2023 IBSC Annual Conference

2023 IBSC Annual ConferenceWestlake Boys High School

Auckland, New Zealand

July 5-8 

Download the conference program (2 MB).

Workshop Block 6

Saturday, July 8, 8:30 - 9:30 AM


Featured Workshop
A Human-Performance Approach to Cultivating Academic Excellence
An established professional in physical literacy and youth development with two decades of experience preparing athletes for world competitions for three countries through four Olympic games, Matt Kritz asserts we may have to think differently about developing not just the physical but also the social, emotional, and cognitive capabilities of our young men for their academic and life success. He challenges conventional thinking and the prevailing approach to physical education that focuses on teaching specific skills and sports. Kritz identifies opportunities to combat the apathy young men show toward academics by broadening the narrow focus currently used in worldwide physical literacy campaigns. He argues that we need a more holistic approach to physical activity integrated within the academic curriculum, one that takes into account the unique needs and experiences of each student. Get practical strategies and insights you can use to foster physical literacy and support young men's overall academic and athletic excellence. Find out how to think differently about developing the academic and athletic excellence of young men.
Presenter: Matt Kritz, University of California, San Diego
Room: Staffroom
Cultural Responsiveness
Cultural Reckoning: Using Distributed Leadership to Advance School Culture
A positive student culture is a boys’ school’s most precious asset and has a profound impact on student experience. The opposite is also true. Learn about Woodberry’s effort to identify and address experienced cultural strain and engage in a conversation about how to employ a shared leadership and responsibility model to establish a more positive student culture.
Presenters: Ryan Alexander and Frazier Stowers, Woodberry Forest School (United States)
Appeals to: Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: L5

Gender Mindfulness: Disrupting Masculinity to Promote Gender Equity
Research suggests many males lack awareness of how gender is “done,” reifying male privilege and subordinating women and marginalized men. Scholars suggest a masculine “invisibility," where men lack incentives to question gender or promote equity. Men who work in all-boys schools can learn to model gender consciousness and disrupt limiting social constructs that restrict men, women, and boys.
Presenter: Jason Larocque, St. John's Preparatory School (United States)
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: L4

Presentation Materials

Effective Teaching Practices
Accelerated Learning for a Future Without Limits
Many schools include the opportunity for students to accelerate and engage in learning at a higher level. At Blackfriars we do this while nurturing holistic excellence, demonstrated through well-being and academic programs that help young men flourish. We developed an Ax Academy that creates a diverse STEM learning group that tackles real-world problems.
Presenters: David Ruggiero and Brett Knowles, Blackfriars Priory School (Australia)
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: L7

Dynamic Learning Spaces and Collaborative Teaching for Boys
Constructed in 2020, Villanova College designed dynamic learning spaces seeking to strengthen the learner, his community, and a conscious path toward learning outcomes. Staff co-teach within collaborative spaces in the Junior School. Planning, teaching, and assessing takes place with support staff utilizing breakout spaces. Glass walls make learning visible and a shared experience for all.
Presenters: Nichole Rouhliadeff and Melissa Liddy, Villanova College (Australia)
Appeals to: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: L10

Guide Instruction Using Reliable Well-Being, Attainment, and Ability Data
Explore the synergy between attainment, well-being, and ability assessment data, ensuring all pupils are cared for across the school community. Find out how leadership, teachers, and pupils share collective responsibility to ensure success. Using real-life examples from the school, examine the empowerment and courage data provided to pupils to take ownership of their learning.
Presenters: Rachel Rogers, GL Education and Rob Loe, The Scots College (Australia)
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: L8


(Re)igniting the Faculty Fire—Using Research as the Spark
Supporting healthy research practice is a crucial way to enhance and maintain academic rigor and many IBSC schools have established centers for research. Join this roundtable discussion to share your experiences of promoting academic rigor within your schools and reflect on how the broader school community might (re)ignite its passion for academic and personal research.
Presenter: Andrew Stark, The Southport School (Australia)
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: L9


The Reading Challenge
Getting teenagers to read is notoriously difficult and the global decline in literacy has accelerated during the pandemic. The solution seems clear, but implementation does not, as most teacher guides state it takes a full-school culture shift. I’m tackling this challenge with Ph.D. research into educational design at a classroom level. Hear the findings and lessons learned so far.
Presenter: Jessica Copping, Westlake Boys High School (New Zealand)
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: L3


Supporting the Growth of Boys’ Self-Regulatory Capacities as Thought Leaders
To face the challenges of tomorrow, boys must be able to self-regulate their learning behavior. Brisbane Grammar School (BGS) has developed a systematic longitudinal approach to help boys develop and apply the metacognition and ownership of learning capacities required of thought leaders. Explore the theoretical basis, strategic approach, and evidence of progress from boys at BGS.
Presenter: Hannah Campos Remon, Brisbane Grammar School (Australia)
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: L6

Using Academic Research Deliberately to Design a Learning Intervention for Boys
Join us to consider how you can design a desired learning intervention based on findings from academic research. Review an example of an intervention implemented at St. Stithians Boys’ College that won the 2019-20 IBSC Action Research Award. Then collaborate in groups to discuss how you might design a program to fulfill a need at your school.
Presenter: Katy McLachlan, St. Stithians Boys’ College (South Africa)
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: L2

Design a Learning Intervention for Boys

Using Debate in the Classroom
Discover how to select a debate topic and structure a successful debate in a classroom. Get specific examples of exactly how to plan a debate and how to organize research and teams, along with how to configure the debate itself.
Presenter: Rebecca Kurson, Collegiate School (United States)
Appeals to: Lower/Primary School (Ages 5-12), Middle School (Ages 12-15)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: L1

Debate Structure
Constructive Speech Organization

School Leadership

Emotionally Intelligent Leadership Development through Collaboration
Leadership development is core in school improvement. Leadership knowledge and attributes can often be assumed not nurtured. Schools have talented staff who aspire to leadership but lack experience that precludes them from further development. Our leadership program operates at two levels: to develop aspiring leaders and to support further development of senior leaders.
Presenter: Mark Sturgeon, Aylesbury Grammar School (United Kingdom)
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: G11


Well-Being and Healthy Communities
The Adventure Academy: Experiential Education for Character Formation
In 2021, The Scots College launched The Adventure Academy, a 10-week extension to the well-known six-month residential Glengarry Program for Year 9 boys. A challenging, hands-on program of academics, agricultural work, and expeditions—within a strong framework of character development, it deepens maturity, teamwork, and independence in boys. Come and hear evidence and stories of transformation.
Presenters: Kym McMaster, Ian Lambert, David Johnson, and Peter Moulds, The Scots College (Australia)
Appeals to: Middle School (Ages 12-15), Upper/Senior School (Ages 15-19)
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: G14

A Data-Informed Approach to Promoting Community and Digital Wellness
After the disruption to schooling in 2020-21, community wellness and digital citizenship have risen to the top of educators’ minds. Hear about our collaboration to promote a culture of well-being through data-driven initiatives. Learn about our data-collection methods, strategic communication, and innovative programs that led to successful support of collective well-being.
Presenters: Rachel Gorsky, Christina Kim, and Joe Valentine-White, Gilman School (United States)
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: Centre for Excellence

Session Workbook

Developing a Leader’s Mindset Through Journaling
Discover how to effectively teach responsible leadership in your classroom while fulfilling the responsibilities of your discipline and see how your school can teach leadership effectively throughout your curriculum. Join us as we explain and share the materials we have developed and lead a discussion of effective practices.
Presenter: Martin Stegemoeller, St. Mark's School of Texas (United States)
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: Intermediate
Room: L12

Effective Discipline: Creating a Culture of Discipline That Makes a Difference
Take this chance to move beyond restorative justice and understand what it takes to create a culture of discipline that allows for growth and learning for all constituents. Yes, punishment is so out of date, but there needs to be a clear alternative that provides results that benefit all. Culture rules.
Presenter: Hal Hannaford, Selwyn House School (Canada)
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: G12


Masculinity in a New Zealand Boys’ School: The Experiences of Year 9 Boys
Draw from a current Ph.D. study on masculinity in a New Zealand boys’ school to focuson the experiences of Year 9 boys and how these shaped their perceptions of acceptable ways of being at their school. Explore practical applications for schools to consider in creating structures and cultures that develop healthy and engaged perceptions of masculinity.
Presenter: Chris Porteous, Auckland Grammar School (New Zealand)
Appeals to: All Ages
Knowledge Level: New to the topic
Room: G13