IBSC Teachers New to Boys’ Schools Collaboration

Starting February 21, 2023

Build your network in this yearlong global learning and networking program for teachers new to boys' schools. Connect and collaborate with peers as you grow and develop your specialty as a teacher of boys and understand what it means to work in a boys’ school. Leverage networking opportunities to develop lifelong professional friendships and build mutual support structures. 

Who Should Attend?

Teachers newly hired at boys' schools


The IBSC Teachers New to Boys’ Schools Collaboration offers six virtual opportunities for learning and collaborating. Hosted on Zoom, each 90-minute session includes:

  • A 45-minute keynote or panel discussion
  • 15 minutes for Q&A
  • 30 minutes for breakout discussion

Breakout discussion groups will change for each session to enhance global connections. In addition to the sessions, participants engage in an online community to continue the conversation, provide mutual support, and share helpful resources on their own schedules.

Plus, you may take the opportunity to meet colleagues in person at the optional gathering at the 2023 IBSC Annual Conference hosted by Westlake Boys High School in Auckland, New Zealand.


February 2023 Cohort

Why a Boys’ School?
February 21, 2023 
4:00 PM EST

Gain insight into how boys’ schools intentionally educate students to excel academically and grow into men of integrity, empathy, compassion, and courage. Meet significant leaders in boys’ education as they share their experiences in boys’ schools. Also get introduced to IBSC and the exclusive opportunities and resources available to you as faculty at IBSC member schools.

A Relational Approach to Boys’ Learning
April 19, 2023 
4:00 PM EDT

Join Michael Reichert and members of the IBSC Special Interest Group on Relational Learning as they highlight and explain the research on boys as relational learners. Gain insight into the pedagogical practices that help teachers build strong, caring relationships with boys that enhance learning and academic achievement.

Boys and Belonging
May 17, 2023 
4:00 PM EDT

In his opening address at the 2015 IBSC Annual Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, Archbishop Desmond Tutu said, “We were made for interdependence: ubuntu. A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, and does not feel threatened by the abilities of the other. We are diminished when others are humiliated; we are diminished when others are tortured or oppressed. Ubuntu speaks about our interconnectedness. You cannot be human all by yourself. We think of ourselves far too often as individuals, separated from one another.” 

When we embody this quality—ubuntu —we recognize people for who they are in all their diversity and integrity. Join a panel of boys and educators as they discuss the importance of belonging, diversity, equity, and inclusion in boys’ schools.

Optional In-Person Gathering at the IBSC Annual Conference
Hosted by Westlake Boys High School in Auckland, New Zealand
July 5 – 8, 2023 (exact day and time coming soon)

The IBSC Board of Trustees hosts a special reception at the IBSC Annual Conference for participants in both cohorts to network with each other and get tips to maximize their conference experience. You must register for the IBSC Annual Conference to attend this reception.

Attending the IBSC Annual Conference is not mandatory for the collaboration.

IBSC Research
September 13, 2023 
4:00 PM EDT

IBSC commissions, executes, and disseminates formal academic research to catalyze professional growth and school improvement. Global in scope and participation, our research represents all major regions of IBSC membership. Hear directly from the IBSC Research Committee and the IBSC Action Research coordinator about current IBSC research into boys’ education.

The Emotional Lives of Boys
October 18, 2023 
4:00 PM EDT

Recent articles and talks have focused on boys in crisis. Frequently, these viewpoints refer to a stereotypical understanding of masculinity that prevents us from seeing the fullness of boys’ emotional lives. At boys’ schools, we embrace the full boy. Join us to understand how boys can benefit from school cultures that destigmatize mental health issues, create connection opportunities, challenge masculine stereotypes, and foster supportive relationships.

Head of School Panel
November 29, 2023 
4:00 PM EST

Hear from a global panel of heads of boys’ schools and participate in a Q&A about boys’ schools and educating boys.


  • IBSC member rate: US $445 

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: Watch your email for login information a week before the program starts. If you registered later than this time, watch for login information within 24 hours


Please contact Bruce Collins at collins@theibsc.org.

Two Opportunities for Teachers New to Boys' Schools

IBSC offers two professional development opportunities for teachers new to boys’ schools.

  1. The IBSC online class Single-Gender Education: A Course for Teachers New to Boys’ Schools explores best practice and research in boys' classrooms in an online course format. The class runs asynchronously, so you choose when to complete the 3-5 hours of participation each of the three weeks it runs. IBSC hosts this online class several times each year to fit your schedule best. 
  2. The IBSC Teachers New to Boys’ Schools Collaboration connects peers to nurture lifelong professional friendships and build mutual support structures. This yearlong global program helps you develop your specialty as a teacher of boys and understand what it means to work in a boys’ school.

While you may engage in either opportunity individually or in any order, IBSC recommends taking the online class first. Then engage in the networking collaboration to gain maximum benefit. Members who participate in both programs receive a discounted rate.

Contact Bruce Collins at collins@theibsc.org for details on applying the discount during registration.