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2019 IBSC Annual Conference

Selwyn House School

Montréal, Québec, Canada
June 26 - 29


Workshop Block 4

Friday, June 28, 10:30 - 11:30 AM

You may download workshop materials from any presenter who shares them with us by clicking the link under the workshop description.

Be the Change! Taking Empathy from a Soft Skill to a Core Skill
Track: Boys and Mental Wellness
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: E1

Are your boys struggling to navigate this all-about-me world? Human connection is our single greatest tool in combating self-promotion and superficial relationships to cultivate caring leaders of tomorrow. Our four-part framework scaffolds the building blocks of empathy you can teach each day. Engage in pedagogical discussions and enjoy hands-on activities that foster these skills.
Presenters: Samara Spielberg and Camilla Iturralde, The Allen-Stevenson School (United States)

Boys and Music: An Essential and Engaging Experience

Track: Boys and the Arts
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: MS 3

Music offers boys a variety of ways to explore and create. Discuss how boys can unleash their inner musician and artist through an engaging and enriching curriculum, supplemented with activities and projects relevant in boys’ lives. Explore the importance of music in a boy’s life and how it helps with his social and emotional wellness.
Presenter: Mike Leone, University School (United States)

The Boys of Summer: Body, Soul, and Community

Track: The Heart of the Matter: Boys' Education
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: The Rossy Agora

Examine the practices and results from 14 years that Memphis University School has hosted the Summer SLAM (Scholar, Leaders, and Athletes in Memphis) Academy, including community engagement, feeder school pathways for admissions, and high academic achievement.
Presenters: Judson Peters, Eddie Batey, and Clay Smythe, Memphis University School (United States)

Building a Bold School Brand

Track: The Heart of the Matter: Boys' Education
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: Lucas Seminar Room

Bold School Brand is a framework to help school leaders position their school and build a compelling school brand. Branding often sounds too nebulous to offer any tangible value. Nothing could be further from the truth. Learn how to leverage brand strategy to reposition, differentiate, and market your school.
Presenter: Brad Entwistle, imageseven

Building an Irresistible Arts Community
Track: Boys and the Arts
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: MAC 2

Drawing on key research on creativity and collaboration, explore the development of an exciting arts community that is student centred, drives professional practice, draws on parental and community involvement, and encompasses the professional art world. Explore how these varying agencies engage boys in a rigorous, exciting, and rewarding investigation of art history and artmaking practice.
Presenter: Melanie Taylor, The King's School (Australia)

The Expressive Power of Film for Boys

Track: Boys and the Arts
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: MAC 4

Michael Oomens has taught film for over a decade, always encouraging students to tell stories about themselves. See student work that shows what boys can achieve when they have permission to explore their own lives. The results are often surprising, both academically and creatively.
Presenter: Michael Oomens, Prince Alfred College (Australia)

Increasing Fluency and Risk-Taking in a Second Language Through Drama and Music

Track: Boys and the Arts
Appeals to: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12), Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: The Library

Find out how second-language educators might increase risk-taking, confidence, and fluency using drama and music. Analyze current research studies conducted by Stinson, Kalogirou, Beaucoup and Whyte, Miccoli, and Godfrey that point to positive outcomes of using drama in a foreign language classroom.
Presenters: Mackenzie Neale and Kimberly Lynch, The Sterling Hall School (Canada)

Partnerships: A Conversation on Collaboration and Coordination

Track: The Heart of the Matter: Boys' Education
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: MS 6

Is your school part of a collaboration or a coordinate program with a sister school? Come share what’s working and hear ideas and best practices from IBSC colleagues. Join a facilitated conversation on topics ranging from mission appropriateness to defining and measuring success of programs.
Presenter: David Faus, St. Paul's School for Boys (United States)

Preparing Faculty for the Journey into Boys' Schools

Track: The Heart of the Matter: Boys' Education
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: Agora Classroom

How do we make sure faculty and staff are prepared for the unique experience of working in a boys' school? For five years, IBSC has offered an online experience that guides new faculty and staff through research and lessons, offering them the coaching and mentoring to find success. Learn about this program from course participants and facilitators.
Presenters: Corinne Dedini, One Schoolhouse; Joe Cox, LaJolla Country Day School (United States)

The Power of Performance Pieces in Academic Settings

Track: The Heart of the Matter: Boys' Education
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: F2

Learn the value of mock trials in social science courses at diverse grade levels. Review the mock trial process that encompasses experiential, project-based , play-based , and problem-based learning. Join us to think, explore, and see the value of having boys perform in an academic setting.
Presenter: Bruce Maxwell, Selwyn House School (Canada)

The Power of the Pause: Simple Practices for a Calm and Centered Classroom

Track: Boys and Mental Wellness
Appeals to: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12), Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: E2

Controlled breathing and mindful movement practices calm the nervous system and alleviate stress. Purposeful looking leads to deeper understanding of self, others, and the world. Learn techniques to incorporate into your school day for a calm, aware, and centered classroom.
Presenters: Jenna Boccella, Karen Davis, and Jamie MacNeille, Saint David's School (United States)

Real Men Do Drama

Track: Boys and the Arts
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: MAC 3

Discover how a performance project in year 8 challenged toxic masculinity views in our school and encouraged boys to reflect on male stereotypes. Walk step by step though the project with examples of the powerful work produced and examine the effect it had on the boys involved.
Presenter: Polly Higgins, King Edward's School (United Kingdom)

Research and Innovation: Networks and Opportunities Across IBSC

Track: The Heart of the Matter: Boys' Education
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: Student Success Centre

Research-engaged practice is increasingly recognized as critical to the success of any school in the 21st century, including boys’ schools aiming for excellence in forming young men. Join this roundtable discussion to hear about the latest projects of the IBSC Research Committee and school-based research centers on three continents, and explore opportunities to build deeper networks.
Presenters: Caitlin Munday and Ian Lambart, The Scots College (Australia); Kimberly Hudson and Laura Sabo, St. Christopher's School (United States); Iro Konstantinou, Eton College (United Kingdom)

Thinking About School Leadership

Track: The Heart of the Matter: Boys' Education
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: MS 5

Join this discussion among school leaders, members of leadership teams, and teachers considering leadership positions. The questions are simple: What kind of person makes an effective, inspiring leader? What are the most important skills necessary to lead a school? What outcomes should a school leader be interested in?
Presenter: Vance Wilson, St. Albans School (United States)

Using Applied Improvisation to Assist Learning—Laugh, Learn, Grow!

Track: Boys and the Arts
Appeals to: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12), Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: MAC 1

Explore the international phenomenon of applied improvisation based on the Second City curriculum. Using the unique skills of an improviser, focus on being in the moment, becoming aware of your surroundings, verbal and non-verbal communications, active listening, and self-awareness. Learn basic tools and theater games for improved learning in any subject to energize your classroom.
Presenter: Barry McAlister, Montgomery Bell Academy (United States)

Using Participatory Learning Strategies to Influence Boys Help-Seeking

Track: Boys and Mental Wellness
Appeals to: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: E3

Studies show adolescent boys at a higher risk of developing mental health issues yet more reluctant to seek help than girls. While schools are uniquely positioned to support boys, they could be doing more. Explore how using participatory learning strategies can foster an environment where boys have the skills, awareness, and confidence to seek help and influence their peers.
Presenter: Chris Amiconi, Trinity Grammar School, Kew (Australia)

A Whole-School Approach to Well-Being

Track: Boys and Mental Wellness
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: Red Room Theatre

Explore the well-being program for staff and students implemented in two schools. Greg Wells presents his model of well-being based around four principles: sleep soundly, eat smarter, move more, and think clearly. Hear from each school to demonstrate how they have successfully implemented this well-being program.
Presenters: Greg Wells, The Wells Group; Candace Harrison and Nick Kovacs, Crescent School (Canada); Rod Morrison and Stuart Ryan, Shore School (Australia)

Why Design Thinking Works for Learning Growth

Track: Boys and the Arts
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: MS 4

Marcellin College has effectively implemented rubrics and formative assessment to complement design thinking methodology in its senior visual arts program. An action research project informed the college’s renewed application of effective feedback tools for student growth and attainment. This process has led to an increase in student engagement, motivation, and academic outcomes..
Presenters: Adriano Di Prato and Trent Williams, Marcellin College (Australia)