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2021 IBSC Annual Conference

Viaró Global School

Barcelona, Spain

July 7 – 10, 2021


Workshop Block 6

Saturday, July 10, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Best Teaching Practices for Boys

Building a Scholarly School Culture

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

Explore two programs designed to raise the academic level of achievement in boys at our school: one a reading element in 7-12 pastoral care and the other a redesigned pre-senior, secondary English curriculum at year 10. While the former has been validated by the international research of Joanna Sikora, our senior English course selections have provided evidence of success.
Presenter: Jonathan Scobie, Prince Alfred College (Australia)

The Business of Play in Education

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

In an age of unprecedented technological evolution and expectation, one of the key challenges we face is facilitating and nurturing positive communication. While it might seem superficial, far-fetched or, even unprofessional to deal with this by playing games, find out why it is, in fact, imperative to at least consider doing so some of the time.
Presenter: Daniel Wightman, Scotch College (Australia)

Connecting Boys with Content—Harnessing the Power of E-Learning

Appeal: Intermediate
Level: Connecting Boys with Content—Harnessing the Power of E-Learning
Room: Badge Building, Room 13

Having technology at our fingertips has become the new norm. With this in mind, and witnessing some of the "dopamine-driven addictions" of people using their devices for multiple hours each day, share proven and engaging ways to encourage boys to become more proactive in their learning approach by "connecting the dots" between their devices and the power of e-learning.
Presenter: Joshua McQueen, The Southport School (Australia)

Connecting Theory, Research, and Practice to Support Effective Thinking

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

Examine a framework for analyzing how teaching supports effective thinking, using data from the classroom. Developed out of theory and empirical evidence, it offers a lens for teachers to consider your own practice in terms of student thinking. This approach has the capacity to make “local” data more useful and significant for informing teachers' pedagogical development.
Presenters: Hannah Campos Remon, Jacqui Zervos, and Peter Taylor, Brisbane Grammar School (Australia)

"Kindness IS Cool, Bro" and "I Love You, Man:" Tools for a Positive Class Culture

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

We know the research: Boys thrive on connection! Our boys do their best when they feel seen, heard, known, and valued. But how can we foster friendships and build connections while still maintaining the academic level of rigor we wish? We argue that there is no learning until there is community. Join us for practical tools to create a culture of kindness and connection in your school. #goodvibesonly
Presenters: Samara Spielberg and Stephen Krawec, The Allen-Stevenson School (United States)

Community Service

Service Learning—Connecting Boys and the Community

Appeal: Intermediate
Level: All
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 1C

How can schools engage boys in meaningful community service initiatives? Explore the elements of Knox Grammar School's service learning model, where boys support a variety of local community groups and charities through purposeful involvement, becoming aware of how their everyday actions can have a lasting influence on the lives of others.
Presenters: Glenn Stephenson and Peter Voysey, Knox Grammar Preparatory School (Australia)

Connecting Families, Alumni, and School

Overwhelming to Manageable: Breaking Down Barriers with Art, Math, and Science

Appeal: New to the topic
Level: Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Room: Badge Building, Room 14

Life can be stressful and today's boys have a lot on their plate. Join us as we use art, math, and science to create an informative and visually engaging outdoor chalk walk. Watch as students break down complex tasks, approach taboo topics, and lead in effecting positive change for themselves and the communities in which they live.
Presenters: Grace Connell and Matthew DuCharme, Fairfield Country Day School (United States)

The World Around US

Appeal: New to the topic
Level: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12)
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 2C

Are you interested in contacting and communicating with young students from other schools? Would you like to help them discover the World Around Us? Our project is an opportunity to make your wish come true. The World Around Us is a five-month project for 8- to 9-year-old kids who want to learn English as a language to interact, discover, communicate, and enjoy with people from different cultures.
Presenters: Carlos Fernández, Gaztelueta School (Spain)

Mental Wellness and Healthy Communities

Boys and Technology: Looking After Them Now and in the Future

Appeal: Intermediate
Level: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 3V

For some time now technology has been blamed for so many issues in society. Yet how many solutions have been provided? Join us to tackle two main topics: providing up-to-date information on what boys are doing online and explaining meaningful actions we can take as educators to ensure the boys we educate are safe and prepared for the future.
Presenter: Danny Sidgreaves, St. Joseph's College (Australia)

Helping Boys Become Healthy Men

Appeal: Intermediate
Level: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 4B

With negative male behaviors illuminated, it’s a tough time to grow up as a young man. Statistics on depression and suicide show that peer pressure to conform to macho stereotypes does not make men happy. Discuss how our school helps boys talk about what “being a man” entails and empowers them to become their unique selves.
Presenters: Duncan Byrne and Helen Foster, Loughborough Grammar School (United Kingdom)

Supporting the Anxious Boy to Reduce Work Refusal
Appeal: New to the topic
Level: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 4C

Define symptoms and behaviors related to students experiencing high levels of anxiety. Use case studies to explore various symptoms and behaviors that can hinder academic performance, especially low work completion, variable attendance, and active social disengagement. Gain specific strategies to support boys in their agency to be an independent learner.
Presenters: Caroline Miller Dengler, Jackie Villet, and Brad Bernstein, St. Paul's School for Boys (United States)

Unplugged Yet Connected: Brunswick's Auxiliary Campus in Vermont
Appeal: Intermediate
Level: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 2B

In groups of 15, Brunswick School 10th graders spend a week of the school year at the school's Vermont campus. Boys have no access to technology or their devices. Human interactions with advisors, residential faculty, and senior leaders are prioritized, keeping experiential education, service, leadership, and empathy at the core of this program.
Presenters: Tucker Hastings and Danny Dychkowski, Brunswick School (United States)

School Leadership

Becoming a Strong 21st Century School of Character

Appeal: Intermediate
Level: All
Room: Auditorium

Attend this moderated panel discussion that shares wisdom and experience of schools’ continuing journeys in becoming successful 21st century schools of character. Their progress evolves in tandem with the Character Education in Schools for Boys 2019 research. Focus on strategies for implementing a holistic framework for character education.
Presenters: Philip Cummins, CIRCLE - Centre for Innovation, Research, Creativity and Leadership in Education; Michael Fellin, Crescent School (Canada); Ian Lambert, The Scots College (Australia); David Bovey, Palmerston North Boys' High School (New Zealan

Student Leadership: Growing Future Leaders

Appeal: Intermediate
Level: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Room: Almond Tree Building, Room 3A

Explore the leadership opportunities our young men have: prefects, sports captains, house leaders, councils, clubs, and societies. Westlake in New Zealand has 2,400 students and a vast array of co-curricular activities. Examine how we choose these young leaders, mentor and guide them, and allow them opportunities and responsibilities that prepare them for future leadership.
Presenter: Tom Gordon, Westlake Boys High School (New Zealand)

The Truth About Faculty Culture—Creating, Managing, Leading

Appeal: Advanced
Level: All
Room: Almond Tree Building, Audiovisual Room

For over 20 years, Hal developed and taught the Faculty Culture module of the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) Leadership Institute. The thesis is that Faculty Culture is the root solution to most school problems, but the strategic importance is misunderstood. This needs to change.
Presenter: Hal Hannaford, Selwyn House School (Canada)