- Mission: Founded in 1995, the International Boys' Schools Coalition is a not-for-profit organization of schools dedicated to the education and development of boys worldwide, the professional growth of those who work with them, and the advocacy and advancement of institutions—primarily schools for boys—that serve them.
- Vision: We at the IBSC aim to be the leading voice in boys’ education worldwide, committed to sharing our knowledge and expertise with educators of boys around the globe.
- Key Values and Principles: At the heart of our work together is guiding boys on the journey to manhood for lives of achievement and fulfillment, compassion and justice, and service and leadership.
- Boys' Schools Educators: As schools for boys and as educators dedicated to boys’ well-being and achievement, what we have in common unites us in dialogue and sharing.
From its earliest days, IBSC has been global in outlook and composition. The current member roster includes major boys' schools in Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, China (Hong Kong), Ecuador, India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, Uruguay, United States, and Zimbabwe,
IBSC is governed by a Board of Trustees with international representation and regional Vice Presidents.
The IBSC draws strength and vitality from diversity: independent and state or public schools; day and boarding schools; elementary, secondary and multi-divisional schools; and denominational, parochial and secular schools. As schools for boys and as educators dedicated to boys’ well-being and achievement, what we have in common unites us in dialogue and sharing.
Through its activities and programs, the IBSC strives to support and celebrate boys' schools as learning environments uniquely focused on the achievement, engagement, character and well-being of boys. At time of mounting concern about boys, we believe in the mission of single-gender education. Above all, we are leaders in sharing expertise and fostering “best practices” for 21st century boys’ education everywhere.
The flagship of the IBSC is the annual global conference, hosted by a member school. Conferences have been held in all the major global regions of the IBSC. Many schools consider this the premier event in their professional calendar. Our conferences feature leading experts on boys’ education. Since 1993, more than 1500 teachers and school leaders have presented workshops on every dimension of teaching boys and school programs. The global networks and friendships kindled at annual conferences are especially valued.
The IBSC facilitates speaker tours, local conferences and workshops in the major regions represented in the membership. These are often occasions for in-depth focus, such as boys and literacy, the role of sports in boys’ schools, boys’ wellness, boys and technology, and character and honor codes. The IBSC is committed to the expansion of these regional initiatives, which often spark innovative approaches and topics for our global collaboration and programs.
Uniquely, the IBSC runs global research programs that serve as catalysts for professional growth and school improvement. Since 2005, over 300 teachers have participated in Action Research in Boys’ Schools, a world-leading program. Global teams focus on a question on teaching and learning in boys’ schools, and are guided through classroom-based investigations that yield an unparalleled body of expertise and model reflective practice and collaboration. Their action research reports are featured at annual conferences and published.
Larger scale research includes: Teaching Boys: A Global Study of Effective Practice released in 2009 and published as Reaching Boys, Teaching Boys: Strategies That Work – And Why (2010). A second project, Locating Significance in the Lives of Boys, was released in December, 2011. A third project, For Whom the Boy Toils: The Primacy of Relationship in Boys’ Learning, appeared in 2013, and was published as I Can Learn From You: Boys as Relational Learners by Harvard Education Press in 2014. This research program includes project schools from around the world, involves boys as well as teachers, and provides practical direction for the real world of our schools. A research project based on Workshops for Master Teachers held at the Buckley School, New York, Eton College in the UK and Scotch College in Melbourne, Australia will report on best practices in teaching boys and on supporting the professional growth of teachers towards mastery will report later in 2014.
At the heart of our work together is guiding boys on the journey to manhood for lives of achievement and fulfillment, compassion and justice, and service and leadership.