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December 2018

Greetings friends,


As we wrap up another eventful year, thank you for your steadfast devotion to educating boys to lead fulfilling lives. We hope the resources in each issue of The Compass spark creativity and innovation in your efforts to develop boys' minds and hearts. Please let us know how we can continue to improve and serve you better.


Joyful wishes and best of luck to everyone in 2019!

David M. Armstrong
Executive Director, IBSC


IBSC Supports Boys

Recent publicized events in North America have raised questions about the effectiveness of boys' schools teaching moral conduct, especially respect for women. All IBSC members have no tolerance in any schools for disrespect, unkindness, or violence. We strive to create communities where compassion, gentleness, and kindness are foremost in hearts, mind, and mission. We know and care for each young man.

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Responsible Sexual Citizenship in Today's World

IBSC has partnered with McGill University Professor Ada L. Sinacore to conduct a study on Responsible Sexual Citizenship in Today's World: The Challenges Confronting Boys. This study promises to provide valuable source data, resources, and a practical guide for this global issue challenging all our communities. Please participate in the study.

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Research Report: Character Education in Schools for Boys

As our schools around the globe strive to equip boys with the tools they need to lead fulfilling lives, developing strong character lies at the heart of our efforts. May the findings this report illuminates light your way to improve the lives of boys worldwide. Thank you to CIRCLE for leading this research and all the schools that contributed to it. 

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It All Turns on Rapport and Regard


What's the rocket fuel for a fulfilling and accomplished life? The value of rapport is important for every member of the human community. For boys, it is an invitation to be part of a world larger than themselves; a chance to know the pleasures and responsibility of growing up, explains psychologist Adam Cox.


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2019 IBSC Annual Conference

Registration in now open! 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.


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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 2019 IBSC Annual Conference. Share your expertise with colleagues — submit a workshop proposal by December 14, 2018.


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Making Headlines

Boy Talk: Breaking Masculine Stereotypes
Andrew Reiner
The New York Times 
"Some pioneering programs are teaching boys to question gender roles, both for their own well-being and as a way to prevent sexual violence."  

In single-sex schools, gender stereotypes are void 
Kevin Stannard

"When boys and girls are educated separately, both have an increased awareness of equality, writes Dr Kevin Stannard."

This Is Why Men Still Struggle to Talk About Mental Health 

Benjy Hansen-Bundy

"Traditional masculinity doesn't exactly lend itself to introspection, discussing feelings, or even feeling those feelings. But masculinity is evolving."

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

Upcoming Events

IBSC Teachers New to Boys' Schools and Aspiring Master Teachers Conference (Part 1)

February 1, 2019

Harrow School

London, United Kingdom
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IBSC Facilities in Boys' Schools Conference

February 11 – 12, 2019

St. Mark's School of Texas

Dallas, Texas, United States
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IBSC Southern Africa Conference

March 7 – 9, 2019

Pretoria Boys' High School

Pretoria, South Africa
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IBSC School Well-Being Conference

April 5, 2019

Crescent School

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Educating Good Men for the 21st Century with CSEE

April 15 – 16, 2019

Trinity School

New York, New York, United States
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IBSC Teachers New to Boys' Schools Conference

April 15 – 17, 2019

Scotch College

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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IBSC the Culture of a Boys' School Conference

May 2 – 4, 2019

Montgomery Bell Academy

Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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IBSC Teachers New to Boys' Schools and Aspiring Master Teachers Conference (Part 2)

May 10, 2019

Summer Fields

Oxford, United Kingdom
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Online Classes

February 11 - March 8, 2019 


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.

Building Leadership in Schools for Boys


Mastery Practice in Teaching Boys


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


Welcome, New Members!

Christ School 
Arden, North Carolina, United States

Trinity Preparatory School
Winter Park, Florida, United States

Randolph School
Huntsville, Alabama, United States

Member Story:

Blue Ridge School's Active Classroom

Sitting still and staying focused on formulas, equations, and practice problems for an hour challenges most people, but can prove especially difficult for boys in 10th and 11th grades. Jim Douglas, a math teacher at Blue Ridge School (United States), knows this better than anyone. To create the opportunity for students to move without sacrificing class time, Douglas relied on his action research and installed small DeskCycle bike pedal units under each student desk in his classroom. Find out how this creative idea boosts boys' engagement.


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.

The Power of Relational Engagement to Transform Elementary School Boys

Richard Hawley and Linda Rohler share the importance of relational teaching in the younger years. Students' willingness to engage in and master school challenges reflects the depth of their teachers' commitment to the twin crafts of classroom management and instruction. Boys are most inclined to relate to teachers whose care for them is inseparable from their commitment to their work. Personal warmth is essential, but it is not enough.

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