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March 2018

Dear friends,


Hopefully the year started off well for you and the resources below strengthen your work to serve boys. As a global group, we each face unique challenges in our regions, but we unite in our determination to equip boys with the tools to lead fulfilling lives. We continue to create more opportunities for engagement with each other using our new e-lists, online classes, social media, and professional events. We'd also love to hear the latest news from your school, so please add IBSC@theibsc.org to your school emails, newsletters, and other messaging.

Remember to take advantage of all your IBSC member benefits, including joining us on the Gold Coast of Australia this July for the 2018 IBSC Annual Conference.

See you Down Under!

David M. Armstrong
Executive Director, IBSC


Join an IBSC E-List

IBSC member schools span the globe. To keep us engaged with each other, IBSC launched an online community of e-lists to connect you with devoted boys' educators who share your passion — and your unique hurdles. Please join one to exchange ideas, questions, advice, resources, challenges, and successes. Teaming together we can continue to improve boys' education worldwide.

Join the conversation.

Transgender Conversations in Boys' Schools

As we continue to examine the issues facing boys' schools regarding transgender persons, the IBSC Transgender Task Force has developed these guidelines to help schools consider how they can best support students who are in the process of questioning their identity or who have confirmed their gender identity

Learn more.

Nominate a Colleague for the
2018 IBSC Hawley-Jarvis Award

Recognize the faithful leadership and service of a colleague by nominating them for the 2018 IBSC Hawley-Jarvis Award. In July, we'll present this distinguished award to an employee of an IBSC member school during the 2018 IBSC Annual Conference in Gold Coast, Australia.


Get more details.

2018 IBSC Annual Conference

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. Read about the dynamic speakers who will spark our imaginations during plenary sessions and featured workshops.

Get more details.


Add Staff to Your School Profile in the IBSC Member Center

Ensure your staff can register for IBSC events, participate in our new e-lists, and take advantage of all exclusive member benefits like IBSC Action Research, transgender resources, and global research initiatives. Add staff member contact details to your school profile in the IBSC Member Center to keep your entire school connected with IBSC. Then each faculty and staff member should create their own password for their username, which is their school email. 

Learn more.

Making Headlines

Toxic masculinity in boys is fueling an epidemic of loneliness
NBC News
One developmental psychologist says America's toxic masculine culture kills young boys' friendships right as boys are expected to "grow up" into men, and those loss of friendships may echo throughout men's lives. 

9 ways to help boys form the close friendships they crave
Phyllis Fagell
The Washington Post
If we want to lower the odds that they'll struggle with relationships or risky behavior down the road, we must show them how to achieve emotional intimacy.

The Importance of Fostering Emotional Diversity in Boys
June Gruber and
Jessica L. Borelli
Scientific American
Boys grow up in a world inhabited by a narrower range of emotions... This is all the more concerning given that research from Harvard Medical School shows that boys are in fact more emotionally expressive than girls.

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

Upcoming Events

Conducting and Embedding Research in Boys' Schools
King Edward's School
Birmingham, United Kingdom

March 7, 2018
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IBSC -Africa Regional Conference

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

Rewriting the Narrative: Guiding Boys in an Age of Extremes
St. Christopher's School

Richmond, Virginia, United States
April 5-6, 2018
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IBSC Relational Learning with Boys Conference
St. Augustine High School

San Diego, California, United States
April 20, 2018
Get more details.

IBSC Admissions and Marketing Conference
Montgomery Bell Academy

Nashville, Tennessee, United States
May 6-8, 2018
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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 Pre-Conference Adventures
Hosted by The Scots College

Sydney & Kangaroo Valley, Australia
July 3-5, 2018
Get more details.

2018 IBSC Annual Conference
The Southport School

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

Online Class

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


April 9 - May 4, 2018


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!

Covenant Preparatory School
Hartford, Connecticut, United States

St. Birinus School
Didcot, Oxon, United Kingdom

Ignatius Park College
Townsville, Queensland, Australia

Saint Louis School
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

King Edward VI Aston School
Birmingham, United Kingdom

Strake Jesuit College Preparatory
Houston, Texas, United States

King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys
Birmingham, United Kingdom

Barcelona, Spain

Palma School
Salinas, California, United States

Xaverian Brothers High School
Westwood, Massachusetts, United States

St. Augustine's College
Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Member Story:

St. Albans School of Public Service

The St. Albans School of Public Service (United States) lasts only four weeks each summer, but students describe it as "life-changing." The unique program brings 35-40 rising high school seniors from all over the United States and the world to Washington, DC, where they undertake an in-depth exploration of government, politics, and public service. Students combine case-study method in the classroom with visits to places such as the White House (see students below). There's still time for your students to apply for this hands-on learning experience. Watch this introductory video for more details.


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.

Take a Pre-Conference Adventure in Sydney!

Before the 2018 IBSC Annual Conference on the Gold Coast, go on a Pre-Conference Adventure. The Scots College is delighted to host a special professional learning experience with a difference July 3-5. Join us in Sydney and the Kangaroo Valley to deepen your understanding of the transformative power of taking learning beyond the classroom and engaging boys in real-world experiences that form their character and prepare them to thrive in an uncertain future.

Get more details.


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