Boys and Belonging
Creating Inclusive and Affirming Schools for Boys
June 7 – July 5, 2021
“As I often tell teachers—some of our most important leaders—we can’t always ask our students to take off the armor at home, or even on their way to school, because their emotional and physical safety may require self-protection. But what we can do, and what we are ethically called to do, is create a space in our schools and classrooms where all students can walk in and, for that day or hour, take off the crushing weight of their armor, hang it on a rack, and open their heart to truly being seen.
“We must be guardians of a space that allows students to breathe and be curious and explore the world and be who they are without suffocation. They deserve one place where they can rumble with vulnerability and their hearts can exhale... We should never underestimate the benefit to a child of having a place to belong—even one— where they can take off their armor. It can and often does change the trajectory of their life.”
—Brené Brown, Dare to Lead
Administrators and teachers in boys’ schools, continue your professional growth by understanding what it means to create an inclusive and affirming school for boys. More than ever teachers of boys need to foster school environments where belonging is a priority. Get guidance on essential elements of creating a culture of belonging in boys’ schools. Take advantage of this opportunity to:
- Develop an understanding of a pedagogy of belonging.
- Gain insight into best practice to foster diversity, equity and inclusion in boys’ schools.
- Learn how to support transgender students in a single-gender school.
- Examine new perspectives on masculinity.
- Explore redefining success for students in boys’ schools.
Classes run asynchronously, so there is no specific time each week when you must attend online. Plan to spend at least 3-5 hours each week the class is in session. Coursework and assignments for each unit open Monday morning; please complete this work by the following Sunday evening. Grace periods are given, but interaction proves more effective when the entire class works on the same topic. Connect and collaborate with colleagues in a variety of interactive media, including short videos and discussion boards.
Kim Hudson, director of the Center for the Study of Boys at St. Christopher’s School (United States), shares her expertise and guides you throughout the class.
- IBSC member rate: US $445
- Nonmember rate: US $575
- IBSC South Africa member rate: US $355
IBSC will refund 90% of registration fees if a written request is received two weeks prior to the class. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after this time. Schools seeking to register an alternate to replace a participant unable to attend should contact IBSC@theibsc.org.
Please note: Watch your email for login information for your online class the Friday before the class starts. If you registered for the class later than this time, watch for login information within 24 business hours.