2022 IBSC Annual Conference2022 IBSC Annual Conference 

St. Mark’s School of Texas
Dallas, Texas, United States
June 26 - 29 


Workshop Block 1

Monday, June 27, 8:30 - 9:30 AM

 

The 25: The Impact of Academic Counseling and Pastoral Care on Struggling Boys
Appeals to: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: Centennial Hall 142

Learn from two years' work with struggling boys using short, focused meetings on academics and personal connection. Get an overview of the situation, structure, program adjustments, results in student achievement, and what worked and what did not. Share tools that include using spreadsheets, question prompts, calendar entries, and email to support the program.
Presenter: Kimberly Fradale, St. Mary's International School (Japan)
Battlefield to Bonhomie: The Role of Contact Sports in an All Boys Education
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: Centennial Hall 204

Contact sports face increased scrutiny in a world that seeks to minimize risk. The existential challenges to the sport of rugby range from specific rule changes to calls to ban the sport in schools. Explore the links between contact sports and character development, while demonstrating how elite sports and sports-for-all go hand in hand.
Presenters: Rob Wood and Tracy Palmer, Dulwich College (United Kingdom)

Building Character, Empathy, and Allyship: Girl-Rising Stories in Boys’ Schools
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: Centennial Hall 116

Stories provide powerful tools for engaging young people with difficult issues. Hear educators from Allen-Stevenson share how they use Girl Rising’s galvanizing films and curricular resources to capture the imaginations of their boys, inspiring them to connect across borders, understand gender equity, build empathy, use their voices, and believe in their capacity to create change.
Presenters: Neal Kamsler and Aidan Fennelly, The Allen-Stevenson School (United States); Kayce Jennings, Girl Rising

Create Leaders by Combining SEL with DEI in the Classroom
Appeals to: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: Winn Science Center 207

Observe how lower school teachers combine social-emotional learning (SEL) with diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) across grade levels and disciplines to cultivate leadership and help boys reach their full potential. By recognizing how DEI and SEL work together, as well as being more intentional about them in our curriculum, we can better prepare boys for leadership in a global society.
Presenters: Molly Hemenway, Kat Greenberg, Marie Mitchell, and Elaine Klabonski, Fairfield Country Day School (United States)

Designing and Implementing a New Mission-Oriented Daily Schedule: A Case Study
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: Winn Science Center - Science Lecture Hall

Revising the daily schedule proves a daunting task, yet the schedule is an essential tool for supporting students, teachers, programs, and mission. In 2017, St. Mark’s School of Texas launched a multi-year effort to design a new schedule. Hear about the process, guiding principles, implementation, and lessons learned along the way.
Presenters: Paul Mlakar, John Ashton, Dean Clayman, and Sherri Darver, St. Mark's School of Texas (United States)

Developing a 21st Century Curriculum
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: Winn Science Center 208

Chart the development of a curriculum that prepares boys for a life of service, learning, leadership, and fulfilment. Following a recent no-assumptions curriculum review, 2021-22 marks the first year of Harrow's innovative Curriculum 2025. Gain a sense of how best to harness boys' development from a cognitive, social, and digital perspective.
Presenters: Charles Bailey and Hannah Fox, Harrow School (United Kingdom)

Executive Function Skills and Student Success
Appeals to: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12), Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: McDermott-Green Science Center 105

Review the latest medical research to clarify your understanding of executive function skills in education. Join us to share classroom strategies, activities, and resources to bolster student achievement and overall well-being. Hear highlights of our school’s journey to embrace executive function skills within our own K-9 curriculum as a vital component of boys’ education.
Presenters: Jaime Balocca and Melissa Lindine, Fairfield Country Day School (United States)

Expedition Week: A Case Study on Launching a Novel, All-School Program
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: Centennial Hall 208

Explore Woodberry Forest School’s Expedition Week as a case study for envisioning and executing a new, all-school program. Focus on how Woodberry designed the program and built buy-in among key participants. If you’re interested in implementing school-wide programs or changes, join us for a facilitated brainstorm and review of key stages in the process.
Presenters: Tyler Montgomery and Jacob Geiger, Woodberry Forest School (United States)

Flip the Script
Appeals to: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: Centennial Hall 232

Influence your faculty culture using your best untapped resource—your students. Discover an approach to devising professional learning sessions by deploying the talents and insights of your own students. See how the mischief and immediacy of role-play can provide you with a way to engage faculty in deeper reflection on the impact of our practice on the students we serve.
Presenter: Chris Waugh, Christ's College (New Zealand)

Mastering Social Media to Connect with Your School Community
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: Centennial Hall 209

Social media algorithms have made a major shift in the last year and the best practices that we have come to know and love are taking a 180º turn. So what should a school do to ensure its community sees its content? Join us to go back to basics on the universal truths of engagement and find out how to adjust your strategy to master the new world of social media.
Presenter: Max Eisl, www.finalsite.com (United States)

Measuring What Matters: The Circle ABSNZ Excellence in Boys' Education Project
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: Centennial Hall 141

Research tells us that boys in New Zealand boys' schools do better than boys in coeducational schools. The Association of Boys’ Schools in New Zealand (ABSNZ) asked Circle Education to find out why. Learn about research-driven measurement tools for culture, leadership, learning, performance, strategy, and systems that can provide the evidence basis for schools where boys thrive and succeed.
Presenters: David Ferguson, Westlake Boys' High School (New Zealand); Phil Cummins, A School for Tomorrow

The Path to Manhood: Positive Masculinity
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: McDermott-Green Science Center 102

Positive masculinity 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. Delve into the groundbreaking research that defines the key factors of positive masculinity and explore examples and evidence of programs you can use and apply in your school.
Presenters: Ross Featherston and Ray Swann, Brighton Grammar School (Australia)

Pathways to Creating and Sustaining Student Communities of Belonging
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: Centennial Hall 227

Justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) remain critical to the formation of boys and their sense of belonging. Hear about the development of a student-led affinity group, including its creation and evolution over two years. Gain actionable items to launch programming at your own school or bolster preexisting structures.
Presenters: Paris McLean and Nathan Weaver, Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart (United States)

Report from IBSC’s Special Interest Group on Relational Learning
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: McDermott-Green Science Center 103

Get an overview of activities of IBSC’s Special Interest Group on Relational Learning, which includes 29 schools across eight countries. Learn about key findings and discuss how you might apply them in different school contexts. Take time to discuss the practicalities, challenges, and general merits of the special interest group concept.
Presenters: Peter Coutis, Scotch College (Australia); Sandra Boyes, Crescent School (Canada)

To Jump or Not to Jump? Why Headship and How to Prepare 
Appeals to: All Ages 
Knowledge Level: New to the Topic 
Room: Centennial Hall 211 

For those interested in seeking a headship, come hear the do’s and don’ts regarding resumes, cover letters, and interview techniques. Get a host of information regarding the entire search process and answers to all your questions. 
Presenter: John Farber, RG175