2024 IBSC Annual Conference

2024 IBSC Annual ConferenceHarrow School

Harrow on the Hill, London, United Kingdom

July 1-4

Workshop Block 5

Thursday, July 4, 9:00 - 10:00 AM

Acquiring Character and Leadership: St. Mark’s Brendan Court Summer Program
Discover how St. Mark’s School of Texas uses community service as a way to advance its leadership mission statement. Reviewing the three-week Brendan Court Summer Enrichment Program as an example, hear how Marksmen acquire social responsibility, empathy, integrity, communication, humility, and accountability.
Presenters: Jorge Correa and Katherine Anson, St. Mark's School of Texas (United States)
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate

Across Borders and Boundaries: Multiculturalism in 21st Century Education
Explore the role of boys’ schools in supporting culturally diverse cohorts of students. Examine a case study of what has occurred at Melbourne Grammar School before launching a broader discussion. Discuss questions around diversity and inclusion, along with the role of educators in facilitating diverse and inclusive environments.
Presenters: Vincent Chiang and Belinda Annan, Melbourne Grammar School (Australia)
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: Intermediate

Action and Research-Based ESD Curriculum for Senior Secondary Boys
Learn about the school-based curriculum that empowers senior secondary boys through an innovative approach to education that combines action-based learning and research. Building upon the long-standing commitment to education for sustainable development (ESD), find out how to equip young learners with the knowledge, skills, and mindset necessary to address pressing environmental and social challenges.
Presenters: Ka Yun Ng, Chan Hiu Lam, and Lam Pak Kei Paul, St. Paul's College (Hong Kong)
Appeals to: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate

An Evidence-Based Healthy Masculinity Program for KS3 (Middle School)
Masculinity is an inherently complex topic, inescapable in today’s landscape. Whether we are ready for the discussions or not, our students are already thinking and talking about it. This evidence-based program is simple to roll out and promotes genuine engagement. Students' feedback is positive and they are grateful for the opportunity to explore this taboo topic in a safe environment.
Presenter: Rachael Jackson, Aylesbury Grammar School (United Kingdom)
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate

Bridging Ages, Blending Wisdom: Navigating Boys' Growth Together
Dive into a unique exploration of boys' growth through the lens of contrasting perspectives. Join our engaging workshop where a retired head and a current teacher/department chair unite to unravel complexities of supporting boys' social, emotional, and academic growth. Discover common threads that bind us together in our shared passion for nurturing boys.
Presenters: Samara Speilberg, The Allen-Stevenson School (United States); Hal Hannaford, Selwyn House School (Canada)
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: Intermediate

Case Study CSB: Reputation Analysis for an Impactful and Innovative Strategic Plan
A school’s reputation constitutes its most valuable asset for authenticity, distinctiveness, name, and acclaim. Examine a case study of a leading boys’ school that undertook a reputation evaluation to inform a new strategic plan. Learn how a reputation perspective and tools shape an impactful strategic plan to drive a school’s reputation and success.
Presenters: Stephen Holmes, The 5Rs Partnership; Burns Jones, Cathedral School for Boys (United States)
Appeals to: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12), Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate

Community Engagement: The Obstacles and the Joy
Explore a model for community engagement through tutoring and co-learning opportunities. Discuss challenges and considerations to ensure enriching learning experiences for all. Take this opportunity to explore ideas appropriate for your context and share experiences of community-focused engagement programs.
Presenter: Jyoti Sehgal, Upper Canada College (Canada)
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic

Cultivating Holistic Excellence: The Blackfriars Priory School Learner Profile
Hear about the journey and insights from Blackfriars Priory School in developing a comprehensive learner profile. Find out how we tailor our approach to cultivate not just academic excellence but also personal growth, resilience, and ethical leadership in students, preparing them for the challenges of the 21st century.
Presenters: Brett Knowles and David Ruggiero, Blackfriars Priory School (Australia)
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: Intermediate

Everything That Shines Is Not Gold, But We Can Help on It!
Not all our students are first-class pupils. We deal with a great variety of students ranging from slow to first-class pupils. Our great challenge is what to do in general to engage every single student in our daily practices. There is no such thing as a magic wand, but certain approaches do help to bring out the best of each individual.
Presenters: Isidre Cheto, Cristian Pàmies Alegre, and Cinta Ortego De Miguel, Viaró Global School (Spain)
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic

Exceptional Real-World Learning for Young Men
Research and experiences tell us that in Years 9 and 10 boys are more likely to become disengaged in learning. As a school we embarked on a three-year project to evaluate the effectiveness of our junior program. Our findings led us to a complete redesign of all programs, systems, and structures in creating a localized curriculum that reflects the needs, hopes, and aspirations of our young men.
Presenters: Jon McDowall, James Burnside, and Kurt Paterson, St. Bede's College (New Zealand)
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate

In the Lion’s Mouth: The Intersection of Gender and Purpose in a Boys’ School
In a society rooted in misogyny, working in boys’ schools can feel like placing your head in the lion’s mouth; thus, women-identifying faculty and staff sometimes develop uneasy relationships with their roles. Join two female school administrators to discuss why we’ve chosen to work in boys’ schools and how colleagues (of all gender identities) can find purpose and intention in boys’ schools.
Presenters: Janetta Lien and Danielle Passno, The Browning School (United States)
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to the topic

Leading the Learning: The Tradition and Future of Executive Functioning
Join us for an innovative and collaborative presentation to evaluate our traditional roles in the development of young boys' executive functioning skills. Empower admissions professionals and educators of Years 1 – 6 to adequately identify deficits and proactively support students growth in self-advocacy, self-regulation, and organization.
Presenters: Mara Scarbrough and Leigh Contreras, The Regis School of the Sacred Heart (United States)
Appeals to: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate

Learning to Serve and Serving to Learn
Service learning offers a powerful learning opportunity for our students, staff, and the community. This ensures that as our young men begin to serve and lead in their communities, they have developed character traits such as empathy, compassion, and a disposition to serve others. Join us to affirm and challenge our practice, drawing on both research and experience in schools.
Presenters: Andrew Mansfield and Huw Blood, Shore School (Australia)
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic

Navigating the Emotions of Senior Year: A Collaborative Counseling Approach
Learn how a director of counseling and a director of college counseling developed social-emotional university process programming addressing the tricky group dynamics of a fragmented senior class.
Presenters: Carrie Friend and Nikki Magaziner Mills, St. Albans School (United States)
Appeals to: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate

On-the-Ground Culture-Building Through Student Filmmaking
Discuss the practical ways that philosophy and culture in boys’ schools are built, as seen through a qualitative study of all-boys institutions in the American Midwest. A documentary project filmed by an all-boys student team offers lessons about experiential learning and alternative learning models.
Presenters: KC Perlberg, Scott Tabernacki, and Ellie Menke, Mount Carmel High School (United States)
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate

Turning the Page: Why Teenage Boys Stop Reading and What Schools Can Do About It
Join this global team committed to nurturing reading cultures. Five research realms have been investigated in 23 IBSC schools. Gain insight from their current realities, success stories, and strategies. Leadership reinvigorates tradition through innovation and inspires a way forward to adopt a collective effort to build—or rebuild—a reading culture.
Presenters: Trish Cislak, Crescent School (Canada); Amaryllis Barton, King Edward the VI (United Kingdom); Jason Saikaly, The Southport School (Australia); Carolyn Friedlander, Woodberry Forest School (United States); Gabrielle Mace, St. Augustine College (Australia)
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate

"What a Piece of Work Is a Man"—Relationships Education and Shakespeare
Harrow School is known for its great Shakespeare tradition, but can this tradition really help boys navigate 21st century problems? Find out how Shakespeare’s plays could be the answer to one of the most pressing problems in society today: how to teach boys about consent and healthy relationships.
Presenter: Thomasin Bailey, Harrow School (United Kingdom)
Appeals to: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate