June 2016

Dear friends, 

Welcome to the inaugural edition of The Compass, the quarterly newsletter of the International Boys' Schools Coalition. As together we champion boys' education worldwide, we hope the tools and resources below will guide you on the journey to discover best learning practices to unlock the potential of every boy. Please send us comments or suggestions for resources at so we can innovate and improve The Compass.

For those traveling to Vancouver next week for the 2016 IBSC Annual Conference at St. George's School, we look forward to gathering together to celebrate boys' education.


David M. Armstrong
Executive Director, IBSC


Why a School for Boys?


While young men and boys can and do excel in many types of educational institutions, schools for boys focus with intention on learning that addresses not only how to excel in academics but also how to grow into a man of integrity and empathy. Use this professionally researched and designed brochure to communicate the value of a boys' school education to families and your community.

Download the brochure now.

Research Report: Mastery Practice in Teaching Boys

In April, IBSC published a new research report available exclusively to member schools and the communities they serve. Mastery Practice in Teaching Boys details research from three different countries and educational systems conducted with teachers identified for their exemplary expertise in teaching boys. We sought to discover what it is - in every part of their practice - that distinguishes master teachers' performance from that of teachers who have not yet reached this level of achievement. Woven throughout the report, you'll find abundant and rich commentaries about what these master teachers told us are the specific challenges and opportunities for teaching boys. Plus, infographics examining the data offer you quick reference to complex topics.


Download the report now.


Transgender Resources for Educators


As we seek to better understand the needs and experiences of transgender and gender-nonconforming students, faculty, staff, and parents in our school communities, rely on these timely resources that offer a wide range of information for educators.

Read more.

2016 IBSC Annual Conference

We look forward to seeing the 600 members who will join us this weekend at St. George's School in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Safe travels!

Whether you join us in Vancouver or from afar, follow #IBSCAC on Twitter to keep up with all the new ideas - and share your own.


Plus, remember to download the mobile app to navigate the conference like a pro.

Action Research Projects


Get a sneak peek at the 2015-16 IBSC Action Research Program final projects that focus on Boys as Global Citizens. The researchers, who are all boys' educators from member schools, will report their full findings in Vancouver next week at the 2016 IBSC Annual Conference.


Learn more.

Making Headlines

'Boys, as well as girls, perform better in single-sex schools'
By Sarah Burns
The Telegraph
Little is written about achievement in boys' schools, with perceptions skewed by Tom Brown's School Days. Sarah Burns sets the record straight.

Students can thrive in single-gender education
By Art Bartell
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Now, the sciences that study how children learn and even the physical structure of the human brain are focusing on the single-gender component of a child's educational experience. Their conclusion: Boys learn differently than girls.

Science says parents of successful kids have these 13 things in common
By Rachel Gillett and Drake Baer
Tech Insider
And while there isn't a set recipe for raising successful children, psychology research has pointed to a handful of factors that predict success.

Upcoming Events

Boys' Art Symposium:
Collaborate - Innovate

St. Edmund's College

Canberra, Australia
29 June - 1 July 2016
Get more details.

Bringing out Creative Expression in Boys
Royal Grammar School

Guildford, United Kingdom
4 July 2016

Get more details.

Academic Care: Exploring the Links Between Well-Being, Resilience, and Academic Achievement
Scotch College

Melbourne, Australia
14 - 15 September 2016
Get more details.

Helping Boys Cope with a Rapidly Changing World
Eton College

Windsor, United Kingdom
27 September 2016
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2016 Conference on Coordinate Education

Presented by NCGS and IBSC

St. Paul's School for Girls and St. Paul's School

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

20 - 21 October 2016

Get more details.

Submit a workshop proposal by July 15, 2016 at 10 PM EDT.

OSB Event

Single-Gender Education: A Course for Teachers New to Boys' Schools

25 July - 19 August 2016

10 October - 4 November 2016

Connect and collaborate with other teachers to explore best practice and research in boys' classrooms in this online course created specifically for teachers newly hired at boys' schools. Learn from panels of school heads, alumni, experienced teachers, and new teachers from around the globe. Discover ways to create a collaborative student-centered learning space, including how technology can help achieve your goals. Ultimately, you'll gain a sharper understanding of what it means to work in a boys' school and how you can cultivate a classroom atmosphere and curriculum that maximize how boys learn. Plus, you'll develop a personal network of peers worldwide.


Learn more.


Welcome, New Members

Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys
Baltimore, Maryland

United States


Colégio Catamarã Referência
São Paulo, Brazil

Graeme College
Grahamstown, South Africa

Michael J. Perkins Elementary School
South Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Nativity Preparatory School
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States

North Point School for Boys
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Patrician Brothers' College
Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia

The Regis School of the Sacred Heart
Houston, Texas, United States

Sandbach School
Sandbach, Cheshire,

United Kingdom

St. Andrew's School
Bloemfontein, Free State,

South Africa


Member Story:
Be Global. Think Global. Act Global.

Watch this YouTube video to learn how the Viaró Global School in Barcelona, Spain, connects its students with people all over the world. The school champions boys' education around the globe with engaging programs like a student exchange with a school in South Africa.

Thank You to Our Sponsors


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