Boys and Stories

An IBSC On-Demand Online Class

For thousands of years, people have used stories to process and make sense of the world around them, learning from and through stories. Stories connect us to one another and help us to learn about our history and ancestors. We tell our own stories to transform ourselves, inspire others, and help define our personal identity. When we listen to other people’s stories, we develop empathy, understanding, and a tolerance of difference and “otherness”—we begin to recognize the world from multiple perspectives. When we learn through stories, we have much better retention of content and recall of key ideas. Stories encourage deep learning through establishing significant links and connections.

This on-demand class encourages teachers to think about how they might implement storytelling as a pedagogy in their own classrooms. Drawing from literature, IBSC action research, and the experience of teachers in IBSC member schools around the world, the IBSC Boys and Stories on-demand class introduces participants to the pedagogy of storytelling in boys’ schools.

Who Should Attend?

All boys' educators benefit from the insight of this class; classroom teachers, tutors, and advisors gain ideas to put into practice immediately.

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 coursework at whatever pace you choose. If you need access for longer than 30 days, you will have to repurchase 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. Set an intention and take a quiz. Then receive feedback from the course facilitator.

After you satisfactorily complete the quiz and get feedback on your plan of action, you earn a certificate of course completion.

Contributing Educators

Patricia Alviano, Crescent School (Canada) 
Tammy Bechus and Kristy Carlisle, St. David’s Marist Inanda (South Africa)
Pete Bonds, Blue Ridge School (United States)
Patrick Ell, St. Augustine's College (Australia)
Pooja Mathur, The King’s School (Australia)
Callan Moore, St. Alban’s College (South Africa)
Jen O'Farrell, St. Christopher's School (United States)
Nicole Richardson, St. Peter's Boys' Prep (South Africa)

Course Facilitator: Bruce Collins, IBSC


  • IBSC member rate: US $99
  • Nonmember rate: US $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.