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2021 IBSC Annual Conference

Viaró Global School

Barcelona, Spain

July 7 – 10, 2021


Workshop Block 3

Friday, July 9, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Best Teaching Practices for Boys

Beyond the Student Exchange: Leadership Formation of Global Citizens

Appeal: Intermediate
Level: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Room: Badge Building, Room 24

The world is experiencing a crisis in leadership. History shows that ideas do not change the world—leaders do. Global-wide challenges require a new generation of leaders willing to work effectively across cultural, social, and economic differences. Discover the partnership formed by Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys and the Scots College and the global learning program they piloted.
Presenters: Jack Pannell, Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys (United States); Toby Castle, The Scots College (Australia)

Blending Curriculum and Student Leadership to Create Better Future Leaders

Appeal: Intermediate
Level: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Room: Badge Building, Room 14

Come see how combining an innovative post-16 curriculum model and a sophisticated student leadership program create a learning community that benefits our boys and the whole school. Find out how one school has blended academic learning, personal growth, and leadership development for senior boys.
Presenters: David Atkinson and Dan Colquhoun, Dr. Challoner's Grammar School (United Kingdom)

Do School Sports Develop Character?

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

Does participation in school sports provide an opportunity for young men to develop strength of character? Examine findings from a survey of Australian boys' school students and staff to examine the role that sports play in developing character in young men. Learn how to apply these findings to your own boys' school context and how you can connect the dots to develop character.
Presenter: Bruce Hodges, Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) (Australia)

Floreat at Reading Boys: Taught and Caught Student Leadership

Appeal: New to the topic
Level: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 2C

"Your exam results will open doors, but it is your character and leadership that will get you through them." Blessed with intelligent young men, Reading Boys School's Floreat program aims to connect the dots between character virtues, academic futures, and co-curricular opportunities. Come and discuss the challenges of delivering nonexamined yet critical ideas in a highly academic environment.
Presenter: Greg Fairchild, Reading School (United Kingdom)

The Future of Learning: Must Content Goals Change in the View of New Pedagogies?

Appeal: Intermediate
Level: All
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 2A

The so-called new pedagogies of the 21st century emphasize the role of the student in their own learning process. From this perspective, the traditional pedagogy generates passivity in the student. Meanwhile, the traditional point of view criticizes the superficiality of the learning content the new pedagogies achieve. But an expert shows it’s possible these viewpoints can complement each other—see how.
Presenter: Martin Curiel, Colegio Xaloc (Spain)

Future-Proofing the Curriculum for 21st Century Learners

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

Join an exploration of a curriculum suitable for boys in the 21st century. Analyze and discuss the key aspects of a successful, forward-thinking, future-proofed curriculum for boys in an ever-changing and globalized world.
Presenters: Charles Bailey and Michael Gray, Harrow School (United Kingdom)

Future-Ready Boys' Schools: IBSC Research and Innovation

Appeal: New to the topic
Level: All
Room: Badge Building, Room 11

What issues is your school tackling? How can research help guide decision-making? Join members of the IBSC Research Committee to discuss hot topics in the five domains of research identified as important for future study, including pedagogy, curriculum, character and well-being, school processes and leadership, and culture and teacher formation.
Presenters: Members of the IBSC Research Committee

Community Service

Social Justice Partnerships: Two-Way Learning

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

Accompanied by house staff and supported by other St. Kevin's staff, in small groups boys from the senior houses visit six social justice partners. We consciously refer to this as a partnership because we know the boys learn so much about themselves and their world and are not simply there to be of service.
Presenter: Stephen Russell, St. Kevin's College (Australia)

"Solve It" Labs Within Communities Prepare Students for an Uncertain World

Appeal: New to the topic
Level: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 1B

The creation and use of a facility named a "Solve It" laboratory let boys try out and build things so they are future fit. A symbiotic relationship with disadvantaged schools can develop the skills of creativity, contributing to and developing community skills, collaboration, and critical thinking. Boys could patent designs, thus becoming entrepreneurs and facilitating job creation.
Presenter: Glynnis Moore, St. Alban's College (South Africa)

Connecting Families, Alumni, and School

Using a Male Rite of Passage Program to Enhance Boys’ Education

Appeal: New to the topic
Level: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 2B

In Australia, one in eight men experience depression, one in five experience anxiety, with male suicide close to double the death toll of road accidents. These tragic figures have been linked to the absence of a male rite of passage in today's western society. Find out how a school in Perth, Western Australia has implemented a Rite of Passage Program to enhance the overall well-being of future men.
Presenter: Mark Weston, Aquinas College (Australia)

Mental Wellness and Healthy Communities

Building a Program of Radical Empathy and Connection in Middle School

Appeal: New to the topic
Level: Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 3A

Learn how The Browning School used research on boys to design a middle school curriculum rooted in empathy and connection. Through the RULER program and signature courses in grades five and six, Browning boys discover that self-awareness, empathy, and a disposition to connect with others are their greatest powers and traits most in need of development to attain personal well-being and healthy community.
Presenters: Danielle Passno and Megan Ryan, The Browning School (United States)

Connecting Boys to Dance: The Ultimate Brain Break

Appeal: New to the topic
Level: All
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 4A

Join this interactive workshop to discover how to use dance and movement as a stress-reducing activity, promoting physical and mental wellness in boys.
Presenter: Maureen Powers, Selwyn House School (Canada)

Enhancing Student Well-Being Through Strengthening Head, Heart, and Humanity

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

In response to the global youth mental-health crisis, Upper Canada College, one of Canada's oldest independent schools for boys, is developing a comprehensive, multidimensional approach to fostering student well-being. By connecting dots between community, culture, strategic thinking, research, and resource, the school strives to support each boy's individual journey to becoming his best self.
Presenters: Scott Cowie and Sam McKinney, Upper Canada College (Canada)

Is Your Well-Being Program Effective? How Do You Know?

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

Staff in boys' schools are at the coalface of preventing, identifying, and assisting students who are experiencing challenges to their mental, social, and emotional well-being. Follow Toowoomba Grammar School's journey to collect and utilize data to influence program development, inform pastoral care staff, and identify students at risk who may need individual intervention.
Presenters: Mark Oliphant, Toowoomba Grammar School (Australia); Julie Hodges, EduMatters (Australia)

Set Your GPS: Intentional, Reflective, and Authentic Postsecondary Planning

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

What strategies can we use to empower students to program a personal GPS, connecting the dots of their own nature, learning style, and dreams, while navigating external influences that negatively impact post-secondary decisions? Our boys must be authentic, mapping their postsecondary journey, guided by inner truth.
Presenters: Christine Wessler and Sheena Matthews, St. George's School (Canada)

School Leadership

Are Boys' Schools Getting the Leaders They Need and Deserve?

Appeal: Advanced
Level: All
Room: Badge Building, Room 13

Are boys' schools getting the most able individuals as leaders? Uncover how to attract capable candidates. Schools need to dispel misperceptions and promote our communities. Gain insight from Bob Vitalo, a former boys’ school head and a founding member and past trustee of IBSC, who currently serves as a senior consultant with Carney, Sandoe and Associates working on head searches.
Presenters: Robert Vitalo and Art Charles, Carney Sandoe and Associates (United States)

Developing Global Competencies Through Student Leadership

Appeal: Intermediate
Level: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12)
Room: Badge Building, Room 12

Is your student leadership model restricted to a few elected representatives who perform ceremonial duties instead of driving student-led school improvement? Find out how Knox Grammar School is providing all students with opportunities to lead and hone their abilities to problem solve, think critically, collaborate, and innovate in order to positively shape a rapidly changing global landscape.
Presenter: Michael Quach, Knox Grammar School (Australia)

The Role of Mentoring from a Leadership Perspective

Appeal: Intermediate
Level: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Room: Badge Building, Room 23

Effective mentorship and role-modelling can have a positive effect in building men of hope and integrity; men who can think ahead, plan efficiently, and take accountability for their actions; men of character; men whose values equip them to make good decisions and improve the lives of those around them. Mentorship provieds an essential relationship to implement in the education of our learners.
Presenter: Chris Luman, Maritzburg College (South Africa)