IBSC Welcomes New Executive StaffPinned:

The IBSC Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that David Armstrong will assume the role of Executive Director of the IBSC in July of 2015. David has been deeply involved in boys’ schools as the Headmaster of the Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland these past 15 years, and as a trustee of the IBSC. Additionally, the IBSC is investing for the first time in an Associate Director by hiring Amy Ahart, who has worked for NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) these past ten years. Read the complete announcement here.

Leading and Learning Through Service

16-18 April 2015, Anglican Church Grammar School, East Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Join us at Churchie for Leading and Learning Through Service, an IBSC conference exploring how serving others in local, national and international communities can develop leadership skills, resilience and well-rounded character in young men. Insights from keynote speakers will help inform the work of educators who seek to develop service-learning, character and leadership programs in their schools.

What Matters to Boys

4 March 2015, 6:30pm, Browning School, New York, NY

The Parents League of New York, along with the Browning School and IBSC, are proud to present What Matters to Boys, with Abigail Norfleet James, a leading expert in boys' education. In her talk, she will discuss the world of boys from language acquisition to competition, social-emotional development and friendships. Details are available on the What Matters to Boys flyer.

IBSC Student Forum

In coordination with the IBSC Annual Conference at Cape Town, South Africa, Montgomery Bell Academy, St Christopher's School, and the IBSC will host the third annual IBSC Student Forum: Civil Rights, Human Rights, and the American Experience in Nashville from 22 to 26 June, 2015. The DEADLINE to nominate a student is 27 February 2015

Boys as Makers

8-10 April 2015, University School, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Join us for Boys as Makers, an IBSC conference focusing on the Maker Movement and its significance for Boys' Education. With a tradition of hands-on learning going back to 1890 and building on the rising tide of interest in experiential learning in boys' schools, University School showcases the Maker Movement at this IBSC evnet. Complete information, including registration and hotel details, is available on the Boys as Makers webpage.

Conference for College Counselors
18-20 February 2015, St. Francis High School, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Come join us for an in-depth exploration of boys' maturity, motivation and engagement in college counseling, and to discuss "best practices'' that help boys "own" the process of discovery, choice, and application. For more information, including registration and hotel details, visit the IBSC Conference for College Counselors website.

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Remembering Celia Lashlie
blaisdell - Posted 02/18/2015 07:30PM

We are writing with the very sad news that Celia Lashlie passed away suddenly on Monday evening, 16 February, 2015. Just prior to the New Year, Celia was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, which then spread to her liver and, as a result, her health deteriorated significantly and quickly.

As many of you are aware, Celia was a great supporter of boys’ educational issues, not just in New Zealand, but around the world.  She was one of our keynote speakers at the 2009 IBSC Conference at Lindisfarne College, where she spoke about her research from discussions with boys in 25 schools throughout New Zealand. She also toured the US and Canada on an IBSC speaking tour in 2010-11.

A larger than life character, Celia told it like it was, and didn’t pull any punches.  Articulate and passionate, Celia had a very significant impact on boys' schools, the parents of boys, and educators in New Zealand and throughout the world. Hers is a great loss. We, like so many of our colleagues and peers, regarded her as a friend.

NYT Article and the case for Boys' Schools
blaisdell - Posted 01/09/2015 10:05AM

NYT Article and the Case for Boys' Schools

Motoko Rich's "Old Tactic Gets New Use: Public Schools Separate Girls and Boys" makes blanket assertions about single-sex education that need amplification. Ms. Rich reports, "Research finds that single-sex education does not show significant academic benefits—or drawbacks." One recent study conducted by the "gender-neutral" independent New Zealand Council for Educational Research on the "Achievement in Boys' Schools, 2010-2012" does find higher achievement in test scores, University entrance, and graduation rates for all boys, no matter ethnicity or income levels, who attend single-sex boys' schools. READ MORE

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New Research Perspectives
Posted 11/29/2014 05:00PM
Analysis of New Zealand male school leaver qualifications from 2010 to 2012 show that boys' schools have higher qualification achievements than co-educational schools.
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