Readers are Leaders…

Andrew Stark | Head of Libraries and ADLT Professional Learning

Over the June/July break, eleven TSS staff attended the 24th annual IBSC Conference which was held in the picturesque grounds of The Boys’ Latin School, Maryland USA. This major event brought together close to 600 delegates from at least 20 countries representing some 215 schools.

The conference theme, Beyond Innovation, developed an extensive program which included a variety of keynote addresses, panel presentations, discussion groups and workshops. It also incorporated the Action Research Program for both the Outgoing Team of 2016-17 (which included Head of Languages, Lisa Miller) and the Incoming Team for 2017-18 (which included Sandy Gippel, Darren Fellowes, Craig Newton and Joshua Beecher (all from the Prep School).

There were several Keynote Presentations of note. US Army combat veteran and youth advocate, Wes Moore, explored the intricacies of race and masculinity in America. Academic and popular writer, Andrew Reiner argued the importance of giving back to boys and young men a vocabulary of emotional honesty. All-American Football player, Joe Ehrmann encouraged delegates to revisit the notions of healthy masculinity. Potential US Congressman, Alec Ross, reviewed the concept of innovation and its influence on education and industries of the future and Present of University of Maryland, Freeman Hrabowski, highlighted the importance of empowering students.

Over the four days there were also close to 80 separate workshops, presentations and panel sessions involving boys’ education specialists from around the world. This provided delegates with a veritable smorgasbord of choice for learning and sharing ideas with like-minded professionals regarding the best way to encourage and develop boys into becoming positive, proficient, confident young men.

We look forward to welcoming boys’ educators from around the world to TSS when we host the 2018 Annual IBSC Conference next July. For more information on IBSC 2018 and to view the 2018 launch video visit

Special thanks to Mr Hain and Hadleigh Green for their wonderful contribution to the success of the launch video!

TSS staff on stage at The Boys’ Latin School, Baltimore, for the launch of the 2018 IBSC Annual Conference to be held at TSS 8-11 July 2018.



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