March 2017

Dear friends,


Hopefully the year started off well for you and the resources below strengthen your work each day to serve boys. Already this year I have had the good fortune to meet with numerous boys' educators in all five of our global regions, including groups of boys' school heads in the United Kingdom, United States, and most recently in India. The meeting in Delhi, India, was inspirational and resulted in the recruitment of several new IBSC member schools throughout the subcontinent — please join me in welcoming them! While many of us face various challenges unique in our regions, we unite in our determination to create opportunities for boys worldwide.

We hope you will continue to take advantage of your IBSC membership benefits, including joining us in Baltimore this June for the 2017 IBSC Annual Conference. Let's champion boys' education together.

With best regards,

David M. Armstrong
Executive Director, IBSC


Volunteer for an IBSC Committee

The IBSC Board of Trustees consists of a diverse group of global educators with varying expertise and professional experience. Five standing committees guide and execute its work: Finance and Operations, Membership, Program, Research, and Trustee. The committees are comprised of Trustees, along with dedicated volunteers with particular expertise in the global boys' school community. Are you interested in joining the work of the IBSC? The committees always seek dedicated volunteers interested in engaging with the Coalition and boys' education globally who can share lessons and experiences from their schools.

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2017 IBSC Annual Conference

Register now for the 2017 IBSC Annual Conference! Join more than 600 boys' educators, colleagues, and friends 25-28 June, in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. The Boys' Latin School of Maryland will host our delegates as together we explore the theme Beyond Innovation: Creativity, Discovery, and Engagement.


Read about the dynamic speakers who will spark our imaginations and the 80+ workshops offered by expert colleagues.


Get more details.

Engage in the IBSC Teacher Exchange


The new IBSC Teacher Exchange provides a forum for member schools to connect and explore possible faculty exchanges. Schools take responsibility for posting their interest, keeping information current, and contacting partner schools. Together schools will work out exchange timeframes, economic considerations, and other arrangements. You can opt for a short visit to observe how a different school functions on a daily basis or you can exchange a teacher with another school for a full term or year. It's an ideal way to share best practices in our global boys' school community.


Learn more.

Build Confidence Through Leadership in Elementary Boys

Crescent School in Toronto, Ontario, Canada teamed with leading researchers to create the Crescent School Elementary Research Collaborative. Following up on global studies by Michael Reichert and Richard Hawley, the school's results echoed that boys are relational learners and the quality of the relationship between the boy and his teacher is a key factor in determining the quality of the learning. Crescent School adds an eighth gesture: Building Confidence Through Leadership. Use this blueprint to develop strategies to maximize best practices.


Read the Crescent School report.

Download the latest research report from Michael Reichert.

Get a Free Copy of Boys Adrift

Dr. Leonard Sax has generously offered to send a free copy of his book Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men to all heads of IBSC member schools. Read about his practical solutions and effective strategies for re-engaging boys in school. He also includes tips for parents about everything from homework, to video games, to medication.

Request your free copy now.

Making Headlines

Mindfulness Is All the Rage—But Does It Work?
Youki Terada

The research shows that mindfulness reduces student stress and even improves academic outcomes.

Not All Fun And Games: New Guidelines Urge Schools To Rethink Recess
Sophia Alvarez Boyd
Research has shown that play helps students pay attention in class, prevents bullying and develops social and emotional learning.

Talking to Your Children About Racism
Shimi Kang, MD
U.S. News & World Report
Prejudice can affect kids' mental health. Teach kids how to stand up for themselves and their peers.

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

Upcoming Events

2017 IBSC-Africa Regional Conference: Schoolboys and Leadership
St. Andrew's College

Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
9-11 March 2017
Get more details.

Health and Wellbeing Summit

Crescent School

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
28 April 2017
Get more details.

The Family School Relationship
ViarĂ³ Global School

Barcelona, Spain
10 March 2017
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Enhancing the Lives of Boys Through the Arts
Selwyn House School

Montreal, Quebec, Canada
4-6 May 2017
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Teachers New to Boys' Schools
The Scots College

Sydney, Australia
11-13 April 2017
Get more details.

2017 IBSC Student Forum
The Boys' Latin School of Maryland and Gilman School

Baltimore, Maryland, United States
23-28 June 2017
Get more details.

2017 IBSC Annual Conference
The Boys' Latin School of Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland, United States
25-28 June 2017
Get more details.

Online Class


Building Leadership in Schools for Boys

17 July - 11 August 2017


Current and aspiring leaders, join a cohort of fellow boys' school educators to develop your leadership capacity as well as boost team leadership within your school. Delve into the unique mission, expertise, and culture of boys' schools in relation to the challenges and opportunities for effective leadership. Engage in the online course on your own, flexible timetable. You choose when to complete the four hours of weekly coursework to fit your schedule best.

Get more details.

Welcome New Members!

Berwick Grammar School
Officer, Victoria, Australia

St. Peter's College
Auckland, New Zealand

East Bay School for Boys
Berkeley, California, United States

Evan Kanouse III
Patterson, New York, United States

Gisborne Boys' High School
Gisborne, New Zealand

Elizabeth McLaughlin
New Delhi, India

Holy Ghost Preparatory School
Bensalem, Pennsylvania, United States

Peter McLaughlin
New Delhi, India

Member Story:

Armour for Life

Boys don't just spend five years of their life at Michaelhouse, a boarding school for boys set amid the rolling green hills of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands in South Africa, providing secondary education from E Block (Grade 8) to A Block (Grade 12). From the minute they arrive, the place and everything it means seeps into their skin and soaks into their marrow, becoming a massive part of the men they will grow into. Learn more about the school's Armour for Life.


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 showcasing an innovative idea, program, or event that makes your school special. Links to videos, web pages, presentations, or other media welcome. Thank you.

Hire Your Ideal Candidate

Let IBSC help you find your ideal candidate who shares your passion and expertise for educating boys. IBSC members get exclusive, free access to post job openings on the Career Postings page. 

Learn more.

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