2021 IBSC Virtual Conference

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Schedule for June 17 
Hosted by the IBSC UK-Europe Region

3:30 - 5:00 PM BST

(10:30 AM - 12:00 noon EDT)


Opening Student Performances

Viaró Global School (Spain)
Swan Song by Michael Adebiyi, Aylesbury Grammar School (United Kingdom) 

IBSC Hawley-Jarvis Award Presentation

Presented by Tom Batty, chair, IBSC Board of Trustees, and principal, Scotch College (Australia)
Honoring Miguel Dionis, general secretary and head of secondary school, Viaró Global School (Spain)

Farewell to David Armstrong

Remarks by Tom Batty, chair, IBSC Board of Trustees, and principal, Scotch College (Australia), and David Armstrong, executive director, IBSC

Keynote Address
Leadership and Culture
Featuring James Kerr

Explore leadership and culture with James Kerr, author of the international bestseller Legacy, which analyzes the unique culture of the world’s most successful sporting team, the All Blacks.

Introduced by Mark Sturgeon, IBSC vice chair, UK-Europe, IBSC Board of Trustees, and headmaster, Aylesbury Grammar School (United Kingdom)  

Panel Conversation on Leadership and Culture

Join IBSC leaders from UK-Europe as they explore the lessons from James Kerr and how our boys’ schools exemplify this work.

Moderated by Mark Sturgeon, IBSC vice chair, UK-Europe, IBSC Board of Trustees, and headmaster, Aylesbury Grammar School (United Kingdom)  

Panelists: David Atkinson, headmaster, Dr. Challoner’s Grammar School (United Kingdom); Sarah Burns, head teacher, Sandbach School (United Kingdom)


Following the general session, you may select a 30-minute workshop to attend from the list below. In the event app, simply select which workshop room you want to enter.

You may download workshop materials from any presenter who shares them with us by clicking the link under the workshop description.

Connecting Theory, Research, and Practice to Support Effective Thinking
Examine a framework for analyzing how teaching supports effective thinking, using data from the classroom. Developed out of theory and empirical evidence, it offers a lens for teachers to consider your own practice in terms of student thinking. This approach has the capacity to make “local” data more useful and significant for informing teachers' pedagogical development.
Presenters: Hannah Campos Remon, Jacqui Zervos, and Peter Taylor, Brisbane Grammar School (Australia)
Grade Levels: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Do School Sports Develop Character?
Does participation in school sports provide an opportunity for young men to develop strength of character? Examine findings from a survey of Australian boys' school students and staff to examine the role that sports play in developing character in young men. Learn how to apply these findings to your own boys' school context and how you can connect the dots to develop character.
Presenter: Bruce Hodges, Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) (Australia)
Grade Levels: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)

Future-Proofing the Curriculum for 21st Century Learners
Join an exploration of a curriculum suitable for boys in the 21st century. Analyze and discuss the key aspects of a successful, forward-thinking, future-proofed curriculum for boys in an ever-changing and globalized world.
Presenters: Charles Bailey and Michael Gray, Harrow School (United Kingdom)
Grade Levels: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)

Future-Ready Boys' Schools: IBSC Research and Innovation
What issues is your school tackling? How can research help guide decision-making? Join members of the IBSC Research Committee to discuss hot topics in the five domains of research identified as important for future study, including pedagogy, curriculum, character and well-being, school processes and leadership, and culture and teacher formation.
Presenters: Sandra Boyes, Crescent School (Canada); Peter Coutis, Scotch College (Australia); Jonnie Noakes, Eton College (United Kingdom); Hugh Chilton, Caitlin Munday, and Ian Lambert, Scots College (Australia); Kim Hudson, St. Christopher’s School  (Un
Grade Levels: All

Individual Mentoring as an Effective Approach to a Personalized Education
A realistic and effective approach to achieve personalized education is individual mentoring. Mentor-student interactions include frequent one-to-one talks with the student, availability for help, and regular communication with parents and other teachers. Get a detailed description of the model of individual mentoring applied in our school, one of the most valued aspects by both parents and students.
Presenter: Oscar Blanco, Colegio Xaloc (Spain)
Grade Levels: All

Life Through a Lens: Empowering Emerging Identities Through Visual Literacy
For young people visual literacy is a matter of survival. For teachers, schools, and families, empowering students as purposeful consumers and producers of visual texts is paramount for their well-being. Whether negotiating their identities online or viewing content designed to engage and sway them, our students must be equipped with the tools to both critically question and enjoy visual texts.
Presenter: Patrick Ell, St. Augustine's College (Australia)
Grade Levels: All

Research and the Class: New Findings for Practice in the Single-Sex School
Research in a variety of academic areas continues to support the notion of a gendered approach to schooling. Despite the beliefs of some that single-gender education confirms traditional stereotypes, more evidence indicates that this educational paradigm enlarges the opportunities for students. Review results from current research that supports gendered education.
Presenter: Abigail James, Germanna Community College (United States)
Grade Levels: All