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.
- The current roster includes several hundred member schools from more than 20 countries and five continents. Nations represented include Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, China, Ecuador, India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, Uruguay, United States, and Zimbabwe.
- Membership in the IBSC includes day and boarding schools, primary and secondary schools, denominational and nondenominational schools, independent and state schools.
- Although IBSC is legally incorporated as a nonprofit organization in the United States, our global vision existed from the start. A Board of Trustees governs IBSC, with international representation and regional Vice Presidents.
- The mailing address of the IBSC is PO Box 3165, La Jolla, CA 92038.
- The organization is currently led by the Executive Director and Associate Executive Director. It is supported by the Assistant Executive Director (Technology and Membership), Director of Communications, and Accounts Manager
Our Primary Focus
Dedicated to enhancing the development of boys through education, IBSC strives to:
- Identify and share effective teaching philosophies to guide boys on their journey to manhood.
- Work with schools and educational leaders to equip boys with tools to enable lives of achievement, personal fulfillment, compassion, and leadership.
- Discover and share this knowledge among teaching professionals worldwide.
What We Do
IBSC member schools host a series of events nationally and internationally, including the IBSC Annual Conference, which many consider the premier professional development experience for teachers.
The IBSC strives to understand boys’ learning and development through research, and seeks to improve practice, opportunity, and outcomes for boys around the world.
Today, membership in the IBSC champions the very best in boys’ education and offers a unique opportunity to share and pioneer boys’ schooling around the globe.
Key programs include:
- Hosting an annual conference at a member school.
- Facilitating local conferences, workshops and events in all the global regions of the IBSC.
- Facilitating visits and tours by prominent speakers about boys and boys' education
- Coordinating Action Research in Boys’ Schools, a world-leading program that brings together teams of teachers who engage in action research project on teaching boys. The reports are published annually.
- Conducting and publishing research on teaching boys and on boys’ issues in education. Teaching Boys: A Global Study of Effective Practice reported in 2009. It was published in a modified form by Jossey-Bass as Reaching Boys, Teaching Boys: Strategies That Work – And Why (2010). A second project, Locating Significance in the Lives of Boys, was published in December, 2011. A third project,For Whom the Boy Toils: The Primacy of Relationship in Boys’ Learning, reported in April, 2013 and will be published by Harvard Education Press as I Can Learn From You: Boys as Relational Learners in March, 2014.
- Supporting a web-site for communication and posting of materials about the IBSC program and of relevance to member schools.
- Facilitating international teacher and student exchange in the IBSC community. The first three Student Forums were held in conjunction with the 2013, 2014, and 2015 annual conferences; the fourth will take place during the 2016 annual conference.
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.