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Educating Boys 2016

Date: Friday - February 19, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Regis High School (new location)
In collaboration with the International Boys Schools Coalition

Join NYSAIS and IBSC members to explore, learn, and share around connecting with and teaching boys in our schools. This event is for all educators who work with boys at all educational levels.

The day will begin with a keynote by Dr. Victoria Marsick on what master teachers tell us they do to connect with boys. Her recent research was supported by the International Boys’ Schools Coalition, focusing on Master Teaching in boys’ schools. Dr. Marsick will highlight findings from three categories:

  • how teachers connect with boys to understand and teach them
  • how teachers perform in ways that best connect boys to learning and development
  • how teachers develop and use situational judgement to make good choices in the midst of their teaching and developmental work with boys.

Following Dr. Marsick’s remarks, time will be devoted to workshops presented by teachers and administrators on working effectively with boys. View the workshops here

The day will culminate with Carlos Andrés Gómez as he walks participants through Reimagining Modern Manhood.   Through storytelling, audience engagement, and spoken word, Mr. Gómez will explore what it means to be a man in a world where masculinity is often narrowly defined.

Following his keynote, a Town Hall will conclude with Mr. Gómez as we think through what masculinity means and how we can educate and support boys.

Tentative Schedule

9:00 – 9:45

Registration & Breakfast

9:45 – 10:00

Welcome • Stephen Clement, III, Headmaster, Browning School
David Armstrong, Executive Director, ISBC

10:00 – 11:00

Victoria Marsick - Connecting with Students

  • how teachers connect with boys to understand and teach them
  • how teachers perform in ways that best connect boys to learning and development
  • how teachers develop and use situational judgement to make good choices in the midst of their teaching and developmental work with boys.

11:00 – 11:15


11:15 – 12:30

Concurrent Workshops - Working Effectively with Boys

1. The Role of the Arts at a Boys' School - Room 301
2. Educating Boys: Best Practices at The Browning School - Room 302
3. Supporting Boys of Color in Private School Environments - Room 303
4. Boy-Friendly Writing Strategies Are Cool! - Room 310
5. Boys and the Power of Education Outdoors - Room 312
6. Beyond The Mask: Cultivating Empathetic Young Men - Room 401
7. Helping Boys Behave - Auditorium
8. Our Bodies: Complicated Intersections of Privilege and Marginalization - Room 402
9. Differentiate and Inspire by Gamifying Blended Learning - Room 403
10. Why I Started a Feminism Club at a Boy's School - Room 419

View the workshop details  here

12:45 – 1:30

Lunch provided by Cater to You, Regis High School

1:45 – 2:45

Carlos Gomez - Reimagining Modern Manhood

 Through storytelling, audience engagement, and spoken word, Carlos Andrés Gómez (author of Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood) explores what it means to be a man in a world where masculinity is too often confined by the narrowest and most limiting of definitions. Carlos uses his personal narrative as catalyst to challenge the patriarchal status quo, deconstruct toxic masculinity, and reimagine a world in which all of us - across the gender spectrum - might be able to embrace our fullest, best, and most authentic selves.

To see Carlos in action, click HERE (TEDx talk) or HERE (Performance reel)

2:45 - 3:30

Town Hall and Q&A with Carlos Gomez



Carlos Andrés Gómez is an award-winning poet, actor, speaker, and writer from New York City. He is the author of the coming-of-age memoir Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood, released by Gotham Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House.  Nominated for the Pushcart Prize and named Artist of the Year at the 2009 Promoting Outstanding Writers Awards, he costarred in Spike Lee’s #1 movie Inside Man with Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, and Clive Owen.  Carlos appeared in the sixth season of HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry and, most recently, in the third season of TV One’s Verses and Flow.  He has headlined festivals all over the world, including Indonesia, South Africa, Australia, Ireland, Spain, Canada, the U.K., and as Guest of Honor at the Berlin International Literature Festival in Germany.

Winner of the 2015 Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize, Carlos has been featured on NPR, TEDx, Upworthy, MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry,” the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, Central Park SummerStage, Macy’s Passport Show, the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, the Omega Institute’s Women & Power Conference, and on Broadway with Savion Glover.  A former social worker and public school teacher, Carlos has lectured and performed at more than 300 colleges and universities, facilitated countless workshops, and delivered numerous keynotes and commencement addresses. He continues to tour the globe.  For more, please visit:

Victoria J. Marsick is Professor of Adult Learning & Leadership at Columbia University, Teachers College where she directs academic programs in Adult Learning and Leadership. She holds a Ph.D. in Adult Education from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.P.A. in International Public Administration from Syracuse University. She worked extensively in Asia and other countries with not-profit organizations, and directed staff development and training at UNICEF, prior to joining the faculty at Teachers College.

Victoria co-directs (with Martha A. Gephart) the J.M. Huber Institute for Learning in Organizations, dedicated to advancing the state of knowledge and practice for learning and change in organizations. She is a founding member of Partners for Learning and Leadership, a group that works with organizations to design, develop and implement action learning and other strategic learning interventions. She is faculty and coach in the Cahn Fellows Program at Teachers College for distinguished public school principals.

Victoria’s research examines naturally occurring, informal learning at work—in individual learners, and through their collaborative work with others in, and on behalf of, groups, communities and organizations. She has written on transformative learning, action learning, and organizational learning cultures. She has collaborated in the development of research-based assessment tools for team learning and for organizational learning. Some of her publications include: Strategic Organizational Learning (with Martha Gephart, Springer-Verlagg, forthcoming); Evaluating informal learning in the workplace (with Karen Watkins and Miren Fernández de Álava, in Promoting, assessing, recognizing and certifying lifelong learning: International perspectives and practices, edited by S. Billett, T. Halttunen, & M. Koivisto, Springer-Verlagg, in press,); Using the DLOQ to support learning in Republic of Korea SMEs [with Young-Saing Kim, Advances in Developing Human Resources, 15(2), 2013]; Understanding action learning (with Judy O’Neil, 2007, also translated into Chinese, New York: AMACOM); and Making learning count! Diagnosing the learning culture in organizations [with Karen Watkins, Advances in Developing Human Resources, 5(2), 2003].

Register Here with a Credit Card

Fee includes Continental breakfast, lunch and all materials

Early Registration Fees apply until 2 weeks before the event

  • NYSAIS members - $175.00
  • IBSC members - $175.00
  • Non-members - $210.00

Regular Registration Fees apply within 2 weeks of the event

  • NYSAIS members - $195.00
  • BSC members - $195.00
  • Non-members - $230.00

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