The IBSC is an extended professional learning community—bringing together educators and school leaders everywhere in the development and sharing of best practice in boys’ schools and in boys’ education. At our annual conferences, and at the many conferences and workshops held each year around the world, we focus on bringing tacit knowledge to intentional reflection. Over the past 20 years, hundreds of teachers and specialists have made presentations at our events; the archive of these conferences provides an extraordinary, rich resource.
We aspire to base this learning on inspirational and practical results-driven research. The IBSC models this in research initiatives. It started in 2005 and continues with an action research program exploring dimensions of boys’ learning and best in class practices. More than 200 teachers have participated in this program, and their work has been showcased at our annual conferences. Since 2008, the IBSC has commissioned and published three major research projects on best practices for teaching boys, and a fourth project is underway. These research initiatives are global, and all the major regions in the IBSC membership are represented. The projects have been collaborative, involving teachers, school leaders and students in “on the ground” research. In the best sense, these
results-oriented initiatives have provided research-driven, practical knowledge to inform teaching and program design.