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IBSC-Australia: Bucking the Trend, 14–15 September 2017

Join fellow teachers and school leaders committed to learning more about best practices for boys' learning for the Bucking the Trend — What Works for Boys? conference at Prince Alfred College in Kent Town, Adelaide, South Australia, 14 – 15 September 2017. Engage in stimulating discussions of current educational issues, research, and literature about what works for boys. Then take time to reflect on these inspirational ideas.

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IBSC-Americas: Teachers New to Boys' Schools Conference, 26–28 October 2017

Discover and explore best practices related to boys' education from experienced teachers and administrators. Join your colleagues for the IBSC Teachers New to Boys' Schools Conference, 26 – 28 October 2017, at The Roxbury Latin School, just outside Boston in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.

Designed for teachers in their first two years of work at a boys' school, this unique conference gives teachers in all grade levels and disciplines the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions with your peers and gain expert advice from seasoned boys' educators. Delve into topical issues, including: relational teaching, social development, student advising, pedagogical approaches tailored to boys, and the principal developmental distinctions of boys of all ages. Consult IBSC Teachers New to Boys' Schools Conference for more details.

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IBSC-One Schoolhouse Online Classes, Upcoming Roster

Register now for the next series of IBSC–One Schoolhouse online classes. Join a cohort of fellow educators in these customized professional development opportunities 17 July – 11 August 2017.

  • Building Leadership in Schools for Boys
    In this global online course, gain an overview of the theory and practice of leadership in the school environment. Current and aspiring leaders across the school spectrum — from educators to those in school operations — explore and apply models and frameworks for personal and team leadership.
  • Mastery Practice in Teaching Boys
    Experienced teachers, continue your professional growth on the journey to becoming a master teacher in a boys' school. Boost your expertise in best practices for teaching boys and creating an optimal learning environment for them.
  • Single-Gender Education: A Course for Teachers New to Boys' Schools
    Connect and collaborate with other teachers to explore best practice and research in boys' classrooms in this online course created specifically for teachers newly hired at boys' schools.
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BALTIMORE, Md. (WBFF) -- Educators from around the world gathered in Baltimore this week. For the first time, the International Boys' Schools Coalition held its annual conference in Charm City.

Educators at this conference embrace how boys learn differently than girls. And it doesn't matter what state, country, or continent they are from. They all deserve unique attention.

Annual Conference Video

The IBSC Annual Conference was hosted by Boys' Latin during the week of June 25. Here, 600 educators from 120 schools in 20 countries from five continents shared ideas and strategies on how to engage and reach young boys – who are naturally competitive, tend to want more structure than girls and need guidance as they become men.

"For educators, for those of us who work in boys school and advocate for boys, it's enormous. It's kind of like our Super Bowl," stated Chris Post, the Headmaster of Boy's Latin School of Maryland.

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2017 IBSC Annual Conference: Thank you!

We hope you enjoyed your time at the 2017 IBSC Annual Conference in Baltimore, and that you take home many gratifying memories and inspirational ideas for your school and your boys!

Thank you to The Boys' Latin School of Maryland
Please join us in expressing our gratitude to The Boys' Latin School of Maryland for hosting the 600+ delegates who traveled to Baltimore from around the globe. Together we explored new ways to champion boys' education and unlock the potential of boys worldwide. Our generous hosts at Boys' Latin made all this possible.Complete the Evaluation

2017 IBSC Annual Conference Evaluation
Please take a few moments to complete the Conference Evaluation. Your honest feedback helps us plan future conferences and other IBSC activities to better meet the needs of members. All evaluations remain confidential, so please share your candid opinion.

2018 IBSC Annual Conference
Mark your calendar to join us next year for the 2018 IBSC Annual Conference. The Southport School will host us 8–11 July 2018 on Australia's Gold Coast. The planning team has started actively creating a captivating program to explore the theme Our Boys, Their Future: Learning to Lead. Join us!

Safe Travels
We wish you safe travels on your journey home. Many thanks for completing the evaluation!

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Boys learn differently than girls, and that's OK

Read this op-ed in The Baltimore Sun written by Christopher J. Post, Headmaster of The Boys' Latin School of Maryland (United States).

Face it: Boys learn differently than girls, and that's OK

Through Wednesday, more than 600 educators from all over the world will assemble here in Baltimore for the annual conference of the International Boys' Schools Coalition to understand what's best for boys — how we can create environments in which boys can flourish, pushing beyond innovation and inspiring creativity, discovery and engagement.

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Anita Trolese, St. John's Preparatory School, Wins 2017 IBSC Action Research Award

The winner of the 2017 IBSC Action Research Award is Anita Trolese from St. John's Preparatory School (South Africa). Anita receives this award for the completion of an action research project to the highest standard, and for her enthusiastic and valuable contribution to the IBSC Action Research community.

Focusing on Collaboration and the Power of Team Learning, Anita developed a project for her Year 7 boys to answer the question "Why Shakespeare in 2016?" The boys downloaded the Macbeth Graphic Novel Quick Text (McDonald, 2015) to their devices (St. John's Preparatory School is a BYOD school) and this text formed the launch pad for their study.

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Welcome to the 2017 IBSC Annual Conference!

2017 IBSC Annual Conference LogoWelcome to our delegates arriving in Baltimore for the 2017 IBSC Annual Conference. With 580+ attendees representing 13 countries, the conference provides a unique opportunity for global camaraderie and idea sharing. Together we can promote the exchange of knowledge and best practices as we guide boys on the journey to manhood. We're glad you're here!

Download the Program. With more than 75 workshops, eight plenary sessions, an exhibit hall, and a networking reception — there's a lot to do at the conference. Download the conference program (9 MB PDF) now to plan your time. Rely on the 2017 IBSC Annual Conference mobile app to access the program on the go and create your personal schedule.

Registration. When you arrive at The Boys' Latin School of Maryland, please go to registration in the Julian S. Smith Alumni House to pick up your conference materials and credentials. Each registered delegate receives a printed conference program and name badge. Remember to wear your badge to all conference events. Registration runs 2:00–3:30 PM on Sunday.

Shuttle Service. Complimentary shuttle service for conference delegates runs from the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront hotel to the school. Get complete details in the conference program and on the Hotel and Travel page. You can also find an IBSC Welcome Desk in the hotel lobby to answer any questions at these times:

  • Friday, 23 June, 7:30 – 8:30 AM
  • Saturday, 24 June, 10:00 AM – 12:00 NOON
  • Sunday, 25 June, 12:00 – 2:30 PM

Information Desk. On Sunday, you may find the Information Desk in the Julian S. Smith Alumni House during registration hours. After Sunday, you may find the Information Desk in the lobby of Hopkins Hall. Volunteers at the Information Desk can provide technology support, advice, and information about the conference, school, and city.

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David Anderson Named 2017 IBSC Hawley-Jarvis Award Honoree

IBSC will present the 2017 IBSC Hawley-Jarvis Award at the 2017 IBSC Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, United State hosted by The Boys' Latin School of Maryland.

Since 1980, David Anderson has devoted himself to educating boys in a single-sex environment at Shore School (Australia). A geography teacher, Anderson served as Senior Boarding Housemaster and Boarding Housemaster for 25 years, and on the School Executive for 15 years.

In 1995, he led his first IBSC Annual Conference workshop, continuing to present workshops at 17 more conferences! Anderson hosted the 10th Coalition Annual Conference at Shore School in 2003 and served on the IBSC Board of Trustees 2003-13, including three years as Vice President Australasia.

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