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September 2018

Greetings friends,


Welcome to another information-packed edition of The Compass, your quarterly newsletter from IBSC. As together we champion boys' education worldwide, we hope the resources below will guide you on your journey to discover best learning practices to unlock the potential of every boy. In addition to these new tools, please take time to reflect on the many lessons learned when our community gathered for the 2018 IBSC Annual Conference in Gold Coast last July – and mark your calendar for the 2019 IBSC Annual Conference at Selwyn House School in Montréal, Québec, Canada, June 26 – 29.


Best of luck to everyone in the new school year and term!

David M. Armstrong
Executive Director, IBSC


Access New IBSC Action Research on Adaptability

Explore more than 30 research reports from the 2017-18 IBSC Action Research Program — available exclusively to IBSC members. Gain valuable insight from action research conducted by colleagues at boys' schools worldwide focusing on Adaptability in a Changing World

Learn more.

A New Tool to Strengthen Relational Teaching with Boys

IBSC has partnered with Michael Reichert on an in-depth research project focused on relational teaching. Get a glimpse of his findings to date, along with a special offer for IBSC member schools to enage with the Situational Judgment Test for Educators of Boys.

Learn more.

Why a School for Boys?


Based on the popular Why a School for Boys? brochure, IBSC member schools collaborated to produce a brand new video version. Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible, especially Brad Gioia and Montgomery Bell Academy (United States) for leading the global effort. Remember, the brochure and video are available exclusively to IBSC members to post on their websites or print.


Learn more.


A New Dimension of Education

The world has changed. Schools must change, too. What boys need to succeed in the 21st century are skills that computers don't have: imagination and creativity, social-emotional awareness, and the ability to problem solve, think critically, and communicate. World-renowned psychiatrist Dr. Shimi Kang explains how our schools can prepare boys for an evolving future.

Read more.

2019 IBSC Annual Conference

Save the date! Join more than 600 boys' educators, colleagues, and friends June 26-29, for the 2019 IBSC Annual Conference in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Selwyn House School will host our delegates as together we explore the theme Boys and the Arts: Great Minds, Big Hearts.


Get more details.


Making Headlines

The All-Boys High School Producing GOP Bigwigs
Michelle Hackman
The Wall Street Journal
"Mr. Kavanaugh and others say their experience at the all-boys school in a suburb north of Washington pushed them to take on volunteer activities, undertake service trips and consider public careers."  

Are single-gender schools still relevant?
The Seattle Times
"Sometimes dismissed as old-fashioned, single-gender institutions, according to several studies, create an environment that fosters social and academic skills needed in today's world."

New research shows boys do better at single-sex schools
Education Central
"New research shows that over the period from 2013 to 2016, young men from single sex boys' schools have gained NCEA qualifications, University Entrance and New Zealand Scholarship passes in greater proportions than their counterparts at co-educational schools."

Read more news stories impacting boys' education at our Education Headlines page.

Upcoming Events

IBSC Teachers New to Boys' Schools Conference

October 25 – 27, 2018

The Roxbury Latin School

West Roxbury, Massachusetts, United States
Get more details.

IBSC Teachers New to Boys' Schools and Aspiring Master Teachers Conference

November 2, 2018

Harrow School

London, United Kingdom
Get more details.

Online Classes

October 9 - November 2, 2018 


Join colleagues from around the globe in one of these online classes designed specifically for boys' educators at all career stages. Engage on your own, flexible timetable. You can choose when you complete the four hours of weekly coursework to fit best in your schedule.

The Self-Motivated Boy: Developing Future-Ready Leadership in the Classroom


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


Welcome, New Members!

John Paul College
Daisy Hill, Queensland, Australia

St. Charles College
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Marist College Ashgrove
Ashgrove West, Queensland, Australia

The Webb Schools
Claremont, California, United States

Medbury School
Christchurch, New Zealand

Xavier High School
New York, New York, United States

Member Story:

Boys' Latin Helps Puerto Rico Recovery Effort

The Boys' Latin School of Maryland (United States) sent students and staff to Puerto Rico to provide service to small communities still recovering from Hurricane Maria and bracing for the upcoming hurricane season. Every step of the way, the group worked alongside the local community performing a variety of chores. Despite working hard in blistering heat, the students were determined not to let the conditions slow them down. The boys came away from the trip with a new sense of gratitude and perspective. Read more about the Boys' Latin service trip.


Glimpse the many wonderful ways IBSC schools champion boys' education around the globe at our Member School Stories web page. We'd like to highlight your school, too.  Please send a link to janicki@theibsc.org showcasing an innovative idea, program, or event that makes your school special. Links to videos, web pages, presentations, or other media welcome. Thank you.

Tweets from Colleagues at the

2018 IBSC Annual Conference

More than 600 delegates attended the 2018 IBSC Annual Conference last July. We thank our engaging community of boys' educators for sharing the best practices you learned, inspiring ideas you created with colleagues, and your thoughts! Please keep the conversation going @BoysSchools.

Read more at #IBSCAC.

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