Webinar: Boydom: Closing the Gender-Based Achievement Gap


Webinar: Boydom: Closing the Gender-Based Achievement Gap


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After nearly two decades of No Child Left Behind influence in education, educators are realizing that there is one large demographic group that has been grossly left behind: boys. Here are some of the facts:
  • Boys are 2-3 times more likely to be placed in special education classes than girls.
  • Boys make up 80% of disciplinary referrals.
  • Boys are 4-5 times more likely to be expelled from preschool.
  • Boys are 30% more likely to drop out of school than girls.
  • More boys enroll in kindergarten, but fewer boys graduate from high school.
  • Nearly 80% of students expelled from schools are boys.

Some attribute this growing divide to learning environments and strategies structured to favor girls’ learning styles. Teachers and administrators alike report that boys are too fidgety, too hyperactive and too disruptive, often derailing the educational process for everyone while sabotaging their own intellectual development. Glance into most American classrooms and you will see desks in rows, teachers pleading with students to stay in their seats and refrain from talking to their neighbors. Positive reinforcement for good behavior is focused on students who are proficient at sitting still for long periods of time, a skill that many boys haven’t mastered.

Educators sometimes pass off disruptive behaviors as “boys will be boys,” but too often fail to remember that “boys will learn like boys.” If the educational system continues to punish boys for being boys in the classroom, discipline referrals and drop-out rates for boys are likely to continue to soar.

In this insightful 90-minute webinar, award-winning author and internationally recognized speaker Steph Jensen will share effective tools for understanding and engaging boys in the classroom. Explore the fact and fiction behind the effectiveness and impact of zero tolerance. Learn how gender impacts learning and use that understanding to create effective lessons for girls and boys.

This webinar will provide deeper insight and understanding of the role of gender in education and how to develop effective strategies to engage boys in the learning process. Rather than penalize the boys’ relatively higher energy and competitive drive, educators are finding success by taking advantage of their curiosity and thirst for competition. The following topics will be explored from a research-based perspective:

  • Boys will Learn Like Boys:
  • Boyology and Brain Development
  • Boydom: Combating Boredom in the Classroom
  • Zero Tolerance Myths & Facts
  • To Infinity and Beyond: Essential Skills for Boys’ Success in School


  • Understand the influence of biology and neurology on boys’ behavior and learning.
  • Gain insights about the social world of boys and how to use their social structure to engage them in the learning process.
  • Identify the myths and facts around zero tolerance and how it impacts the learning environment.
  • Explore effective strategies to improve boys’ interaction and success in the classroom.
  • Identify three essential skills for boys to be successful in school and beyond.


  • Classroom Teachers
  • School Counselors
  • School Psychologists
  • School Social Workers (beginner & intermediate)
  • Deans
  • Behaviorists
  • Principals & Other Administrators
  • Special Education Personnel
  • School Resources Officers
  • Counselors & Therapists in Agencies & Private Practice
About the Presenter
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Stephanie Jensen, MS, LPC is an award winning author and international speaker recognized for her insight and understanding of child development, learning and school culture. She combines fifteen years of practice in the fields of education and counseling with research, practical strategies and a bit of humor to address challenging behaviors and to build positive relationships with students of all ages. She has held positions as classroom teacher, reading specialist and as an education consultant with Boys Town. She holds a master’s degree in clinical counseling, focusing her efforts on adolescent and family issues. In recent years Stephanie has applied her passion for adolescents to focus on the dynamics of relational aggression, social-emotional learning, and positive behavior interventions. She is the author of Thrive in the Hive: Surviving the Girl’s World of Good and Bad Relationship Bee-Haviors, Princess Priscilla and the Bully-Bee Day (Winner of the Mom’s Choice Award), and Princess Priscilla and the Mood Ring Rainbow, and Princess Priscilla and the Great Beezilla.

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