The latest research on boys in schools will be showcased at the University of Newcastle's 'Working with Boys, Building Fine Men' conference this week.
Close to 400 people will meet at the University of Newcastle, a recognised leader in the field of researching boys in schools, to hear the latest stories of success.
- Melvyn Davis, Founder and Project Manager of the boys2MEN Project, and now Director of The Male Development Service in the United Kingdom, will discuss his innovative mentoring program for at-risk boys and young men.
- Michael Gurian, parenting and family expert, through a pre-recorded address will explain how new brain scanning technology clearly illustrates differences in ways boys and girls react to stimuli, activity and rest.
- Andrew Fuller, clinical psychologist and family therapist from Melbourne's Inyahead, will discuss resilience and what he describes as "the happy knack of being able to bungy jump through the pitfalls of life - to rise above adversity and obstacles".
- John Andriunas and Dave Turnidge, from the Boys in Schools Program at the University of Newcastle, will share ideas on how to increase father involvement in schools.
- Deborah Derrick, Michael Vine and Adam Brandis, from Robina State High School in Queensland, will discuss the 'League for Life' Giant Steps Program. This pilot program is aimed at male adolescents who are at-risk of leaving school early, and uses rugby league (the Gold Coast Titans) as one vehicle to deliver secondary school curriculum.
- Jeff Ward, Principal from Broulee Primary School NSW, will explain Project- Orientated School Mentoring. This involves boys "getting their hands dirty" and working outdoors with mentors to make a valuable contribution to their school community, for example a vegetable garden.
The University of Newcastle's Family Action Centre will host the 5th Biennial 'Working with Boys, Building Fine Men' conference from 4 - 6 July 2007 in Newcastle.
For more information visit: www.pco.com.au/boys2007