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December 2017

Dear friends,


As we wrap up another exciting year, thank you for your unwavering dedication to educating boys around the globe. We hope the resources in each issue of The Compass bolster your efforts and spark creativity and innovation. Please let us know how we can continue to improve and serve you better.

We'd also like to thank Kathy Blaisdell for her faithful years of service to our IBSC community and wish her well as she embarks on her next adventure. Please welcome Aaron Fuehrer, our new Director of Information Technology.

Joyful wishes and best of luck to everyone in 2018!


David M. Armstrong
Executive Director, IBSC


Add Staff to Your School Profile in the IBSC Member Center

Keep your faculty and staff in the loop. Remember to add their contact details to your school profile in the new IBSC Member Center. Then everyone at your school can take advantage of exclusive member benefits like IBSC Action Research, transgender resources, global research initiatives, the Why a School for Boys? brochure, member directory and logo, and more.

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Access New IBSC Action Research on Collaboration

Explore all 38 research reports from the 2016-17 IBSC Action Research Program — available exclusively to IBSC members. Gain valuable insight from action research conducted by colleagues at boys' schools worldwide focusing on Collaboration and the Power of Learning Groups

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2018 IBSC Annual Conference

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

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Present a Workshop at the IBSC Annual Conference

Examine, debate, and contest the methods educators use to prepare boys for the future. Present a workshop at the 2018 IBSC Annual Conference.  Share your expertise with colleagues — submit a workshop proposal by December 15, 2017.


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Call for Nominations for the 2018 IBSC Student Forum

Nominate one of your students to engage in this exciting international event designed specifically for boys in the penultimate year of high school. Held in conjunction with the IBSC Annual Conference in Australia in July, the IBSC Student Forum provides an opportunity for boys to investigate a complex problem, analyzing it from multiple viewpoints

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Making Headlines

Teen boys discuss the pressures of becoming a man: 'Confusing' and 'frustrating'
Suzanne Yeo
ABC News
A group of fathers were surprised to discover the struggles their sons face as a teenager today, especially when it comes to navigating traditional ideas of masculinity and making good decisions about drugs and alcohol, during a social experiment set up by "Good Morning America." 

Eton College head: our young men need to be more gender-intelligent
Angus Chen
The Guardian
Simon Henderson says the school would support transgender pupils but it had not been faced with that particular situation.

Students do better in single-sex schools – study
Brett Henebery
The Educator
A new study has found that converting educational environments from single-sex to co-ed leads to falling academic results for both boys and girls.

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

Upcoming Events

Boys in the College Counseling Process and Beyond
McCallie School
Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

February 4-6, 2018
Get more details.

IBSC-NYSAIS Educating Boys Conference
The Buckley School

New York, New York, United States
February 16, 2018
Get more details.

IBSC Africa Regional Conference

Balgowan, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
March 8-10, 2018
Get more details.

Boys as Makers
University School

Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States
April 26-28, 2018
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IBSC Admissions and Marketing Conference
Montgomery Bell Academy

Nashville, Tennessee, United States
May 7-8, 2018
Get more details.

Mental Wealth: Well-Being to Nurture Personal Achievement
The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School

Elstree Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
May 16, 2018
Get more details.

2018 IBSC Student Forum
The Southport School

Gold Coast, Australia
July 2-6, 2018
Get more details.

2018 IBSC Annual Conference
The Southport School

Gold Coast, Australia
July 8-11 2018
Get more details.

Online Classes

February 5 - March 2, 2018


Join your colleagues from around the globe February 5 - March 2, 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 within your schedule.

Welcome New Members!

Desborough Colleges
Maidenhead, United Kingdom

Rongotai College
Wellington, New Zealand

George Jackson Academy
New York, New York, United States

St. Paul's Choir School
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Iona College
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


Member Story:

Harrow School Shares a Wide Welcome

See firsthand how Head Master Jim Hawkins welcomes boys to a new year at Harrow School. He not only motivates students for the upcoming year but also sets the stage for a lifetime of learning. Sharing the uplifting video publicly spreads the message to families — including potential new students. Watch this welcome video to learn more about this school steeped in tradition that prepares boys for the future.


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.

Sponsor the 2018 IBSC Annual Conference

We invite you to sponsor the 2018 IBSC Annual Conference, July 8 - 11, at The Southport School on the breathtaking Gold Coast of Australia. Review the sponsorship packages to see which option fits your needs best.


Please share this with your favorite partners.

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