Teaching & Learning

The IBSC is an extended professional learning community—bringing together educators and school leaders everywhere in the development and sharing of best practice in boys’ schools and in boys’ education. At our annual conferences, and at the many conferences and workshops held each year around the world, we focus on bringing tacit knowledge to intentional reflection. Over the past 20 years, hundreds of teachers and specialists have made presentations at our events; the archive of these conferences provides an extraordinary, rich resource.

We aspire to base this learning on inspirational, practical, results-driven research. The IBSC models this in research initiatives. It started in 2005 and continues with an action research program exploring dimensions of boys’ learning and best in class practices. More than 200 teachers have participated in this program, and their work has been showcased at our annual conferences. Since 2008, the IBSC has commissioned and published three major research projects on best practices for teaching boys, and a fourth project is underway. These research initiatives are global, and all the major regions in the IBSC membership are represented. The projects have been collaborative, involving teachers, school leaders, and students in “on the ground” research. In the best sense, these results-oriented initiatives have provided research-driven, practical knowledge to inform teaching and program design.

Action Research in Boys' Schools

Action Research in Boys' Schools brings together teams of IBSC educators from all over the world. Its success is striking vindication of the international dimension of the IBSC, and eloquent proof that educators from all our global regions can collaborate and learn from one another – enriching both their professional lives and the quality of education for their students.

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IBSC Research Initiatives

Uniquely, the IBSC runs global research programs that serve as catalysts for professional growth and school improvement with the aspiration that the resulting advancements in teaching and scholarship will be informed and inspired by practical, results-driven research. These research initiatives are global in scope and participation, and all the major regions in the IBSC membership are represented. The projects are collaborative, involving teachers, school leaders, and students in “on the ground” research. And, in the best sense, these initiatives have been results-oriented, providing research-driven, practical knowledge to inform teaching and program design.

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Online School for Boys

The IBSC is an extended professional learning community—bringing together educators and school leaders everywhere in the development and sharing of best practice in boys’ schools and in boys’ education. At our annual conferences, and at the many conferences and workshops held each year around the world, we focus on bringing tacit knowledge to intentional reflection. Over the past 20 years, hundreds of teachers and specialists have made presentations at our events; the archive of these conferences provides an extraordinary, rich resource.

We aspire to base this learning on inspirational and practical results-driven research. The IBSC models this in research initiatives. It started in 2005 and continues with an action research program exploring dimensions of boys’ learning and best in class practices. More than 200 teachers have participated in this program, and their work has been showcased at our annual conferences. Since 2008, the IBSC has commissioned and published three major research projects on best practices for teaching boys, and a fourth project is underway. These research initiatives are global, and all the major regions in the IBSC membership are represented. The projects have been collaborative, involving teachers, school leaders and students in “on the ground” research. In the best sense, these

results-oriented initiatives have provided research-driven, practical knowledge to inform teaching and program design.

In 2014, we began a collaboration with the Online School for Boys (OSB) program. Working with the OSB and a number of boys’ school leaders, we collectively determined that the best starting point for online program is to work with expanding the understanding and experience of boys’ school educators in online and blended learning. Read more

Resources

Latest News

From 29–31 March, The Island School, Cape Eleuthera, Bahamas will host a community conference and summit for leaders committed to improving the lives of boys dismissed and marginalized because of race, class, culture, and social isolation. The main mandate of this assembly is to purpose our boys with a brighter future and to engage them more fully in their academic, civic, social, and spiritual development. Consult Conference Invitation, Fact Sheet, and Schedule for additional details.

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What does it mean to be a 21st century man? In this PowerPoint presentation, leading educators and veteran heads of boys' schools explain how to lead and support boys best in today's society. Encourage their growth as both citizens and individuals so they are engaged, virtuous, and kind. Ensure boys' success in and outside of your school.

Thank you to all the educators who attended this workshop at the NAIS Annual Conference in Baltimore on Thursday, March 2.

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