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The Self-Motivated Boy: Developing Future-Ready Leadership in the Classroom

June 7 – July 5, 2021


The COVID-19 pandemic has suddenly changed our lives in countless ways, adding stress and challenge. It also makes this the ideal time to dive deeper into our understanding of the human mind and the science of adaptability, resilience, and community. If there was ever any doubt, the pandemic has proved that the future-ready skills boys need to are those that will keep them healthy, connected, and innovative in our everchanging world.

Join fellow boys’ educators in this global online class led by award-winning, Harvard-trained psychiatrist and #1 best-selling author Dr. Shimi Kang for a fascinating journey through the latest neuroscience, medical research, and practical tools to achieve better wellness, motivation, and adaptability in the weeks and months to come.

Take advantage of this exceptional opportunity to engage directly with Dr. Kang using her book as a guide to:

  1. Understand modern-day lifestyle, pressures, and consequences of the opposing forces of stress and future-ready skills.
  2. Learn the most effective interpersonal teaching/coaching tools for boys that lead to self-motivation, adaptability, and CQ.
  3. Discover effective teaching/coaching activities for boys that lead to innovation, leadership, and wellness.
  4. Apply practical techniques and tools in the classroom setting while receiving support and guidance including lesson plans that can immediately be applied in a school setting.

Drawing on irrefutable science and unforgettable stories, Dr. Kang illuminates how to prepare boys to develop the key future-ready skills required for success in our “new abnormal.”

Class Format

Engage on your own flexible timetable in this four-week long, asynchronous online journey through Dr. Kang’s best-selling book. Each week Dr. Kang frames the lessons of The Self-Motivated Kid through an educator’s lens. She offers:

  • Thoughts and questions for educators to consider while reading the text;
  • Precise resources for educators that help you go beyond the book through research, articles, videos, and columns specific to the role of educators in boys’ lives;
  • A case study to explore with fellow boys’ educators in the class; and
  • A captivating discussion around a central question or theme in the reading.

Past participants say it's essential to buy the book. You can easily buy The Dolphin Parent: A Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy, and Self-Motivated Kids as an ebook, audiobook, hardcover, or paperback.

If you have yet to read The Self-Motivated Kid / The Dolphin Parent, expect to spend five to six hours per week engaged in the class. If you already read the book, then plan to spend three to four hours each week. Classes run asynchronously, so there is no specific time each week when you must attend online — you choose to participate whenever it’s most convenient for you. Classwork 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.

Take advantage of this amazing opportunity!


  • IBSC member rate: US $445
  • Nonmember rate: US $575
  • IBSC South Africa Member rate: US $355

Refund Policy
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

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.

About Shimi Kang, Class Facilitator

Dr. Shimi Kang is an award-winning, Harvard-trained doctor, researcher, media expert, writer, and keynote speaker. She is the author of The Dolphin Parent: A Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy, and Self-Motivated Kids and The Self Motivated Kid. A No. 1 bestseller, The Dolphin Parent won the 2015 U.S. News International Book Award in the parenting and family category. Her newest title is The Tech Solution: Creating Healthy Habits for Kids Growing up in a Digital World.

An adolescent addiction psychiatrist, Dr. Kang is the former medical director for child and youth mental health for the Vancouver community and currently a clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia. She has helped countless children, adolescents, and adults move toward positive behaviors and better health. Dr. Kang received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, and the 2016 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for her years of outstanding community service in health and wellness. She is the proud mother of three amazing and exhausting children — including two boys!


Class Reviews

"If you want to spark or increase your abilities to motivate your students... this is the class!" — Renzo Forlin, Colegio Alpamayo (Peru)

"This class gets you to think about theoretical and practical ways to invest in boys' education and promote self-motivation." — Meredith Wilson, Sacred Heart School of Halifax (Canada)