Mission and Vision
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 school members from over 20 countries and 5 continents. Among the nations represented are: Argentina, Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, China, 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 non-denominational schools, independent and state schools.
- Although the Coalition is legally incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in the United States, its vision was international from the beginning. The IBSC is governed by a Board of Trustees with international representation and with 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
The International Boys’ Schools Coalition is an international membership organization that has developed a global coalition of schools dedicated to enhancing the development of boys through education. The primary focus of the IBSC is to determine the most effective teaching philosophies to guide boys on their journey to manhood; to equip them with the tools to lead lives of achievement, personal fulfilment, compassion and leadership; and, to share this knowledge among teaching professionals across the globe.
Our primary focus is:
- Identifying and sharing effective teaching philosophies to guide boys on their journey to manhood;
- Working with schools and educational leaders to equip boys with tools to enable lives of achievement, personal fulfilment, compassion, and leadership;
- Discovering and sharing this knowledge among teaching professionals worldwide.
A series of events held nationally and internationally are hosted each year at member schools, including the Annual Conference, which many consider to be 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 across 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.
The IBSC Annual Conference is recognized as being the premier professional development opportunity for those dedicated to the best learning practices for boys. Hosted annually at member schools around the world, the IBSC Annual Conference connects educators to unveil, discover and discuss leading educational practices and improved teaching methods, and foster the exchange of knowledge and ideas. The sharing of these ideas continues throughout the year with regional conferences all over the world and online professional development opportunities.