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2021 IBSC Annual Conference

Viaró Global School

Barcelona, Spain

July 7 – 10, 2021


Workshop Block 1

Thursday, July 8, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Best Teaching Practices for Boys

Co-Lead Instruction for Innovative Learning

Appeal: New to the topic
Level: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12)
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 4C

How do you actively reach every boy in your class and elevate teacher collaboration? Co-lead instruction! The co-lead teaching model positively influences boys' learning and teacher engagement. Learn about what co-lead instruction looks like, the research that supports it, and how to implement and maintain it. Elevate engagement and teaching with this innovative approach.
Presenters: Kate Juergens and Burns Jones, Cathedral School for Boys (United States)

Connecting Discipline's Past with the Present: A Relational Approach

Appeal: Intermediate
Level: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 3A

Find out how we connected our school's long-used demerit system with boys’ needs for relationship and conversation with the adults in our community. Examine the nuts and bolts of the system, hear examples of success and failure from our first year, and discuss disciplinary struggles that our schools have faced.
Presenter: Nolan LaVoie, Woodberry Forest School (United States)

Libraries Matter: Research and Critical Thinking Skills in the Age of Google

Appeal: Intermediate
Level: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 1A

Prepare students for college-level research with vital and vibrant techniques for young men. As we acknowledge the disassociation between perceived expertise in research methodology and the reality of students' lack of research skills, we must reconnect the dots among classroom instruction, research, and approaches to inculcating critical thinking skills into library instruction.
Presenter: Tinsley Silcox, St. Mark's School of Texas (United States)

Life Through a Lens: Empowering Emerging Identities Through Visual Literacy

Appeal: New to Topic
Level: All
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 4B

For young people visual literacy is a matter of survival. For teachers, schools, and families, empowering students as purposeful consumers and producers of visual texts is paramount for their well-being. Whether negotiating their identities online or viewing content designed to engage and sway them, our students must get equipped with the tools to both critically question and enjoy visual texts.
Presenter: Patrick Ell, St. Augustine's College (Australia)

Project Beyond 21C: Empower Boys to Contribute to Solutions for the World

Appeal: Intermediate
Level: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 1B

Being a boy today is sometimes fraught with negative connotations—from negotiating different views of masculinity to facing the impact of automation and globalization shifting the landscape of work, particularly for men. Project Beyond 21C raises self-efficacy through choice and ownership, allowing boys to create valuable solutions to issues in their local, national, and global world.
Presenter: Helen McDonald, Berwick Grammar School (Australia)

Promoting Communication and Metacognition Through Number Talks and "Talk Moves"

Appeal: New to the topic
Level: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12)
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 4A

Have you ever wanted to promote more meaningful dialogue, deepen conceptual understanding, and strengthen number sense during math class? Would you like your students to enhance their communication skills and engage in metacognitive thinking on a regular basis? Come explore how number talks and "talk moves" can lead to rich discussions, reflection, and mental flexibility in math.
Presenters: Mary Ann Warrington and Caitlin Shapiro, Town School for Boys (United States)

Community Service

Detoxifying Masculinity: Redefining Service Learning for Purposeful Connection

Appeal: Intermediate
Level: All
Room: Badge Building, Room 11

Explore new research about holistic service learning that debunks the pervasive stereotype that boys' education generates toxic masculinity. Learn how cultures of service develop empathy, empower boys to be global change agents, and create balanced young men. Discover how to foster community connections and servant leaders who engage in service beyond the school through co-curricular projects.
Presenter: Nathan Ahearne, Marist College Canberra (Australia)

Connecting Families, Alumni, and School

Use Your Website and Digital Tools to Keep Your Community Connected and Engaged

Appeal: Intermediate
Level: All
Room: Badge Building, Room 12

Your community members are saturated with content. Find out how to break through the noise on your website, social media, and email to keep them engaged and informed. Explore using content marketing to cultivate strong relationships and study schools that optimize digital tools to share their stories to recruit, retain, and engage their families, faculty, and alumni.
Presenter: Max Eisl, Finalsite (United States)

Mental Wellness and Healthy Communities

Connecting the Dots with +M

Appeal: Intermediate
Level: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 1C

Positive Masculinity (+M) is the expression of attitudes and behaviors embodied and enacted by a person who identifies as a male for the common good, both individually and for the community. Connect the dots between youth and their communities in developing +M. Join the discussion and view examples of how to integrate +M into your community, school, and home.
Presenters: Ross Featherston and Ray Swann, Brighton Grammar School (Australia)

Reaching for the Sun: The Art of Empathy and Mental-Health Awareness
Appeal: Intermediate
Level: Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Room: Badge Building, Room 23

Many of our students have difficulty coping with stress and anxiety. When left unchecked, it can manifest in ways that can be debilitating. Discuss the critical, symbiotic relationship between art-making and mental-health wellness. Hear about teaching practices, student examples, and community outreach experiences that foster and model empathy.
Presenter: David Anderson, Gilman School (United States)

Returning to Our Strengths: How Boys' Schools Promote Meaningful Wellness

Appeal: Intermediate
Level: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Room: Almond Tree Building, Audiovisual Room

Boys' schools often focus on academic development, though we now recognize the importance of wellness for academic and personal development. We face two main challenges in delivering wellness curricula: existing demands on student time and an idea of masculinity that undermines wellness. In spite of these challenges, we believe our schools are well-positioned to improve wellness in our students.
Presenters: John Morse and Eileen Breeze, Saint John's High School (United States); Susan McCrory, Roxbury Latin School (United States); Michael Nicholoson, Xaverian Brothers High School (United States)

Shifting Culture Through Circles

Appeal: Intermediate
Level: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Room: Badge Building, Room 22

How do we move the dots when they are connected but don't always head in the right direction? Oh, boy! Discover how 175 grams of plastic can develop upstanding men and how a traditional boarding school is shifting its culture toward a new vision of mindful masculinity! Explore the intersectionality between mental health and masculinity. Learn how to build healthy group dynamics.
Presenter: Udayan Philip, The Doon School (India)

Single-Sex Schools in a Multigender World: Transgender Students at Boys' Schools

Appeal: New to the topic
Level: All
Room: Badge Building, Room 24

While girls' schools have been encountering trans students for several years, boys' schools are just beginning to face these new challenges. Building on the training and policy development experience of several boys' schools and over 100 girls' schools, examine how we can respond to the changing gender landscape while staying true to mission and responsive to all stakeholders.
Presenters: Julie Mencher, Julie Mencher, MSW; John Botti, The Browning School (United States)

"Whole" School Health: A Strategic Wellness and Character-Education Program

Appeal: New to the topic
Level: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Room: Almond Tree Building, Audiovisual Room

How do you develop and implement a comprehensive wellness and character-education program across the academic and residential sides of a boarding school to reach not only students but also involve the entire school community? Join us to acknowledge both the challenges and successes of such a program and discuss the importance of these programs in our schools and curricula.
Presenters: Graham Callaghan, Heather Callaghan, and Brian Doyle, Avon Old Farms School (United States)

School Leadership

2020 IBSC Strategic Plan

Appeal: New to the topic
Level: All
Room: Auditorium

Join IBSC board members to learn more about the new 2020 IBSC Strategic Plan. Hear how IBSC can benefit you and your school and explore the myriad resources membership brings to enrich your community. Connecting with global leaders dedicated to educating boys proves invaluable. Plus, take this opportunity to share with IBSC how we can serve you, schools, and boys better.
Presenters: Tom Batty, Scotch College (Australia); Chris Post, The Boys' Latin School of Maryland (United States)

Creating a Professional Competency Model to Transform School Culture

Appeal: New to the topic
Level: All
Room: Badge Building, Room 14

For boys to thrive and connect, teachers and leaders need the professional competencies to go on the learning journey with—and for—them. Join this interactive workshop to explore why competencies such as emotional intelligence, growth mindset, and courageous communication are important, and learn the best way to create a robust competency model for staff and school leaders in 21st century schools for boys.
Presenter: Lara Koretsky, Crescent School (Canada)

Traditional Progress: Evaluating and Crafting Belief and Mission Statements

Appeal: New to the topic
Level: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Room: Badge Building, Room 13

It is often difficult to overcome the "traditions" of the past when schools self-reflect. With careful self-evaluation, schools can maintain the traditions of the past while reaching toward future growth and advancement. Undertake exercises for self-evaluation through conversation, surveys, and data collection in order to build consensus across a community.
Presenters: Michael Carr and Josh Hartle, Delbarton School (United States)