2024 IBSC Annual Conference

2024 IBSC Annual ConferenceHarrow School

Harrow on the Hill, London, United Kingdom

July 1-4

Workshop Block 1

Tuesday, July 2, 9:00 - 10:00 AM

A Blueprint for Enhancing Teaching Through Research and Innovation Centers
Get an operational blueprint for a center for innovation and research in learning (CIRL), exemplified by Eton's CIRL and the CIRLs in partner schools. Cover professional development, digital innovations, cross-sector student leadership projects, and evidence-based shared initiatives to gain insight into effective strategies for setting up and running such centers.
Presenters: Iro Konstantinou , Jonnie Noakes, and Tom Arbuthnott, Eton College (United Kingdom)
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic

Behind Closed Screens: Safeguarding Boys in a Hypersexualized Online World
Award-winning author Susan Doherty Hannaford has written extensively about childhood trauma, resilience, and future happiness. Her latest book, Monday Rent Boy, exposes the issues, dangers, and impact of sexual abuse in the world of online content. The risk of predation has risen. Boys' schools need effective strategies to understand and better deal with this crisis.
Presenter: Susan Doherty Hannaford, Selwyn House School (Canada)
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: Intermediate

Charting Future Direction with Alumni Feedback
See how alumni data can inform long-term institutional change. Woodberry's longitudinal alumni survey demonstrates the school's value for generations of alumni and highlights areas of strength and relative weakness. It has helped soften faculty resistance to institutional change and shape admissions messaging for prospective families considering the school for their sons.
Presenter: Byron Hulsey, Woodberry Forest School (United States)
Appeals to: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate

Diverse Minds, Inclusive Hearts: Boys' Schools Leading the Way
Join us for a beacon of hope and progress in today's ever-evolving educational landscape. All boys' schools, with their unique traditions and settings, play a pivotal role in shaping the future of inclusive education. Engage with other dedicated educators, administrators, and stakeholders aiming to foster inclusive, diverse, and empathetic learning environments.
Presenter: Lorre Allen, St. Mark's School of Texas (United States)
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to the topic

Engineering Ancient Artifacts: Thinking Like an Engineer in the Humanities
Learn how students in a fifth humanities class thought like engineers during a research project about Ancient Egypt. Dive into what it means to think like an engineer, explore how engineering thinking enhances cross-curricular learning, and consider where engineering thinking might appear in your own curriculum.
Presenters: Matt Wyatt, Brisa Kress, and Colby Yee, Town School for Boys (United States)
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Forging Strategic Synergy and Synthesis Between Tradition and Innovation
Learn how Trinity-Pawling School strategically leveraged its 116-year tradition of a boys’ boarding school to reimagine the curricular and pedagogical priorities that must be part of educating boys in the 21st century. Explore how this synthesis of tradition and innovation positively impacted student and faculty engagement, enrollment, alumni relations, and fundraising.
Presenters: William Taylor and Tom Curley, Trinity-Pawling School (United States)
Appeals to: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic

Fostering a Culture of Innovation in Schools: Navigating the Path to Success
Life always presents difficulties, with many ways to confront them. How do you tackle such problems? There is always a solution, but what if that solution is closed off to you? How do you overcome a problem when the familiar approach is not an option? You must think differently, which requires a community and school culture capable of approaching situations in multiple ways.
Presenter: Renzo Forlin, Colegio Alpamayo (Peru)
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: Intermediate

Gamified Digital Learning Platforms: How Might Schools Take a Lead?
The intersection of technology and education is under negotiation. However, in one shared domain, digital innovation reigns true: the harnessing of children’s attention. Increasingly the gamification of the learning market promises to channel this phenomenon to positive ends, but can schools deploy digital learning environments that are sufficiently calibrated to hook, motivate, and boost learning?
Presenter: Andy Mowll, Dulwich College (United Kingdom)
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to the topic

The Good Man Journey: A Case Study Involving Staff Mentoring Boys
Join us to define and illustrate the unique “good man journey” that each boy travels. Examine why and how school leaders can implement such a character-based education mentoring program. Discuss interesting, beneficial case study evidence, with a major focus on well-being.
Presenter: Chris Luman, Maritzburg College (South Africa)
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic

How to Strengthen the Perception of Boys’ Education in an Ever-Changing World
It is more important than ever for boys’ schools to find effective ways to communicate our benefits to the next generation. Through storytelling, lived values, and traditions, you can engage your community to help achieve your school mission. As a result your school can strengthen the general perception of single-sex education with strategic marketing, communications, and compelling case studies.
Presenters: Andrew Sculthorpe, imageseven
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Advanced

Intentionally Innovating a Sense of Belonging (K-9)
Through intentional programming, boys cultivate belonging anchored in tradition, leadership, and innovation. Fostering inclusivity connects students, fueling innovative ideas with a diverse curriculum. Our school prioritizes effective leadership and encourages innovation by tapping into diverse community strengths.
Presenters: Shabiroon Vereen, Joe Isola, and Molly Hemenway, Fairfield Country Day School (United States)
Appeals to: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12), Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate

Leadership Encounters—Man to Boy and Man Again
Join a call to think, informed in part through a personal journey to senior leadership, to provoke awareness of the role models, deliberate and accidental, that enable our boys (and at worst they endure). Analyze how our boys are influenced and by whom. Examine how we want leadership to be everyday and not elite—yet we hold up the good and great at the expense of the humble and everyday.
Presenter: Alastair Land, Harrow School (United Kingdom)
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic

Leading a Boarding Community: Purpose, Practice, and Provision
Explore how to effectively lead a boarding community. Dissect the key elements of fostering a thriving boarding house by developing leadership and mutual respect among boarders and staff, nurturing a vibrant and caring environment, and creating an inclusive “home away from home.” Learn from a case study of Druries Boarding House at Harrow School.
Presenter: Brendan McKerchar, Harrow School (United Kingdom)
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate

Learning to Build: Organization Principles for Educational Improvement
Discover how schools can “learn to build” and “build to learn” in an approach to educational improvement based on the notion of a school as a learning organization. Starting with foundational ideas about how learning occurs, study a set of generalizable principles based on practical insights from Brisbane Grammar School to guide the leadership of a culture of improvement.
Presenters: Anthony Micallef and Hannah Campos Remon, Brisbane Grammar School (Australia)
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: Intermediate

The Power of Relationships, Traditions, and Social Responsibility
Boys are struggling more than ever to find their own pathway. Learn what it takes to inspire a new generation of socially responsible, empathetic leaders who are dedicated to making a positive and lasting impact on our world, shaping a future grounded in service, understanding, and the enduring strength of community bonds.
Presenters: Reuben Hardie and Jarred Wilson, Saint Kentigern (New Zealand)
Appeals to: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12), Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate

Responding to the Manosphere and Crisis of Masculinity: A Values-Led Approach
Take this opportunity to upskill yourself on contemporary narratives around the manosphere and critically reflect on a template created by St. Paul’s School for taking a values-led approach when responding to major social events and shifts.
Presenters: Phil Gaydon and Tanya Zalar, St. Paul's School (United Kingdom)
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to the topic

The Role of the Principal in Leading the Learning of a School
Explore the theory and practice of educational leadership to unpack the role of the principal in developing schools that learn from their past and look to the future. Review a detailed case study demonstrating how one school is leading through its networks and community to best serve the boys of today to become effective and compassionate contributors to tomorrow.
Presenters: David Atkinson, Dr. Challoner's Grammar School (United Kingdom); Phil Cummins, A School for Tomorrow
Appeals to: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate

“Walk Among Long Dappled Grass” —Three Practices That Strengthen Boys’ Journeys
Join us to describe and discuss the impact of three innovative areas of teaching and leadership practice: RidgeUp (our English Masterclasses vision), a boys' committee for social justice, and innovative junior primary work. Explore these ways to make our boys real-world ready. We believe these drives toward cognitive agility will help boys navigate uncertain, dynamic futures.
Presenters: Frank Rumboll, Songezo Malangeni, and Holly Ferrar, The Ridge School (South Africa)
Appeals to: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12), Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate

Why Counseling Groups Work So Well for Adolescent Boys
Weekly counseling groups have provided a central pillar of the counseling department at Belmont Hill School for 20 years. Ongoing voluntary groups have commanded the loyalty of boys, allowed them to show vulnerability, helped them to express empathy, and offered older boys an opportunity to be emotional leaders of their peers. Join us to discuss the keys to successful groups.
Presenters: Michael Thompson and June Schmunk, Belmont Hill School (United States)
Appeals to: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate