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Educating Boys

Date: Wednesday - April 11, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: Allen-Stevenson School

In collaboration with the International Boys School Coalition
Speaker: Dr. Adam Cox
Allen-Stevenson School
132 East 78th Street
New York, NY 10075-0381

Locating Significance in the Lives of Boys
In collaboration with the
International Boys Schools Coalition

This two-part workshop brings together theory and practice to help schools improve the educational journey for boys in boys’ schools and coed schools. The event is for all educators who work with boys at all educational levels.

In the morning session, Dr. Cox will present a report which is the culmination of a unique and unprecedented endeavor to interview boys worldwide to discover and reveal where they find significance and discover purpose in their lives. This research initiative, supported by the International Boys School Coalition, constitutes an international inquiry into boys’ interests, spirit, and prospective contributions to society at large.
This research began with a core belief: boys are capable of doing extraordinary things and are eager to be asked to do things which are significant to them. This belief invites a new plateau of discussion, shifting emphasis from what’s wrong with boys to what is well and full of possibility. The study sought to understand the spiritual lives of boys in the broadest possible sense and, thus, asks us to reframe the discussion of motivation that has long dominated writing on boys from a problem of stimulation to an issue of self-fulfillment.  In this vein, the workshop will explore how schools can guide boys to achieve a sense of purpose by helping them close the gap between their idealized selves and the practical realities of their lives as students.

The afternoon will be largely devoted to sessions designed by individual teachers and administrators on effective practices in working with boys. 


 9:30 – 10:00


10:00 – 10:10

Welcome • Mark Lauria, Executive Director, NYSAIS
Brad Adams, Executive Director, ISBC

10:10 – 11:00

Locating Significance in the Lives of Boys - Adam Cox

I. Becoming Myself
II. Belonging and Influence

11:00 – 11:15


11:15 – 12:00

Locating Significance in the Lives of Boys, Part 2 - Adam Cox

III. Pragmatic Transcendence
IV. “Real-Time”
V. Origins and Tradition

12:00 – 1:00

Working Effectively with Boys - Workshops 1 
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 1:00 – 1:45

Lunch provided at Allen-Stevenson School

1:45 – 2:45

Working Effectively with Boys - Workshops 2
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 3:00 - 4:00

Creating Schools of Significance - Adam Cox

  • Time and Space for Dialogue
  • Validating Multiple Narratives
  • Emotional Intelligence and Psychology
  • Purposeful Work
  • Creative and Intellectual Achievement



Schools sending a team of educators will gain the most benefit from the day.

Adam J. Cox, Ph.D., ABPP is a licensed and board certified clinical psychologist. He earned his doctoral degree in psychology at Lehigh University, and completed his clinical training at Friends Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Cox became a psychologist from a nontraditional path. While working as a fine artist near New York City, he opened a studio and welcomed children who wanted to learn how to draw and paint. This experience introduced him to the joy and creativity of mentoring children, which developed into the focus of his career as a family psychologist.

As an advocate for children's mental health, Dr. Cox is a frequent lecturer at national and international conferences. He has been quoted in a variety of print media about psychological issues affecting families and youth. These publications include the New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Time Magazine, Family Circle, Child, and many others. He has been featured on numerous radio shows including National Public Radio's Voices in the Family and Radio Times.

Dr. Cox’s work with schools and community groups has put him at the forefront of a revolution in redefining how we understand childhood syndromes such as ADHD, learning disabilities, and autism-spectrum disorders. He is the author of No Mind Left Behind: Understanding and Fostering Executive Control – The Eight Essential Brain Skills Every Child Needs to Thrive and Boys of Few Words: Raising Our Sons to Communicate and Connect. He currently lives in Rhode Island with his wife and son.

Registration. The fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and all materials

Early Registration Fees apply until 2 weeks before the event

Regular Registration Fees apply within 2 weeks of the event

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