IBSC Ideas Lab

Professional Conversations for Assistant and Deputy Heads of Boys' Schools 

IBSC ideas labStarting January 17, 2024


IBSC Ideas Lab invites assistant and deputy heads of member schools to connect virtually using the free online tool Zoom. Limited to 14 participants plus the facilitator, this IBSC Ideas Lab includes three one-hour sessions for participants to discuss relevant topics.

Designed as an interactive exchange among colleagues, IBSC Ideas Lab engages dedicated educators who learn and grow together. Before each session, participants engage with relevant resources to provide a foundation for discussions. Together we surface fresh ideas and build mutual support structures and enduring professional friendships.

Available exclusively to IBSC member schools, first-time participants who can commit to joining all three sessions get preference in registration to support the success of each small group. No more than two participants from one school may register for an IBSC Ideas Lab.

Who Should Attend?

Assistant and deputy heads of IBSC member schools


IBSC Ideas Lab attendees participate in three scheduled one-hour calls using Zoom. Jennifer Colleran, vice principal, The Sterling Hall School (Canada), facilitates each session. 

Conversation Topics

Conversation 1
Leadership in a Boys' School
Wednesday, January 17, 4:00 PM EST, 9:00 PM GMT, 11:00 PM SAST
Thursday, January 18, 8:00 AM AEDT, 10:00 AM NZDT 
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The leadership landscape of boys' schools offers a dynamic interplay of opportunities and challenges. As assistant or deputy heads, your role not only anchors the broader vision of the school but also bridges the connections among faculty and staff, students, and the head of the school. Dive into an exploration of the nuances of leadership in boys' schools, debunk myths, and unpack the value of single-gender education. Delve into the pivotal role of an assistant and deputy head in bolstering the school's vision, supporting faculty and staff, and driving meaningful partnerships with the school head. Join us as we chart a course for impactful leadership that truly resonates in a boys' school setting.

Conversation 2
Developing the Whole Boy
Wednesday, January 24, 4:00 PM EST, 9:00 PM GMT, 11:00 PM SAST
Thursday, January 25, 8:00 AM AEDT, 10:00 AM NZDT 
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In the intricate ecosystem of boys' education, assistant and deputy heads play a pivotal role, acting as the stewards of both academic progress and the development of the whole boy. Beyond the rigorous academic regimen, a vast domain of social-emotional learning exists—essential for nurturing emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills in boys. Furthermore, the mental, emotional, and physical well-being of boys is paramount. Recognizing signs, supporting health, and ensuring appropriate interventions are key leadership responsibilities. Dive into strategies tailored for boys, encompassing academic rigor, social-emotional learning, and the undeniable importance of extra-curricular programs in cultivating attributes from team spirit to leadership prowess. As deputy and assistant heads, the question arises: How can we craft and bolster a framework ensuring such programs and initiatives not only exist but thrive? Engage with us as we dissect the myriad ways to create an environment where every boy feels academically challenged, emotionally supported, and physically active, all steered by the visionary leadership within the school.

Conversation 3
Behavior Management in Boys' Schools 
Wednesday, January 31, 4:00 PM EST, 9:00 PM GMT, 11:00 PM SAST
Thursday, February 1, 8:00 AM AEDT, 10:00 AM  NZDT 
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The behavioral landscape of boys' schools often requires nuanced understanding and tailored strategies. As deputy and assistant heads, the responsibility often falls on your shoulders to set the tone for behavior expectations and to lead the charge when navigating complex disciplinary situations. Delve into the essential role you play in shaping and maintaining a positive school culture. It's not merely about setting guidelines but about fostering a culture where positive conversations are initiated when things go awry. How can restorative justice be implemented to address and heal breaches in trust or misconduct, particularly in scenarios unique to boys' schools? Engage with us in this vital discussion about championing proactive measures, leading restorative conversations, and ultimately, ensuring the school environment is one of respect, understanding, and growth.


IBSC member rate: US $150

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 IBSC@theibsc.org.

Please note: Participants will receive detailed call information and meeting invitations after registration closes.


Jennifer ColleranJennifer Colleran

Jennifer Colleran is the vice principal of The Sterling Hall School (Canada), a JK-8 school in Toronto. Prior to her current role, she served as the director of teaching and learning. Before joining Sterling Hall in 2015, Colleran taught for 20 years at Branksome Hall and volunteered as a workshop leader, site visitor, and consultant for the International Baccalaureate. She earned her undergraduate degree from McGill University, her B.Ed. from York University, and holds an master's in educational leadership and policy from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at University of Toronto.