Ideas from Boys' Educators

Check out the articles below for ideas — from boys' educators for boys' educators — on best practices to equip boys with the tools they need to lead fulfilling lives. We hope you'll share your experience with our global community. Please send your ideas to janicki@theibsc.org. Thank you.


The Power of Relational Engagement to Transform Elementary School Boys
In this article Richard Hawley and Linda Rohler share the importance of relational teaching in the younger years. Students’ willingness to engage in and master school challenges reflects the depth of their teachers’ commitment to the twin crafts of classroom management and instruction. Boys are most inclined to relate to teachers whose care for them is inseparable from their commitment to their work. Personal warmth is essential, but it is not enough.

Achievement in New Zealand Boys' Schools 2010–12
The New Zealand Council for Education Research conducted this report at the request of the Association of Boys’ Schools New Zealand (ABSNZ). The data show a trend nationwide for boys who are in boys’ schools achieving better academic results than those in coeducational schools across the whole of New Zealand, in all deciles and in all ethnicities, including NZ European, Asian, Maori, and Pasifika. Watch for an update to the research coming soon in 2018.

Boys Will Be the Boys We Raise
There’s poetry written in the heart of a boy. Sometimes with enough coaxing and patience, it bubbles up reluctantly in halting lines and clipped stanzas; sometimes it springs forth in sudden floods of joy or sorrow. More often, the words huddle deep amid the testosterone-fueled confusion of adolescence, yearning to be heard, yet suppressed in stoic silence. In solitude. The hearts of many men are not so different. Perhaps we — educators and parents of boys — can do better at interpreting the verses and building the rhymes. Read more.

The Boys Could Be All Right: Rethinking the Corrective to Violent Behavior
In this compelling article, Richard Hawley demonstrates that the better boy is not only possible — he is out there. Earlier or later in his life, someone came to know and care for him. There could be more of him. He could be normative. Founding President of International Boys’ Schools Coalition, Hawley is also Headmaster Emeritus, University School (United States).

Leading and Learning with Boys Today
Kerry Brennan, The Roxbury Latin School (United States); Bradford Gioia, Montgomery Bell Academy (United States); Byron Hulsey, Woodberry Forest School (United States); and IBSC Executive Director David Armstrong gave this presentation on March 8, in Atlanta at the 2018 NAIS Annual Conference. In it they focused on the best ways to lead, engage, and support boys in today’s society. They invited attendees to engage in the conversation to encourage boys’ growth as citizens and individuals so they are virtuous, kind, and exceptional leaders.