a workshop at the 2018 IBSC Annual Conference hosted by The Southport School, Gold Coast, Australia, 8 – 11 July.

How do we impart the skills boys need to prepare for an ever-changing world? What strategies guide them to become responsible and confident young leaders? How can we ensure the educational experiences boys have in the early years (P-6) inspire them to be lifelong learners?

Share your wisdom and experience by presenting a workshop. Together let’s explore, discuss, and delve into the myriad possibilities and opportunities educators can provide our boys.

Please read the workshop guidelines below, then Submit a Workshop Proposal.

Your workshop proposal must include the following details:

  • Workshop Title
  • Abstract (400-character maximum, including spaces)
  • Description (1,000-character maximum, including spaces)
  • What three questions will your workshop answer? (500-character maximum, including spaces)
  • Co-Presenter(s), if any

Submission Deadline

Submit your workshop proposal by 5:00 PM EST on 15 December 2017. In mid-January, IBSC will contact all individuals who submitted a workshop proposal with the status of their proposals. For all accepted submissions, IBSC reserves the right to edit title, description, and outcomes for promotional purposes and in accordance with the IBSC style guide.

Presentation Topics

Workshops must focus on the theme Our Boys, Their Future: Learning to Lead and address at least one of the conference tracks: Boys’ Education, STEM and Futures, Leadership, and Junior Years (Preschool to Year 6). Workshops must demonstrate best teaching practice in the broadest sense by stimulating discussion among delegates and providing tangible, effective examples to promote the education of boys. Explain to delegates how you have enhanced the learning experiences of boys and how you prepare them to face the challenges of tomorrow.

The 2018 IBSC Annual Conference includes a special focus on teaching boys in the Junior Years within the schedule. While the Junior Years track extends throughout the entire program, it also features prominently in an exclusive, half-day program. This separate program offers a series of workshops and speakers to support educators who work with younger learners. We welcome workshop proposals for this special section in addition to the regular workshop blocks.

Each workshop applicant must select which conference track best suits their proposal: Boys’ Education, STEM and Futures, Leadership, and Junior Years (Preschool to Year 6).


Most conference workshops run for 60 minutes. New this year, one block of workshops runs 30 minutes. Ensure your workshop relates to the conference theme Our Boys, Their Future: Learning to Lead and at least one of its four tracks. Where relevant, workshops may include research that supports evidence-based practice and programs. Workshops must contribute to our understanding of teaching boys and our common work guiding boys on the journey into manhood.

Consider these different formats for your workshop presentation.

  • Individual Presentation: An individual delegate gives an in-depth presentation on a particular practice, approach, or topic relating to the conference theme/tracks. Discussion and delegate participation are essential.
  • Collaborative Presentation: A team of delegates from the same or different disciplines, schools, or countries presents together on a practice, approach, or topic relating to the conference theme/tracks. Discussion and delegate participation are essential.
  • Roundtable Discussion: The presenter serves primarily as a moderator to lead a group discussion on a specific topic that relates to the conference theme. The moderator facilitates and manages discussion and participation, and provides summary reflection.
  • Other: If your presentation does not fit into one of the above categories, you may describe it during the proposal process.

We encourage all IBSC members to submit a workshop proposal. All teachers and schools have distinct approaches, practices, and programs that have worked especially well, and this provides the perfect venue to impart your experience to colleagues. Thank you for sharing your expertise with our global community of boys’ educators!

When submitting a workshop proposal, please be prepared to log in — have your IBSC username (the email address at which you receive IBSC correspondence) and password ready.


Terms and Conditions for Workshop Presenters

Carefully read these terms and conditions for workshop presenters before submitting a proposal.

Please contact Amy Ahart, Chief Operating Officer of IBSC, at ahart@theibsc.org with any questions.

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