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Boys Education Series
12 minutes | May 26, 2021
Simple Moments in Which Boys Thrive
Narrow perceptions of masculinity and male identity can prevent adolescent boys from confidence in sharing who they are and how they feel. Director of the Center for the Education of Boys and Head Football Coach University School, Mr. Ben Malbasa, shares his experience fostering an environment where boys can be their authentic selves.
11 minutes | Feb 28, 2021
Raising Responsible Boys
Teaching responsibility is similar to teaching a skill in physical education. Both skills need to be broken down into separate steps and practiced before children are able to master it.
10 minutes | Jan 20, 2021
Disciplining Through Dialogue
Studies have shown that schools that utilize restorative practices see an improvement in classroom behavior. These same methods can be used at home to improve behavior and foster better parent-child relationships.
12 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
Helping Boys Find Truth Online
In a time when teens turn to social media for both entertainment and as a news source, it is more important than ever for them to be able to decipher fact from fiction.
9 minutes | Oct 9, 2020
Writing from Scratch: Why Boys Need to Generate Their Own Writing Ideas
Encouraging boys to develop original writing ideas promotes imagination, creative thinking, observational skills, confidence, and a sense of purpose.
9 minutes | Sep 9, 2020
Adapting To A New Normal
Though there is much about this school year that is different, parents and teachers can work together to foster a sense of calm and resilience amid the uncertainties of starting school.
12 minutes | Apr 9, 2020
Creating Normalcy for Boys Amid Uncertainty
It is an interesting predicament when a school that is built on strong relationships between teachers and students is swept into remote teaching and learning. In this episode, University School’s Associate Head of School & Director of College Counseling, Jen Beros, shares how both teachers and parents can work to keep boys connected in mind and heart with their school.
9 minutes | Feb 26, 2020
Success Beyond the Score
Sports can play an important role in the development of many boys. Apart from the physical and social benefits, there is also a tremendous amount of value to be gained in the leadership, empathy and resilience. In this episode, University School Director of Athletics Jr.K-12, Sean McDonnell, offers some of the enduring lessons of athletic competition.
9 minutes | Jan 27, 2020
Screen time and 24-hour connectedness can take a toll on the social-emotional well-being of boys. As parents, we need to create clear expectations while providing a good example. In this episode, Lisa Ulery, Director of Technology and Libraries at University School gives parents some methods for cutting through the virtual clutter.
12 minutes | Jan 7, 2020
Four Keys to Cultivating Character
The sciences, math, English, history, language, athletics, the arts–these areas all play an integral part in boys' education. But what we are ultimately striving for is for them to grow into good men. In this episode, Head of School at University School, Patrick Gallagher, provides some foundational support on character development for boys.
16 minutes | Dec 13, 2019
Ingredients for Successfully Communicating with Boys
Given that regular and open communication with our sons is essential, how do we encourage our sons to communicate openly with us? In this episode, University School’s Director the Upper School, Dr. William Daughtrey shares how presence and trust can help establish those lines of communication.
9 minutes | Nov 4, 2019
Education for an Unpredictable World
Preparing our boys for a future of uncertainty can be an intimidating thought for parents and educators. In this episode, University School’s Academic Dean Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, Dr. William O’Neil suggests an evolved liberal arts education to shape confident, resilient, and dynamic young men.
7 minutes | Oct 14, 2019
Mapping the Path to Global Citizenship
It is no secret that the world is at our boys’ fingertips and as parents, we want to help our children understand what it means to be a global citizen.
9 minutes | Aug 23, 2019
Control His Anxiety Before It Controls Him
From first days of school to college applications, anxiety comes at boys at every stage of their growth. In this episode, we will hear from Lisa Ulery, Director of Technology and Libraries at University School as she provides strategies to help you and your son deal with the inevitabilities of life.
5 minutes | Jun 20, 2019
Don't Let Summer Pass You By
Summer is here, but not for long. In this episode, we will hear from Dr. Sarah Spannagel, Clinical Psychologist at University Hospital and University School as she explores how we can make sure that our family is ready for when we put away the swimsuits and pull out school books.
11 minutes | May 20, 2019
The Benefits of Coding for All
The Benefits of Coding for All by University School
9 minutes | Apr 5, 2019
From Allowance to Autonomy: Why Chores Matter
Chores are, by definition, routine and typically unpleasant. No one relishes doing these activities and they have suffered witty lashings by insightful social commentators such as Mark Twain. Piquant observations aside, regular chores like taking out the trash, washing the dishes, and cleaning are essential to the development of the minds of young people.
11 minutes | Feb 8, 2019
Boys and Friendships
It is no secret that boys and girls tend to approach their friendships differently. Seventh Grade Dean at University School, Brooke Littman understands how boys can develop healthy relationships with their peers that will last a lifetime. In this episode, Brooke shares with you the insight she has gathered in nearly twenty years as a teacher and administrator.
9 minutes | Dec 19, 2018
Using Music to Inspire Boys
What captures young boys’ musical interests? How do boys learn that music making is so rewarding? Why is “learning through play” so valuable and does every boy really sing? Boys in my classroom learn quickly that the music classroom is a place to have fun. Musicianship is developed while building skills through singing, playing instruments, speech, and movement.
13 minutes | Oct 16, 2018
Safe Development of Young Athletes
Athletes want to be successful. They want to win and at times are willing to do whatever is necessary to make that a reality. We’ve seen the stories, watched the news, and stared at the images of athletes holding the championship trophies, celebrating the culmination of all the hard work they’ve put forth for that moment, the moment they’ve become champions. Our media-savy children see these messages and, for many, it peaks their interest in athletics. As a parent, you may wonder how to support your young athlete.
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