2020 IBSC Virtual Conference
July 8 - 9
IBSC Action Research Speakers
Following the opening session each day, select a 20-minute IBSC Action Research workshop to attend. Learn cutting-edge ideas from boys' educators who conducted primary research in their schools. Below please find the action researchers who will present at the conference. The schedule offers more details on timing and workshop topics.
Academic Coordinator - Glengarry Campus, The
Scots College (Australia)
Head of Key Stage 3, Physical Education, Aylesbury Grammar School (United
My passion is in the development of and refinement of the curriculum, my department and I teach a broad range of abilities and I am constantly looking for ways to enrich and enthuse the students in PE. I believe that this action research project will enable me look deeper into a range of issues and hopefully develop an exciting change to the Physical education landscape.
|Anné du Plessis|
Head of Subject: Latin and English Teacher, St. John’s College (South Africa)
Assistant Head of Faculty - Science, & TiC of Agriculture and
Agribusiness, Rathkeale College (New Zealand)
|Kathryn (Katy) Mellor|
Mathematics Teacher, Head of Grade 8 Inquiry Based Learning, St. Stithians Boys' College (South Africa)
Teacher Librarian, Upper Canada
Mari has been fortunate to work in public, college and school libraries in Canada, Cyprus, Japan, the United States and Switzerland with learners of all ages. She is interested in how learners engage cognitively and emotionally in libraries. Mari is currently in charge of the Macintosh Library at Upper Canada College in Toronto, where she also advises 10 boys, grades 10-12 and runs a service club.
Middle School Science Teacher, Crescent
My project centres around the development of 21st century learning skills, with a focus on the 4Cs, through the use of a student-generated, personalized action plan.
Director of Technology and Summer Programs, Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart (United States)
Upper School House Dean and Teacher, St.
Christopher's School (United States)
|John Van Dyk|
Head of Senior School, Aquinas College (Australia)
Middle School Librarian, Gilman
School (United States)
Grade 8 Curriculum Coordinator, Hilton College (South Africa)
In 2016, I returned to South Africa to take up a position at Hilton College. My role here involves teaching English and coordinating our Grade 8 curriculum. Our junior curriculum highlights the inter-connection between different subject areas and provides opportunities for collaboration, creativity and problem-based learning.
Grade 2 Homeroom Teacher, The Sterling Hall School (Canada)
I value connection with my students as well as using inquiry in the classroom. The Sterling Hall School’s focus on character education and enthusiasm for innovative practices has allowed me to incorporate my values and passions in my classroom.
When I am not teaching, I love traveling around Canada and the world for outdoor adventures, hiking, scuba diving, and reading.
Head of Natural Sciences, Saint
Benedict's College (South Africa)
My passion for teaching was only realised during my final year of studying a BSc in Biochemistry and Human Physiology during my time as a practical demonstrator and tutor. Instead of pursuing my Honours in Biochemistry, I decided to follow my passion for teaching and do a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE).
My desire to constantly improve as a teacher led to my perusal of a BSc Honours in Science Education. I presented my honour’s research paper titled “Developing science learners’ climate change literacy: a science teacher’s self-study” at the SAARMSTE (Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education) conference.
She is passionate about research and curriculum development, in particular the potential of young people to direct and own their learning and the role of inquiry and access to quality information in the process. She acknowledges the necessity for partners in education to work together in guiding school learners to ask the right questions and expose them to information and opportunities for successful knowledge construction and problem solving. She enjoys spending time with her teenage son, blogging, reading and travelling.
French Master, Eton College (United
I have always been convinced that subject teachers not only have the duty of giving young adults the key to further their understanding of that subject but above all they have a crucial part to play in being a role model. We all have a duty of setting examples of empathy and other qualities which will make young people ‘smart’ citizens.
Eton is a place where I am able to do just that, especially within the current difficult times where one is encouraged to demonstrate kindness.
Learning Strategist, Selwyn House School (Canada)
I began my career as an ESL teacher in Tokyo after which I taught History, Social Studies and French in Melbourne, Australia. When I returned to Canada, I taught at anl independent school specializing in Autism, ADHD, Anxiety and other learning difficulties. It was an eye-opening and rewarding experience.
I have a specialist certification in Special Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from OISE. While I am no longer in the classroom, my background has helped me to understand the needs of different stakeholders.
Director of Academic Growth, Berwick
Grammar School (Australia)
|Caroline Miller Dengler|
Director of Learning Services, 5-12, St.
Paul's School for Boys (United States)
English and English Language Teacher, Scotch