IBSC Getting High School Boys to Read

An IBSC Online Program for Teachers in Boys' High Schools 
Co-hosted by The Southport School (Australia)

The Southport SchoolApril 25 and May 2, 2023


Join Michael Dezuanni and a global group of boys’ school librarians for two workshops on getting high school boys to read.

Encouraging boys to read as we build reading cultures in boys’ schools remains challenging. Despite the popular belief that this task falls into the domain of librarians and language teachers, it is an important issue for every teacher because research shows that reading affects boys’ success across the curriculum. All boys’ schools, teacher-librarians, and educators should understand how best to address the challenges associated with building cultures of reading in boys' schools.


Discovering a “Good Read”: Pathways to Reading for Teenage Boys

Tuesday, April 25, 5:00 PM EDT, 10:00 PM BST, 11:00 PM SAST 
Wednesday, April 26, 7:00 AM AEST, 9:00 AM NZST 
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60 minutes

Michael Dezuanni presents findings from a national project underway in Australia: Discovering a “Good Read”: Pathways to Reading for Australian Teens.  The project has collected data from over 10,000 young Australians from schools nationwide, including from several independent boys’ schools. Then discuss teens' choices when selecting books to read and focus on the relationship between the digital world and reading—which is often positive and productive, despite concerns about screen time. Get some practical suggestions for getting teenage boys to read in digital times.

Join facilitated discussions with global colleagues to examine and consider ways to develop and grow a reading culture for teenage boys in your school.

Solving the Reading Problem: Tools for Success

Tuesday, May 2, 5:00 PM EDT, 10:00 PM BST, 11:00 PM SAST 
Wednesday, May 3, 7:00 AM AEST, 9:00 AM NZST 
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60 minutes

A global panel of school librarians from IBSC schools shares tools and tips for developing successful reading cultures in boys' high schools, both at an institutional level and in the classroom.

Join facilitated discussions with global colleagues to share your ideas and tips to equip boys with the tools to succeed with reading.

Who Should Attend?

All boys' educators in high schools benefit from this program. Classroom teachers and librarians, gain ideas to put into practice immediately. School leaders, develop a better understanding of the impact of reading on boys and how to support reading at an institutional level.


Participate in two scheduled 60-minute interactive sessions using Zoom. Each session includes thought-provoking input and breakout conversations facilitated by faculty from The Southport School.


  • IBSC member rate: US$225 
  • Nonmember rate: US$285

This event is limited to the first 80 people who register.

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 for your online class the Friday before the class starts. If you registered for the class later than this time, watch for login information within 24 business hours.