2024 IBSC Annual Conference

2024 IBSC Annual ConferenceHarrow School

Harrow on the Hill, London, United Kingdom

July 1-4

Workshop Block 2

Tuesday, July 2, 1:30 - 2:30 PM

Advisory Program Matters: Cultivating a Positive Culture and Connected Community
Connections build community. Let’s build that scaffolding together. The purpose of an Advisory Program is to provide space and opportunity for intentional conversations to build relationships in alignment with the school’s mission of educating boys. Listen and view student testimonials, discover and share the benefits of relational teaching, and leave with tools to build your school program.
Presenters: Lauren Hamilton and Hope Rupley, Belmont Hill School (United States)
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate

Building a Leadership Team: A Model of Collaborative Leadership and Collegiality
As a division head, and in any school leadership role, it’s essential to bring people together around a table to craft a vision, think strategically, and have real discussions about what’s happening. Learn about the experience of cultivating a team and how that collaborative work benefitted the institution and became a space for personal and professional growth.
Presenter: Brian Mitchell, The Boys' Latin School of Maryland (United States)
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to the topic

Building Community Around Financial Aid and Scholarships
How do schools create a welcoming and inclusive environment for families qualifying for need-based scholarships? Join us to explore some best practices in creating an income-diverse community, share research on social capital gained from students of different backgrounds, and discusses the ways a school may fund these scholarships.
Presenter: Chris Oliver, Presbyterian Day School (United States)
Appeals to: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12), Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate

Creating a Successful Sporting Program of Participation and Performance
A successful sporting program can have immense benefits for your school. Through case studies and wider group discussion, explore ways of creating, implementing, and evolving a sporting program that targets both participation and performance to help build a culture of physical well-being and togetherness in your school environment.
Presenter: James Melville, Harrow School (United Kingdom)
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate

Developing a Holistic, High-Performance Sports Program for the Whole School
Delve into the relationships between academics and a demanding sports program at school. Join us to focus on defining high-performance in a school sports program, how to develop a holistic, high-performance sports program for the whole school, and the role of sports scholarships in a school's sports program success.
Presenter: Christopher Ekron, Bishops Diocesan College (South Africa)
Appeals to: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Advanced

The Digital World and Education: Does This Affect Academic Achievement?
One aftereffect of the pandemic is the growing use of online educational technology and resources such as e-textbooks, increasing screen time for both teachers and students. What does research say about this? Does this lead to an increase in academic success or are there problems that we need to address?
Presenter: Abigail James, Piedmont Virginia Community College
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to the topic

Effective Student Leaders
Discuss how we select effective student leaders in our schools. The role of a student leader can be influential, transformative, and life-changing for those who are selected. What criteria do we use to make these vital decisions regarding our young men? How effective are our selections? What opportunities exist for young men who are not selected?
Presenter: Tom Gordon, Hutt International Boys’ School (New Zealand))
Appeals to: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate

How School-Based Research Informs Faculty Leadership and Student Agency
Discover how Crescent School’s investment in a research institute has furthered its mission and strategic priorities. The focus on the professional growth of middle leaders and the development of student research programs has resulted in a more engaged and connected school community and informed school improvement plans.
Presenters: Sandra Boyes, Michael Fellin, and Trish Cislak, Crescent School (Canada)
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic

"I'm Offended!  You're Cancelled!" Teaching Controversies in Schools
In an age of fake news and alternative facts, spurred on by social media and the culture wars, issues of controversy are dividing us. Gain theoretical insights into controversy and practical frameworks for teaching about contentious topics, including how to facilitate respectful discussion, the biases that impact student beliefs, and pedagogical techniques.
Presenter: Glenn Bezalel, City of London School (United Kingdom)
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: Intermediate

Leading with Pride
Starting with the creation of a student-led LGBT+ Society, through to the development of Sixth Form Pride Leaders and holding our very first Pride Week in 2023, the last six years have seen us improving the support we offer for our LGBT+ students. Learn about our journey and explore practical ways schools can better support LGBT+ students.
Presenter: Kelly Chalk, Aylesbury Grammar School (United Kingdom)
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic

Penguins, Restaurants, and Vehicles: How PBL Fosters Innovation and Leadership
Highlights the benefits of project-based learning (PBL) in math class and beyond. Learn to maximize student engagement, build deep conceptual understanding, and support cross-curricular learning. Discover how high-interest projects support differentiated instruction, innovation, resilience, and leadership skills in students.
Presenters: Mary Ann Warrington and Carly Nathan, Town School for Boys (United States)
Appeals to: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic

Providing Boys with Choice: Enhancing Engagement Through Rigorous Learning
Declines in student engagement and motivation for learning in the middle years are well-documented across research studies, so we posed the question: How can curriculum innovation characterized by student choice and inquiry enhance engagement? Examine the pedagogical principles underpinning initiatives to engage boys and highlight case examples that incorporate student voice.
Presenters: Kimberley Pressick-Kilborn, Tim Bowden, and Debbie Williams, Trinity Grammar School (Australia)
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate

Show What You Know: How Differentiated Assessments Increase Boys’ Confidence
Could taking a test actually be fun? Teachers have become skilled at differentiating instruction to meet various learning needs. This should also hold true for the assessment process. We researched an innovative “show what you know” differentiated assessment method and found that it improved boys’ confidence, engagement, and learning outcomes. Come see how this method might benefit your own boys.
Presenters: Kori Brown, The Haverford School (United States); Julie Haines, The Agnes Irwin School (United States)
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to the topic

Signature Projects: Whole-School Interdisciplinary Learning in the Liberal Arts
At Huitong, G1 – 8 pupils participate in a Global History Project. Each grade follows a theme (e.g., explorers, enlightenment) studied throughout the year. It is interdisciplinary, taught by 10 different departments, and has city-as-classroom expeditions, performances, and exhibitions. Discover how to create a gripping program that delivers traditional liberal arts content via innovative methods.
Presenters: Jim Hawkins and Weiyi Kong, Huitong School (China)
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: Intermediate

Strength Through Knowledge: Creating Thought Leaders in Well-Being
Montgomery Bell Academy's Counseling Office and its Deans Office together produced an in-house program for boys that focuses on emotional intelligence and life-balance strategies. We believe that emotional expression and empathy are teachable and hope this interactive program helps our boys navigate adolescence and be real-world ready for life beyond high school.
Presenters: Michael Kelly and Caroline Scholer, Montgomery Bell Academy (United States)
Appeals to: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate

Student Leadership: Lead, Connect, Serve
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)
Appeals to: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate

Successful Partnerships That Enable Young People to Fulfill Their Potential
Share our school vision to enable every young person in our community, irrespective of background, to thrive and achieve their full potential. Look at case studies of strategies that have worked well while reflecting on programs that have proven less successful. Hear about a new initiative that is leading to extraordinary results for young people in our care.
Presenters: Tim Dalton and Gitanjali Bhattacharya, Harrow School (United Kingdom); John Sparks, Radley College (United Kingdom)
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: Intermediate

What Does a Student's Grade Mean? A Pedagogical Look at Grading Practices
What does the grade mean in my classroom? Motivated by the book Grading for Equity by Joe Feldman, my colleagues and I created space to challenge ourselves to answer this question. Discover what we took from the reading as well as practices we have integrated into our classrooms to promote more equity in the way students learn and master our subject.
Presenters: Tim Lauer, Cody Miles, and Frank Fitzgibbon, Gilman School (United States)
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic