Understanding Boys Symposium: Learning Challenges Facing Boys Today

understandingboysgraphicFrom 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 2, Saint Thomas’ Episcopal School (STE) will host a symposium tackling learning challenges specific to boys.

Recent research shows that boys, when compared to girls, often times lag behind in reading and literacy, are more often diagnosed with learning disabilities, are more frequently disciplined, are less involved in school activities, and are beginning to be outpaced in degrees, salaries, and leadership. This symposium, entitled “Understanding Boys,” will feature representatives from the Tennessee-based private boys’ school McCallie School.

Using the most up-to-date research and 80 years of collective experience raising boys, they will equip parents, educators and other attendees with research, best practices, and practical ideas for helping boys thrive in school and beyond.

“Thoughtful educators are always the best educators, and that means they are thinking of the students as they design the experience, as opposed fitting the kids into the lesson plan. The best way to think of the kids is to learn as much as you can about helping them. We really care about the education of all students, but at McCallie, our main focus is boys,” said Troy Kemp, Associate Headmaster at The McCallie School. “We’ve done these presentations in about six different cities, and people always leave inspired and empowered to change the trends by doing a little homework. We’re looking forward to presenting at STE because of how much their parents and faculty care about the students.”

“We’re thrilled to host this powerful, important symposium for our community,” said STE Headmaster Michael Cusack. “Their past symposiums have been very impactful in other communities, and we hope many people in ours will come out to this event and learn something new.”

The event is open to the public, with no admission fees, and will take place in Saint Thomas’ Episcopal Church, located at 4900 Jackwood Street in Meyerland.