IBSC Ideas Lab

Professional Conversations for Heads and Assistant Heads of Middle Schools 

IBSC ideas labStarting November 7, 2023


IBSC Ideas Lab invites middle school heads and assistant 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?

Middle school heads and assistant heads of IBSC member schools


IBSC Ideas Lab attendees participate in three scheduled one-hour calls using Zoom. Jay Greytok, head of middle school, The Haverford School (United States), facilitates each session with thought-provoking input from guest presenters who contextualize each topic. 

Conversation Topics

Conversation 1
Emerging Technology and Middle School Boys: Navigating the Digital Landscape with AI and More
Tuesday, November 7, 4:00 PM EST, 9:00 PM GMT, 11:00 PM SAST
Wednesday, November 8, 8:00 AM AEDT, 10:00 AM NZDT 
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As we usher in an era dominated by artificial intelligence (AI) and groundbreaking technological innovations, the digital landscape that middle school boys interact with continues to evolve rapidly. Address the dual challenge of fostering good digital citizenship while also understanding the curricular impacts of such technologies. It's not just about the tools boys use, but how these tools shape their relational connections, behaviors, and learning experiences. Share strategies to ensure that middle school boys not only adeptly navigate this digital realm but do so with responsibility, empathy, and a deeper understanding of the technology's wider implications. Join us as we encourage each other to strategize about middle school boys’ engagement with the digital frontier, emphasizing connection, education, and ethical technology use.

Conversation 2
Empathy, Identity, and Adolescence: Guiding Middle School Boys Through Pivotal Years
Tuesday, November 14, 4:00 PM EST, 9:00 PM GMT, 11:00 PM SAST
Wednesday, November 15, 8:00 AM AEDT, 10:00 AM NZDT 
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Middle school presents a unique nexus of challenges for boys, from grappling with their emerging identities to expressing genuine kindness and empathy. Weaving together these interconnected themes, discuss tailored strategies and methodologies that resonate with boys, from school programming and leadership roles to positive modeling. Also focus on empowering boys to recognize their potential to contribute meaningfully to the world around them. Join us as we discuss how to help boys navigate and flourish during their transformative middle school years.

Conversation 3
Social-Emotional Learning in Boys' Middle Schools 
Tuesday, November 21, 4:00 PM EST, 9:00 PM GMT, 11:00 PM SAST
Wednesday, November 22, 8:00 AM AEDT, 10:00 AM NZDT 
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The pandemic underscored the vital role of social-emotional learning (SEL) for middle school boys at a transformative stage. Merging the pillars of SEL with the essence of kindness, explore insights on holistic educational approaches. Delve into strategies to emphasize emotional intelligence, resilience, and the importance of fostering genuine kindness. From tailored programming to the power of positive role models, join us in championing an environment where boys thrive emotionally and academically in these pivotal middle school years.


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.


Jay GreytokJay Greytok

A 1983 graduate of The Haverford School (United States), Jay Greytok joined the middle school faculty at the school in the fall of 1988. He received his bachelor of science degree in biology from Syracuse University in 1987, his master’s in educational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009, his MBA from St. Joseph’s University in 2012, and his Ed. D. from St. Joseph’s University in 2019. Greytok taught physical science to eighth grade students for three years before moving to the upper school where he taught math, biology, chemistry, physics, animal behavior, and physiology. He became dean of the upper school in 1996, after four years of working as a form dean. In 1998, Greytok assumed the role of head of middle school.