BGIN: Boys' Global Inspiration Network
Boys' Global Inspiration Network
January to July 2017 (tap/click for additional date details)
To register, tap or click REGISTER HERE below. The registration deadline is 6 January 2017.
Today, educators face myriad complicated challenges, issues, and dilemmas: global citizenship, health and wellness, classroom innovation, student and faculty leadership, student agency, assessment strategies, best practices for teaching boys, and more. What if we could connect boys’ school educators from around the globe to develop shared understandings about some of these key themes and issues?
The goal of the Boys’ Global Inspiration Network is to create spaces for conversations and connections to wrestle with key questions and challenges of our time from a boys’ school and a global perspective. The Network is fueled by the belief that boys’ schools are at their best when they work together to tackle complex challenges — boys’ school educators inspiring each other.
The Network also provides an innovative way to meet many schools’ strategic objective to develop in every member of its community a more comprehensive worldview. It allows schools to directly invest in faculty and staff so they may have the opportunity to become global thinkers and leaders.
What Is the Boys’ Global Inspiration Network?
The Network is a series of conversations designed to engage boys’ school educators in challenging issues. Over the course of four to six weeks, educators will work collectively to explore answers to questions posed. Each conversation is framed by a primary guiding question, followed by a series of secondary questions. The Network is offered by strategic partners the IBSC and One Schoolhouse / Online School for Boys.
Components of the Inspiration Network
Conversation Questions are the framework for engagement. Each question will be explored through a few primary resources, group development of additional resources, and discussion. Educators will interact with each other through development of resources and discussion. Questions are designed to engage educators for about two hours each week. Conversations will last four to six weeks, depending on the topic and complexity of the question.Facilitators. Each conversation will be led by an expert who will help frame, guide, and direct the conversations. Facilitators will choose a few primary resources for each question to start to develop shared understandings for the group (videos, papers, etc.). Facilitators will manage discussion postings — posting comments and supporting educators, and redirecting as needed. Also, they will encourage participation among the group, reaching out to individuals as appropriate.
Schools will sign up for the Network, allowing for involvement of their entire faculty. Once a school has registered for the Network, educators from that school can sign up for any conversation in which they would like to participate. Schools may also determine how they would like faculty to share what they have learned with their colleagues. The beauty of the Network lies in the fact that it leverages the collective wisdom of boys’ school educators and encourages engagement in questions while educators are on their campuses, fully entrenched in their daily work and tackling the issues being discussed in real time.
The Network will launch in January 2017. Themes addressed will be universal in nature, including topics around Teaching and Curriculum, Communication, Health and Wellness, Civic Commitment, and Global Citizenry.
- What conversations will you offer during the pilot year
of the Network?
- See this chart of conversations.
- How much time will a faculty member need to commit to participate
in a conversation?
- Participants should aim to engage for approximately two hours per week per conversation. Therefore, in a four-week conversation, a faculty member would spend about eight hours total interacting with other participants and a facilitator online. We recommend that faculty select only one conversation at a time. We expect conversations to repeat in subsequent years, so no one will miss a conversation topic.
- When will conversations start and how long will they last?
- The Network will launch in January 2017 with two or three conversations. Additional conversations will start every few months. The conversations will conclude no later than July 2017.
- What is the deadline for committing to the Network this
- The deadline is 6 Janauary 2017.
For further information, please contact:
|International Boys’ Schools Coalition||One Schoolhouse/Online School for Boys|
Associate Executive Director
Chief Financial Officer
Participating schools will pay an annual fee to allow every member of their faculty and staff to take part in as many conversations as they would like. Fees for the 2017 program are:
- IBSC Member Schools: $2,750 (USD)
- Nonmember Schools: $3,750 (USD)
Click/tap button to register. The registration deadline is 6 January 2017.
Introducing One Schoolhouse
The Online School for Boys is transitioning to become part of One Schoolhouse, an umbrella organization formed to better reflect our work and expand opportunities for students and educators at boys' schools around the world. This exciting transition will take place over the next year, and will be showcased in some of the new IBSC-One Schoolhouse online offerings, including Building Leadership in Schools for Boys and Boys' Global Inspiration Network.