St. Thomas' Episcopal School Hosts Symposium Addressing Learning Challenges Facing Boys Today

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Houston School Hosts "Understanding Boys" Symposium.

From 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, oftentimes 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, The 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 St. in Meyerland.

About Saint Thomas’ Episcopal Church:
Established in 1955, Saint Thomas’ Episcopal School (STE) is a private, pre-K through 12 college preparatory school that believes in nurturing the minds and spirits of its students through classical and Christ-centered instruction. With stimulating academics, vibrant visual and performing art programs, and an emphasis on college readiness, graduates leave Saint Thomas’ well-prepared for the rigors of higher education and a productive life beyond STE. For more information, please visit or call 713.666.3111.

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