The Family-School Relationship

An Examination and Study of Differing Methodologies

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10 March 2017

Viaró Global School
Barcelona, Spain

Join your IBSC colleagues in Barcelona, Spain, for a professional development opportunity designed specifically for those interested in pastoral and family care. Gather at Viaró Global School to explore the importance of family participation in our educational environments.

Reward one or two of your pastoral, counseling, or other staff members with this unique growth opportunity. We look forward to seeing you in Barcelona.

Who Should Attend?

This event is aimed at Headmasters, Deputy and Assistant Principals, and all staff members who have a particular interest in pastoral care and managing relationships with our school families.

Conference Program

The conference will explore the relationship between family and school, and study different methodologies. Study the importance of family participation in our educational institutions, and how this participation can positively impact students’ academic lives. Also examine how the relationship between our families and our educational institutions can significantly influence the formation of our students on a more global scale. See conference schedule for additional details.


Our three guest speakers – David Banks, Mike Grenier, and Ignacio Sala – will provide their own insights, gleaned during their distinguished careers, on the relationship between family and school. Each speaker will showcase different methodologies for fostering a successful union between family and school. David Banks is the president and CEO of the Eagle Academy Foundation in New York City. Mike Grenier, Eton House Master, is a master teacher and co-founder of the "slow education movement." Ignacio Sala is Vice President of Viaró's Board of Trustees, and a proud parent of a student at the school. Consult speakers for additional speaker details.


Registration has reached capacity. Consult conference registration for additional registration details.

Hotel Accomodations, Transportation, and Meals

Contact Judit Fernandez telephone +34934189967 or for special pricing available for conference attendees for both hotels listed below.

Hotel Avenida Palace ★★★★

Single-occupancy room: 120€ per night
Double room: 140€ per night
Breakfast buffet included.
(Tourist tax of 1.21€ 10% IVA included.)

Mesón Castilla Atiram Hotel ★★

Double room: 95 € per night
Breakfast included.
(Tourist tax of 1.21€ 10% IVA included.)

Other Conference Details

  • Venue: The conference takes place in the library of the school in the main building. View additional view of the library here.
  • Lunch: During the registration process, attendees will have the opportunity to specify food allergies or special food requirements. Additionally, you may contact Jose Maria Forment at
  • Parking: Parking is available at the main entrance of the school. See parking map for details.
  • Event organizer: Miguel Dionis at
    For general queries please contact Jose Maria Forment at