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September 2017

Dear friends,


Welcome to another edition of The Compass quarterly newsletter. 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. Please take time to explore the new IBSC Member Center. Remember to update your password to access your full benefits. Then reflect on the many lessons learned when our community gathered for the 2017 IBSC Annual Conference in Baltimore last June — and mark your calendar for the 2018 IBSC Annual Conference at The Southport School in Gold Coast, Australia, 8 – 11 July. See you Down Under!


David M. Armstrong
Executive Director, IBSC


New IBSC Member Center Launches Online

Connect with dedicated educators worldwide to discover and share best learning practices for boys in the new IBSC Member Center, available exclusively to IBSC members. Access IBSC Action Research, global research initiatives, the Why a School for Boys? brochure, member directory, and more. We'll continue to add more benefits, so remember to update your password today.

Learn more.

Updated Transgender Resources Available

As we try to better understand the needs and experiences of transgender and gender-nonconforming students, faculty, staff, and parents in our school communities, the IBSC Transgender Task Force seeks to collect more resources that offer a wide range of information for educators. As this area continues to evolve, please share any helpful information you find with our community. You may send it to us at IBSC@theibsc.org

Learn more.

2017 IBSC Annual Conference Engages Educators in Creativity and Discovery

In June, 608 boys' educators representing 120 schools, 12 countries, and five continents gathered at The Boys' Latin School of Maryland in Baltimore to embrace creativity, discovery, and engagement at the 2017 IBSC Annual Conference. Relive the inspirational moments in videos of the keynote speakers. Plus, explore best practices in boys' education found in workshop handouts from all the expert colleagues who shared them with us

Watch speaker videos and more.

Tweets from Colleagues at the
2017 IBSC Annual Conference

Natasha Mitchell‏ @tashmit1971 Jun 25
The only way to be empathetic is to be uncomfortable @iamwesmoore #ibscac


Jennifer Liu‏ @msjenniferliu Jun 26
"The Script" (socially codified force); educators&parents must equip boys w/ emotionally honest vocab #IBSCAC @BoysSchools #AndrewReiner


Trevor Bonat‏ @bonatonit Jun 26
Love conferences where you stumble upon artifacts of a boy-centered culture Thx @BoysLatinSchool for hosting. #themaskswewear #IBSCAC


Mackenzie Neale‏ @MackenzieNeale Jun 26
"Inspiration is an intentional act [and] perfection doesn't exist in good creative action" wise words by Courtney Ferrell #IBSCAC


Miguel Dionis‏ @dioniseducation Jun 26
#RESILIENCY is one of the need that you need to work with your students and avoid the fear to fail. Daniels president @JohnsHopkins #IBSCAC


Tye Campbell‏ @TyeJCampbell Jun 27
The over-scheduling of our students can limit their appreciation for the process, for "the moment," for "now" #IBSCAC


Alex Zequeira‏ @SJHS_HM Jun 27
Healthy masculinity is an important topic - blessed to hear @JoeEhrmann76 @BoysLatinSchool #IBSCAC @SJShrewsbury


Alfred F. Dugan III‏ @rikdugan Jun 27
Joy in #making - Beyond #Innovation @PrincetonAcadSH @BoysSchools #IBSCAC - teacher steps back, student steps forward


Pieter Van der Schyf‏ @schyff_pieter Jun 27
#IBSCAC not just the speakers that motivate and inspire. Engaging with the delegates as well. Conference exceeding all expectations

Read more at #IBSCAC.

2018 IBSC Annual Conference

Save the date! Join more than 600 boys' educators, colleagues, and friends 8-11 July for the 2018 IBSC Annual Conference on the Gold Coast, Australia. The Southport School will host our delegates as together we explore the theme Our Boys, Their Future: Learning to Lead.


Get more details.


Making Headlines

Face it: Boys learn differently than girls, and that's OK
Christopher J. Post
The Baltimore Sun
Boys learn differently than girls. They just do. It's something we should embrace, not shy away from

Having A Best Friend In Your Teenage Years Could Benefit You For Life
Angus Chen
The research suggests that bonds from adolescence might have an outsized role in a person's mental health for years.

Baltimore Hosts Global Education Conference
Chris Papst
Fox 45 News
Educators at this conference embrace how boys learn differently than girls. And it doesn't matter what state, country, or continent they are from. They all deserve unique attention.

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

Upcoming Events

Bucking the Trend — What Works for Boys
Prince Alfred College
Kent Town, Adelaide, South Australia

14-15 September 2017
Get more details. 

Teachers New to Boys' Schools
The Roxbury Latin School

West Roxbury, Massachusetts, United States
26-28 October 2017
Get more details. 

The Self-Motivated Boy: Developing Future-Ready Leadership in the Classroom
Online Class
9 October - 3 November 2017
Get more details. 

Single-Gender Education: A Course for Teachers New to Boys' Schools
Online Class
9 October - 3 November 2017
Get more details. 

Building Leadership in Schools for Boys
Online Class
5 February - 2 March 2018
Get more details. 

Mastery Practice in Teaching Boys
Online Class
5 February - 2 March 2018
Get more details. 

Online Class

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

9 October - 3 November 2017


Join colleagues from around the globe for The Self-Motivated Boy, an online course led by psychiatrist and best-selling author Dr. Shimi Kang. Drawing on irrefutable science and unforgettable stories, Dr. Kang illuminates how to prepare boys to develop the key future-ready skills required for success in our rapidly changing, fast-paced, ultracompetitive, and highly connected modern world .

Get more details.

Welcome New Members!

Cranbrook Schools
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, United States

St. Ignatius College
Enfield, United Kingdom

Papplewick School
Ascot, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Saint John's High School
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, United States

Member Story:

The Eagle Academy Foundation Mentoring Program

Learn more about The Eagle Academy Foundation Mentoring Program in this video that aired on BET. The foundation develops and supports a network of all male, grades 6 through 12, college-preparatory schools in challenged, urban communities to educate and mentor young men into future leaders committed to excellence in character, scholastic achievement, and community service.


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.

Exchange Teachers or Visit Another School

The IBSC Teacher Exchange provides a forum for schools to connect and explore possible teacher exchanges with other IBSC member schools. Together schools work out timeframes, economic considerations, and other arrangements to fit the unique partnership. Exchange teachers from two schools, or opt for a visit ranging from a few days to several weeks. Discover firsthand best practices from boys' schools worldwide.

Learn more.

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La Jolla, CA 92038

United States

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