Boys and Reading

An IBSC On-Demand Online Class

Encouraging boys to read—particularly as they get older—remains a challenge. In spite of the popular belief that this task falls into language teachers’ domain, it is an important issue for every teacher because research shows that reading affects a boy’s success across the curriculum. All boys’ schools, librarians, and teachers should address this challenge. The purpose of libraries in boys’ schools, impact of teacher librarians, and the example set by other teachers and adult role models play a starring role.

This on-demand class launches participating teachers and schools into a space where they can develop and implement programs that encourage boys to read. Dive deep into recent research and also investigate practical ideas for engaging boys in reading, improving their reading abilities, and deepening their love for books.

Who Should Attend?

All boys' educators benefit from the insight of this class. Classroom teachers and librarians gain ideas to put into practice immediately. School leaders get a better understanding of the impact of reading on boys across the curriculum and how to integrate its value across the school.

Course Format

Start your on-demand online class at your convenience. The on-demand format works on your schedule: You may pause your class whenever you want; it will resume where you left off when you return to the online platform. You have 30 days to access and complete course work at whatever pace you choose. If you need access for longer than 30 days, you will have to re-purchase the course. All purchases are final, nontransferable and nonrefundable.

It takes the average participant three to four hours to complete an on-demand online class. Each class has three sections:

  1. Get the context for the research and resources from a welcome video and introduction to the research basis and implications for schools.
  2. Engage with the resources and research itself, with additional supplemental resources.
  3. Check your understanding. Take a short quiz and apply knowledge you learned by responding to a case study. Then receive feedback from the course facilitator.

After you satisfactorily complete the quiz and case study. you earn a certificate of course completion. 

Class Reviews

“Thank you to IBSC for this great course. It was a good opportunity to reflect on the literature; what we are already doing to create a reading culture and what we can add. It is a short and very interesting course.” —Annie Thomson, Clifton School (South Africa)

“An excellent way to keep abreast of current research. Flexible entry in and out of course is a benefit with busy schedules. Can work on the course in your own time and own pace. Mixture of modes also helpful — video, reading.” —Michele Rutter, Camberwell Grammar School (Australia)

“We know reading is important but sometimes battle with ideas on how to implement it. I loved this course — great suggestions and practical ideas.” —Moira Campbell, Clifton School (South Africa)

“I think ALL teachers and advisers should take this class! It would be great to somehow have entire faculties complete it!” —Raegan Conlin, St. Albans School (United States)

“This is a very accessible and thought-provoking course for anyone interested in developing a whole school culture of reading in a boys' school.” —Maggie Neelands, Scotch College (Australia)

“This was a practical PD on boys and reading. Expert practitioners sharing their knowledge, combined with accessible reading material.” —Dan Wightman, Scotch College (Australia)

Contributing Experts

Successful educators Di Laycock and Trish Cislak have invested countless hours in their own schools to engage boys authentically in reading. They both share valuable insights about this topic in this class.

Trish Cislak

Trish Cislak

Di Laycock

Di Laycock

Course Facilitator

Bruce Collins

Bruce Collins
IBSC Director of Membership Engagement

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  • IBSC member rate: $99
  • Nonmember rate: $120


Refund Policy

IBSC On-Demand Online Classes are nonrefundable. If a registrant fails to access a course before it expires (30 days), they remain liable for the class fees. No refunds will be given for classes not accessed or completed in time.

Please Note: Each person registered will receive an email with login information to access the on-demand class within 24 hours of IBSC receiving payment for the class. Please contact if you have paid but have not yet received this email.