2022 IBSC Annual Conference2022 IBSC Annual Conference 

St. Mark’s School of Texas
Dallas, Texas, United States
June 26 - 29 

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Workshop Block 2

Monday, June 27, 1:00 - 2:00 PM


Connected Learning, Connected Leading
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: Centennial Hall 227

When passions, connectedness, and new media intersect, academic success, engagement, and student agency follow. Using a connected learning approach, educators can design instruction that weaves boys’ learning, use of media, and agency in digital and analog communities. Join us to explore connected learning concepts and consider how this framework supports boys’ development as mindful leaders.
Presenter: Julie King, The Buckley School (United States)

Connected Learning: Connected Leading

Great or Mediocre—It's Our Choice
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: Winn Science Center 207

The enemy of great is good. It is easy to be mediocre, but difficult to be great. Join us to define greatness in independent education and argue that we are challenge-averse. As a result we get caught in the mediocre trap. We settle on mediocrity when we should aspire to true greatness. All it requires is vision, passion, heart, and tons of courage. Easier said than done.
Presenter: Hal Hannaford, Selwyn House School (Canada)


Making the Connection: Inclusion, Diversity, and Organizational Culture
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: Advanced
Room: Centennial Hall 141

Interact with us to explore how inclusion and diversity components can connect and cultivate an organization’s culture. Develop and design strategies to support alignment to the organization’s core values. Discuss leveraging change management principles to embrace inclusion and diversity strategies for greater sustainability.
Presenter: Lorre Allen, St. Mark's School of Texas (United States)

Measuring Character? A New Way to Imagine Assessing School Leaders
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: Advanced
Room: Centennial Hall 211

Too often boards of trustees do a lousy job of evaluating school heads—if they do it at all. Now two veteran IBSC school heads have partnered to adapt an in-depth assessment from the world of business that uses both qualitative and quantitative data—and focuses on character—to serve heads who are committed to their own ongoing leadership development.
Presenters: Vance Wilson and Rick Melvoin, Strategic School Leadership

Mind the Gap
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: Winn Science Center 208

In Factfulness, Hans Rosling details 10 instincts humans possess that impact an individual’s perception of the world and themself. By learning how our worldview is affected by the 10 instincts, we can better understand our thinking and generate sustained, positive relationships with our students by developing a common language and mutual understanding in our classrooms and advisory programs.
Presenter: Michael Krasnow , Brunswick School (United States)

The Path to Manhood: Trinity Grammar School’s Residential Program
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: Centennial Hall 142

Trinity Grammar School has a long history of providing outdoor education experiences for boys in Year 9 that prepare them for the challenge of navigating the path to manhood. In 2022, the school has launched a term-long residential program that encompasses academic, outdoor, and social-emotional learning. This immersive, “rite of passage” experience aims to develop young men of fine character.
Presenter: Tim Knowles, Trinity Grammar School (Australia)

Re-engaging Schools in Initial Teacher Education
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: Centennial Hall 208

In 2019, The Scots College helped establish the Teaching Schools Alliance Sydney (TSAS), an alternate approach to initial teacher education. Hear about the context and need for such a program, its shape and structure, reflections on experience, and early evidence of its success in the formation of high-quality, classroom-ready, ethos-aligned teachers.
Presenters: Hugh Chilton and Caitlin Munday The Scots College (Australia)

Teaching for Character: Building Positive Relationships
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: Centennial Hall 232

How do you teach good character better? To answer that question we worked with a research partner to develop an evidence-based approach to identify and then explicitly embed great teaching about the benefit of positive relationships. Share our journey through identification, research, and implementation of better character education for our boys.
Presenters: David Atkinson, Dr. Challoner's Grammar School (United Kingdom); Phil Cummins, A School for tomorrow. (Australia)

Teaching Literature Through Character and Leadership
Appeals to: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: Centennial Hall 209

Interested in using literature to explore character and leadership? Commentaries recently published by St. Mark's Press and written with character education in mind offer a distinctive approach. Learn how classics like Macbeth and The Great Gatsby reveal levels of meaning not typically explored in conventional interpretations. Get copies of these commentaries available for your classroom use.
Presenters: David Brown and Michael Morris, St. Mark's School of Texas (United States)

Toward a New Understanding of Civic Responsibility
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: Centennial Hall 204

During St. Mark's reaccreditation process, the school identified increased civic responsibility as a strategic goal. Learn about the school’s three-pronged strategy and get concrete steps and ideas about how to increase school engagement, create curriculum that is service and civic skills-minded, and better share the school’s intellectual and physical plant resources.
Presenter: John Perryman, St. Mark's School of Texas (United States)

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Walk a Mile in My Virtual Reality Shoes
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: Winn Science Center - Science Lecture Hall

It’s simple. Teachers who empathize with their students have better student outcomes. The problem isn’t that teachers aren’t trying, it’s that human beings are not cognitively capable of empathizing with multiple students all at once. Virtual reality perspective taking is a tool that could improve teachers’ ability to empathize with their students and reflect on their interaction with students.
Presenter: David Shin, St. Christopher's School (United States)

Empathic Reflection

WISPA: A Loud Noise in Character Development for Boys
Appeals to: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: McDermott-Green Science Center 103

Imagine if our boys could stick with a problem for just a fraction longer? What kind of school would you have if our boys could step back and assess what strengths they possess and how they could use them to make a real difference? WISPA is a fun, unique program that uses the individual character strengths of each boy to build strategies and empower them in an interactive and engaging way.
Presenter: David King, Newington College (Australia)

Year 10 Development: A Year-Long Program
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: McDermott-Green Science Center 105

Join a conversation focused on a year-long program for Year 10 boys that fosters both a path to manhood and a shift in student culture. Be inspired and gain an understanding of a program based on adventure, competition, challenge, and fun. Hear how the boys work together, push boundaries, and develop self-reliance and confidence. Learn more on how this has impacted the lives of the participants.
Presenters: Kelly Dornbusch and Viv Hullena, Hutt International Boys' School (New Zealand)