IBSC Cultivating Well-Being in the All-Boys Classroom

social emotional well-being

An IBSC Online Program

May 13, 2024

In classrooms around the globe, educators are increasingly concerned about the rising levels of stress and anxiety among students. Addressing this challenge requires innovative strategies that transcend traditional educational boundaries. Drawing upon the science of happiness, Samara Spielberg has used research to inform classroom strategies that foster happiness and well-being in boys. Educators and school leaders from all disciplines, join us to explore how you can integrate these principles into teaching practices to create a nurturing and positive learning environment.

Grounded in the compelling evidence that meaningful relationships are central to happiness, learn strategies crafted to demystify the concept of happiness through accessible and engaging content. By leveraging authentic resources and student-centered activities, boys feel encouraged to explore the themes of connection, laughter, mindfulness, and acts of kindness. Gain insight into how these activities not only support academic development but also promote a culture of well-being and empathy among boys. Through reflective practices and project-based learning, boys embark on a journey to understand and cultivate their own happiness, leading to enhanced emotional and social growth.


  • The Foundation of Happiness
    Learn about the research underpinning the science of happiness and get tools to articulate the importance of happiness in the learning process. Enhance engagement with boys by providing a solid rationale for classroom strategies that ensure boys of all ages can articulate and pursue their own happiness strategies.
  • SEL and Academic Rigor
    Gain insight into how social-emotional learning (SEL) can develop critical analysis, synthesis of knowledge, and persuasive presentation skills—developing the academic rigor that can be a hallmark of effective SEL.
  • Practical Application and Customization
    Receive a comprehensive guide to implementing the happiness curriculum in diverse educational settings using adaptable lesson plans and activities suitable for a range of learning stages, from novice to advanced. Get equipped with the skills to tailor the curriculum to your boys’ unique needs by emphasizing differentiation, personalization, and reflective assessment.

Who Should Attend?

Educators of all grade levels and subject areas who seek to enhance your students' emotional well-being while promoting a positive classroom environment. If you're a teacher, counselor, or school administrator in a boys’ school, passionate about fostering student happiness and resilience, get the tools and insights you need.


Participate in a scheduled 90-minute interactive session using Zoom.

All registered attendees have access to the recording of this session for 21 days after the event. Even if your schedule cannot accommodate the live event, register so you can watch the recording at your convenience.

Monday, May 13, 4:00 PM EDT, 9:00 PM BST, 10:00 PM SAST 
Tuesday, May 14, 6:00 AM AEST, 8:00 AM NZST 
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90 minutes

Available exclusively to IBSC members, the session includes a 60-minute interactive and practical presentation, followed by 30 minutes for Q&A and reflection.


  • IBSC member rate: US $165

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.

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Watch your email for login information for your online event the Friday before it starts. If you registered later than this time, watch for login information within 24 hours.


Please contact Bruce Collins at collins@theibsc.org.


Samara SpielbergSamara Spielberg

Learner, leader, and connector enthusiast, Samara Spielberg is known for her innovative approach to designing, implementing, and adapting curricula. A firm believer in the power of collective success, she has delivered workshops, trainings, presentations, and keynote addresses to schools, districts, universities, and several prominent teaching and language-learning professional organizations., Her viral Gratitude Challenge (#LangChatGratitudeChallenge) on Twitter exemplifies one of many curricular touchstones that have inspired over 200 schools to marry the latest and greatest in modern pedagogy with the pillars of social-emotional learning.

A seasoned educator of boys with over 12 years of experience in a boys’ school setting, Spielberg’s own IBSC Action Research on vulnerability, boys, and storytelling has inspired her work. The heart of her work lies at the intersection of theory and practice. A consummate bookworm, Spielberg has garnered a following due to her ability to transform high-level education research and turnkey findings into actionable techniques and frameworks for teachers of all levels. You can find her on social media @srtaspielberg (Instagram) or @SamaraSpielberg (Twitter), or somewhere in Manhattan, dancing and walking her Cavapoochon, Guapo.