Spectrum hosts Island-wide parent conference

Educational "Rockstars" Martin Brokenleg and Stuart Shanker are slated to speak Feb. 11 at Spectrum community school.

Organizers of the fifth annual Vancouver Island Parent Conference expect to attract a record crowd to listen to two rockstars in the world of educational keynote speakers.

Martin Brokenleg, expert on the resiliency of children and Stuart Shanker, a York University professor who deals in self-regulation from a neuro-scientific perspective, are slated to speak Feb. 11 at Spectrum community school.

“We really wanted a conference where parents and teachers could learn together,” said John Bird, president of the Victoria Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils. “This is really applicable in homes and in classrooms.

“Our hope is that parents and teachers become partners in education in a real sense,” said Bird, whose organization co-organized the conference.

A joint effort with the Sooke Parents’ Education Advisory Council, last year’s event drew an impressive 225 people, Bird said.

The $75 registration includes breakfast, lunch and snacks. More information is available at Vipc.ca.