Course Description

Help boys become more successful in the classroom and learn new strategies for effectively teaching boys of all ages! Parents, teachers, and mental health professionals are worried about boys in today's school system.  Lack of motivation and disinterest in school are just a few of the growing challenges when educating boys and young men.  In this course you will be working through the required text, Boys Adrift, in which family physician and psychologist Leonard Sax tackles the problem head on, drawing on the very latest research and his vast experience with boys and their families. Work at your own pace in this course and gain valuable tools to immediately use in your school. Grades K-12.

Learner Outcomes

Participants will
  • Gain an awareness of the 5 factors that the author thinks are changing boys
  • Explore best practices and make changes if needed to better suit teaching boys
  • Ensure all learners are succeeding
  • Use evidence and research to solve problems of practice and make educational and therapeutic decisions
  • Critically analyze and implement research-based practices
  • Ask yourself questions and think about how, what, and why you teach the way you do
  • Explore technology and resources that will benefit you and your students


Each year it seems that I have more and more boys who are lacking motivation and enjoyment at school. I wanted to have a better understanding of why they felt the way they did, and what I could do to help them feel supported and more engaged in school. I feel that this book really provided me with a background of reasons why boys are not as engaged and motivated. I also think that the assignments that you assigned really helped me to process the research and continue to have a deeper understanding of the reasons why boys are less motivated. Thank you for a wonderful class!

                                                                        ---Fall 2017 Student

I thoroughly enjoyed reading every chapter of this book, from a teacher’s perspective, but especially from a parent boys’ perspective. There is so much that goes into raising kids today, it seems as though this type of information should be wide spread and made available to parents as a resource to help guide them. Thanks for your thoughtful feedback to each assignment.

--- Winter 2018 Student

I thoroughly enjoyed this class and have shared what I've learned with many friends, family and colleagues. I'm looking forward to applying what I've learned in my own classroom as well as with my own children.

---Summer 2016 Student

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Section Title
No Boys Behind: Effectively Reaching and Teaching Boys
Start Now, you have 365 days to complete this course once enrolled.
Delivery Options
Distance Learning  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (3 units) $690.00
Available for Credit
3 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men, Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D., Basic Books,

ISBN: 978-0-465-07209-5

Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with The Innovative Northwest Teacher (TINT)

Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.


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