Introduction to Boys' Schools

Single-Gender Education:
A Course for Teachers New to Boys' Schools

17 July – 11 August 2017

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Single-Gender Education: A Course for Teachers New to Boys Schools, created by the IBSC and OSB, is designed as an orientation to boys’ schools and all-boys learning environments for newly hired teachers. Participants connect and collaborate with each other to explore best practice and research in boys’ schools classrooms. Moreover, participants learn from panels of school heads, alumni, experienced teachers, and new teachers, and therefore are introduced to community members and leaders from around the world.

This course allows participants to connect and collaborate with each other to explore the possible implications of research on the classroom environment. The course also explores ways to create a collaborative student-centered learning space, including how technology can help achieve these goals. Ultimately, teachers will gain a clearer understanding of what it means to work in a boys' school and ways to create a classroom atmosphere and curriculum that maximizes how boys learn. They will also have the opportunity to create a personal network of peers to further work, engage, and explore.

By the end of the four-week experience, teachers:

  • Have a clear sense of what it means to work in an all-boys school;
  • Understand ways to create a classroom atmosphere and curriculum that maximize how boys learn; and
  • Connect with an international cohort of first-year faculty members.

Course Format

This course is four weeks in length and requires participants to spend approximately four hours a week engaged in the class. The class is entirely asynchronous — meaning that there is no specific required time to be online — and class-paced so that participants can collaborate and engage in discussion.

Course Faculty

Joe Cox, the retired Headmaster of The Haverford School and former Executive Director of the IBSC, mentors faculty members in this course. Brad Rathgeber, Executive Director of One Schoolhouse, serves as his co-facilitator.

What Participants Have Said

97% of participants said that they would recommend this course to a colleague.
100% of participants said that they were offered regular and helpful feedback on their work in the course.
100% of participants said the content met the learning objectives for the course.

"I thought I knew a lot about teaching boys, but this course opened my eyes to many aspects about teaching them that I wasn't aware about. It is a great introduction to teaching at an all boys school!" — Educator from Selwyn House School

"This course was informative, insightful, and interesting. I now have the tools I need to 'speak boy.'" — Educator from St Augustine's College Sydney

"A 'must-do' course for any teacher new to boys' schools. It could make a steep learning curve more manageable and while it can't replace experience, it can certainly put you in a position to gain the most from your experience." — Educator from Michaelhouse


  • $445 (USD) for participants from IBSC Member Schools
  • $525 (USD) for all other participants.

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