2021 IBSC Virtual Conference

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Schedule for June 9 
Hosted by the IBSC Australasia Region

3:30 - 5:00 PM AEST

(1:30 - 3:00 AM EDT)


Opening Student Performance

Westlake Boys’ High School (New Zealand)

Welcome and Introduction

Tom Batty, chair, IBSC Board of Trustees, and principal, Scotch College (Australia)

Conversation on Boys and Relationships

Join a panel of experts as they define relationships, discuss how relationships can go awry, and describe the role schools can play in this critical conversation.

Moderated by Hugh Chilton, director of research and professional learning, The Scots College (Australia)

Panelists: Maree Crabbe, project director, It’s Time We Talked (Australia); Rob Loe, chief executive, Relationships Foundation (United Kingdom); Nancy Hill, Charles Bigelow Professor of Education, Harvard University


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.

The Applied Entrepreneurship Program: Boys' New Pathways to the Future of Work
There is a growing recognition in education that students need to be taught how to think and act entrepreneurially if they are to thrive in a complex and uncertain future. Learn how we have pioneered a personalized pathway of industry immersion, microcredentialing, and real-world projects to address boys' engagement and impact in their university, business, and social enterprise futures.
Presenters: David Todd, Ian Lambert, and Andrew Potter, The Scots College (Australia)
Grade Levels: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)

Boys at Their Best: The CIRCLE-ABSNZ Excellence in Boys' Education Project
Research shows that boys in New Zealand boys' schools do better than boys in coeducational schools. We wanted to find out why. Hear highlights of the research project and learn six performance standards for culture, leadership, curriculum, outcomes, strategy and operations, and teacher professionalism that propel schools where boys thrive and succeed.
Presenters: Philip Cummins, CIRCLE - Centre for Innovation, Research, Creativity, and Leadership in Education; David Ferguson, Westlake Boys' High School (New Zealand)
Grade Levels: All

The Business of Play in Education
In an age of unprecedented technological evolution and expectation, one of the key challenges we face is facilitating and nurturing positive communication. While it might seem superficial, far-fetched or, even unprofessional to deal with this by playing games, find out why it is, in fact, imperative to at least consider doing so some of the time.
Presenter: Daniel Wightman, Scotch College (Australia)
Grade Levels: All

Connecting the Dots with +M
Positive Masculinity (+M) is the expression of attitudes and behaviors embodied and enacted by a person who identifies as a male for the common good, both individually and for the community. Connect the dots between youth and their communities in developing +M. Join the discussion and view examples of how to integrate +M into your community, school, and home.
Presenters: Ross Featherston and Ray Swann, Brighton Grammar School (Australia)
Grade Levels: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)

Developing Effective Collaboration
Do meetings fill with you will dread? While collaboration may be one of those educational buzzwords, what does it really mean to collaborate well? Join colleagues in a range of leadership positions to consider how to work more effectively with others using an interactive format. Experience some collaborative protocols that have worked well in a range of contexts.
Presenter: Douglas Broadbent, Thomas Hassall Anglican College (Australia)
Grade Levels: All

How Can We Support Boys in Becoming Agents of Social Change?
How do you maximise the value of your school's community service program? Combining case studies and research findings, get steps toward running a program that responds to the local community's needs while providing a valuable learning experience for students. Discuss challenges such as balancing the development of student agency while ensuring student safety.
Presenters: Tom Arbuthnott, Haroon Shirwani, David Anderson, and Misha Mehta, Eton College (United Kingdom)
Grade Levels: All

Integrating Well-Being to Create School Improvement and Cultural Change
Understand how Christ's College has realigned aspects of its culture through the effective use of strategic focus when implementing a new approach to health and well-being. Explore the unique college circumstance combined with the New Zealand bicultural context in this example of effective and respectful growth and change balancing the best of the past with a clear focus on the future.
Presenter: Garth Wynne, Christ's College (New Zealand)
Grade Levels: All

The Manosphere and Masculinity Online: How Can Schools Foster a Conversation?
How are online communities (such as Reddit and Twitch) shaping young men's sense of masculinity in a negative sense and how can schools offer an alternative positive narrative? Survey the state of masculinity in online spaces and get a set of implementable interventions, which aim to equip students with the tools to critically establish a positive sense of self and masculinity.
Presenter: Charlotte Forster, Auckland Grammar School (New Zealand)
Grade Levels: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)

The Real Impact of Experiential Education: Practical Insights from Major Research in Boys' Education
Many boys’ schools run outdoor experiential learning programs to help boys grow through adventure. But for all the effort, what are the lasting benefits for boys’ development? Learn how to increase the impact of your programs in this workshop on the surprising findings from a major longitudinal study of the impact of The Scots College’s six-month Glengarry residential program for Year 9 boys.
Presenters: Matthew Pfeiffer and Tony Pfeiffer, MMG Education (Australia); Hugh Chilton, The Scots College (Australia)
Grade Levels: All

Service Learning: Connecting Boys and the Community
How can schools engage boys in meaningful community service initiatives? Explore the elements of Knox Grammar School's service learning model, where boys support a variety of local community groups and charities through purposeful involvement, becoming aware of how their everyday actions can have a lasting influence on the lives of others.
Presenters: Glenn Stephenson, Masada College (Australia) and Peter Voysey, Knox Grammar Preparatory School (Australia)
Grade Levels: All

Use Your Website and Digital Tools to Keep Your Community Connected and Engaged
Your community members are saturated with content. Find out how to break through the noise on your website, social media, and email to keep them engaged and informed. Explore using content marketing to cultivate strong relationships and study schools that optimize digital tools to share their stories to recruit, retain, and engage their families, faculty, and alumni.
Presenter: Max Eisl, Finalsite (United States)
Grade Levels: All