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2021 IBSC Annual Conference

Viaró Global School

Barcelona, Spain

July 7 – 10, 2021


Workshop Block 5

Friday, July 9, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Best Teaching Practices for Boys

3D Printing: Making the Future of Creativity?

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

The industries that our pupils will enter when they leave our schools may no longer be what you or I would call traditional. Industry 4.0 has been discussed for some time now and the implications of this are that our students need to acquire new skills and change their way of thinking if they are to be successful in a digital design and manufacturing era.
Presenter: Phil Hall, The Windsor Boys' School (United Kingdom)

The Applied Entrepreneurship Program: Boys' New Pathways to the Future of Work

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

There is a growing recognition in education that students need to be taught how to think and act entrepreneurially if they are to thrive in a complex and uncertain future. Learn how we have pioneered a personalized pathway of industry immersion, microcredentialing, and real-world projects to address boys' engagement and impact in their university, business, and social enterprise futures.
Presenters: David Todd, Ian Lambert, and Andrew Potter, The Scots College (Australia); Ross Featherstone, Brighton Grammar School (Australia)

Child Talks!

Appeal: Intermediate
Level: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12)
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 4B

Learn about a joint speech project for children (Magic Talks!) and primary (Childs Talks!) that consists of two parts. The first part, for first and second primary, is based on the Content and Language Integrated Learning methodological approach. The second, from third to sixth grade, is based on the Common Framework of Reference for Languages, which is included in the curriculum of bilingual schools.
Presenter: Ana de Artiñano Aguado, Fomento De Centros De Enseñanza (Spain)

Creating a “Learn to Learn” Culture at Your School
Appeal: Advanced
Level: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 1B

To survive—let alone thrive—in today's rapidly changing world, learning how to learn is (or should be) the key purpose of school. With this in mind and influenced by Guy Claxton's “building learning power,” Watford Grammar School for Boys embarked on WBGS Learner, a “learn to learn” initiative, in 2017. Explore and share the experiences of our journey!
Presenters: Geoff Curwen and Ian Cooksey, Watford Grammar School for Boys (United Kingdom)

Libraries Connecting with School Communities to Ensure Lifelong Learning

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

School libraries connect students, staff, and parents to the global world of critical life-literacies. Join this interactive, discussion-based workshop to explore several successful literary and information and digital literacy programs currently on offer at four IBSC Library Network Schools in North America and Australia.
Presenters: Andrew Stark, The Southport School (Australia); Di Laycock, The Kings School (Australia); Laura Sabo, St. Christopher's School (United States); Trish Cislak, Crescent School (Canada)

The Missing Piece: Teaching Life and Social Skills that Matter for Boys

Appeal: Intermediate
Level: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12), Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 1A

Discover why social skills are the most imperative lessons you will ever teach your students. Then, learn the three social skills your students must know and how to incorporate these into your everyday teaching. Take a look at our public speaking initiative and hear real-life examples and ideas about how to partner with parents to help boys to become the best version of themselves.
Presenters: Josu Santos and Miguel Trigo, Gaztelueta School (Spain)

Research and the Class: New Findings for Practice in the Single-Sex School

Appeal: New to the topic
Level: All
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 1B

Research in a variety of academic areas continues to support the notion of a gendered approach to schooling. Despite the beliefs of some that single-gender education confirms traditional stereotypes, more evidence indicates that this educational paradigm enlarges the opportunities for students. Review results from current research that supports gendered education.
Presenter: Abigail James, Germanna Community College (United States)

Community Service

Bursting the Bubble—Preparing Boys for a Diverse World, In and Out of School

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

Share experiences of what has worked—and what hasn't—in our efforts to prepare boys for a world where contributions to social good and respect for difference will be expected and valued. Examine several programs aimed at preparing boys for a life after school and helping them value and respect their peers while in school.
Presenter: Tim Rayner, Scotch College (Australia)

How Can We Support Boys in Becoming Agents of Social Change?

Appeal: New to the topic
Level: All
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 3B

How do you maximise the value of your school's community service program? Combining case studies and research findings, get steps toward running a program that responds to the local community's needs while providing a valuable learning experience for students. Discuss challenges such as balancing the development of student agency while ensuring student safety.
Presenters: Tom Arbuthnott and Haroon Shirwani, Eton College (United Kingdom)

Connecting Families, Alumni, and School

An Opportunity to Implement a Gender-Equality Plan with Boys and Their Families

Appeal: Intermediate
Level: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 2A

Our equality plan provides families, teachers, and students with a scheme to promote educational awareness of gender issues in boys' schools. The plan aims to raise commitment to the need of working for the coresponsibility of men and women in the domestic, family, caretaking, and professional environments.
Presenters: José Luis Quirant, La Farga (Institució Familiar d'Educació) (Spain); Ignasi Martínez, Terraferma (Institució Familiar d'Educació) (Spain)

Mental Wellness and Healthy Communities

Boys' Schools as "Thick" Institutions: Where Every Boy Feels Known and Loved
Appeal: New to the topic
Level: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Room: Badge Building, Room 11

"Some organizations are thick, and some are thin," writes David Brooks. "Some leave a mark on you, and some you pass through with scarcely a memory." Consider how a boys' school becomes thick by creating a culture in which every boy feels known and loved. What do we do so that our school "becomes part of a person's identity and engages the whole person: head, hands, heart, and soul"?
Presenters: Win Bassett, Gracie Killman Bassett, and Ben Thompson, Montgomery Bell Academy (United States)

Integrating Well-Being to Create School Improvement and Cultural Change
Appeal: Intermediate
Level: All
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 2B

Understand how Christ's College has realigned aspects of its culture through the effective use of strategic focus when implementing a new approach to health and well-being. Explore the unique college circumstance combined with the New Zealand bicultural context in this example of effective and respectful growth and change balancing the best of the past with a clear focus on the future.
Presenter: Garth Wynne, Christ's College (New Zealand)

The Journey to Define and Create a Culture of Well-Being and Positivity

Appeal: New to the topic
Level: All
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 2C

Do you talk about positive culture in your school? Is health and well-being a priority for staff, students, and parents? Are these critical aspects of school life only surface-level conversations at your school? Join the conversation and listen to a firsthand experience of how a school leadership team strategically implemented a yearlong health and well-being initiative.
Presenter: Mike Packowski, Linbrook School (Canada)

The Manosphere and Masculinity Online: How Can Schools Foster a Conversation?

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

How are online communities (such as Reddit and Twitch) shaping young men's sense of masculinity in a negative sense and how can schools offer an alternative positive narrative? Survey the state of masculinity in online spaces and get a set of implementable interventions, which aim to equip students with the tools to critically establish a positive sense of self and masculinity.
Presenter: Charlotte Forster, Auckland Grammar School (New Zealand)

School Leadership

Boy-Friendly Teachers

Appeal: New to the topic
Level: All
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 3A

Uncover how to recruit and retain the best faculty. In British Columbia, we are experiencing a teacher shortage. This market, coupled with a high cost of living, means that we must be strategic in focusing on dynamic recruitment and retention strategies. While St. George's does not claim to have the magic bullet, we have been recognized for 10 years as one of British Columbia's top employers.
Presenter: Karen Potter, St. George's School (Canada)

Boys at Their Best: The CIRCLE-ABSNZ Excellence in Boys' Education Project
Appeal: Intermediate
Level: All
Room: Auditorium

Research shows that boys in New Zealand boys' schools do better than boys in coeducational schools. We wanted to find out why. Hear highlights of the research project and learn six performance standards for culture, leadership, curriculum, outcomes, strategy and operations, and teacher professionalism that propel schools where boys thrive and succeed.
Presenters: Philip Cummins, CIRCLE - Centre for Innovation, Research, Creativity, and Leadership in Education; David Ferguson, Westlake Boys' High School (New Zealand)

Developing Effective Collaboration

Appeal: Intermediate
Level: All
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 4C

Do meetings fill with you will dread? While collaboration may be one of those educational buzzwords, what does it really mean to collaborate well? Join colleagues in a range of leadership positions to consider how to work more effectively with others using an interactive format. Experience some collaborative protocols that have worked well in a range of contexts.
Presenters: Douglas Broadbent, Shore School (Australia); Heidi Broadbent, Trinity Grammar School (Australia)