Conference to focus on the 4th "R"

Teachers, parents, school administrators, child care providers and mental health professionals are expected to gather in West Vancouver Aug. 26 to learn about a behavioural management technique known as self-regulation.

The Fourth "R" conference is presented by the West Vancouver School District in collaboration with the Canadian Self-Regulation Initiative and will take place at Kay Meek Centre. According to a school district press release, self-regulation is viewed as the fourth "R" of education and is as critical to student success as a foundation in reading, writing and arithmetic. Self-regulation strategies increase resilience, build organizational skills and reduce mental health risks.

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Keynote speaker Dr. Stuart Shanker has served as an advisor on early child development to government organizations in Canada and abroad. He is currently supporting the West Vancouver School District's rollout of self-regulation, along with that of seven other B.C. school districts working with the CSRI to embed self-regulation in the classroom.

The CSRI was established to help parents and educators reframe a child's behaviour to understand why a child may have difficulty paying attention, ignoring distractions, inhibiting impulses, modulating emotions and remaining calm, focused and alert.

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