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



Michael DezuanniMichael Dezuanni

Michael Dezuanni is a professor in digital media and learning at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. He undertakes research about digital media, literacies, and learning in home, school, and community contexts. Dezuanni has published four books and authored more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. From 2020 to 2023, he has conducted research about teens and reading in the digital age. As a student, Dezuanni attended a boys’ school for his secondary schooling; and as teacher, he taught secondary school English and media studies at an independent boys’ school in Brisbane for almost a decade.


Trish CislakTrish Cislak

Trish Cislak spends her days as head of libraries at Crescent School (Canada). Her role encompasses integrating educational technology and information literacy skills in a future-forward skills continuum, team-teaching many courses including AP Seminar with an inquiry-based approach, and building a reading culture among the boys. In 2019-20, Cislak took on the role of director of research for the Crescent Centre for Boys’ Education (CCBE). The research center focuses on teaching and learning best practices for boys. Her main role involves engaging and empowering student researchers as they investigate ways to positively impact school culture. She supports a four-tiered system for colleagues to engage in research as part of their practice and co-hosts WELLRead, the CCBE podcast. 

Pooja MathurPooja Mathur

Pooja Mathur is a teacher librarian at The King’s School (Australia) Senior Library and coordinator of the school’s Reading Club. Her extensive professional experience includes serving as vice president, operations of The School Library Association of New South Wales and as a member of the IBSC Action Research cohort for 2022-23, investigating Shattering Stereotypes: Helping Boys Cultivate Healthy Masculinity. Mathur believes in the transformative, healing, informative, and educational power of good stories. She is passionate about advocating the essential role school libraries and qualified library staff play in boosting academic and well-being initiatives for all students. 

Lisa SnyderLisa Snyder

Head of Information Services Lisa Snyder has overseen the JrK-12 library program at The Haverford School (United States) for 25 years. Keen to see her students find success, both in school and beyond, she focuses on supporting students as they build their literacies. Her current professional area of inquiry centers on critical thinking and how to leverage intentional teaching of critical thinking to help students navigate an increasingly complex information landscape. Snyder sees the continued practice of reading as fundamental to laying the foundation for students to become rigorous thinkers.




Andrew StarkAndrew Stark

After 12 years as head of libraries and information services at The Southport School (Australia), Andrew Stark became the associate dean of learning and teaching for professional learning and research. His association with IBSC began when he completed an IBSC Action Research project in 2014. Since then, Stark has participated and presented at multiple IBSC Annual Conferences. He served as a driving force behind The Southport School’s successful hosting of the 2018 IBSC Annual Conference. Stark also serves as a member of the Bond University Human Research Ethics Committee. His research interests include library design and development, the creation of positive learning spaces, and promoting wellness through bibliotherapy.