Dear SENIA-Beijing,

Greetings to you and the near end of the first quarter of the 2021 -2022 academic year.  We warmly welcome all teachers, specialist, parents, plus both the local and greater community.  As SENIA-Beijing continues, I cannot help but extend great thanks to previous board members for all they have done and accomplished in making SENIA-Beijing what it is continues to be today allowing us to keep our mission and vision.

Mission: The Special Education Network Inclusion Association (SENIA) is an association of educators, professionals, and parents whose mission is to advocate for and provide resources/supports for differently abled individuals.

Vision: To live in an inclusive world where every individual is supported, resources are accessible, potential is maximized, and action is inspired.

I would like to introduce you to the 2021 – 2022 SENIA-Beijing board with their positions:

  • Janice Bareng-Pineda, Event Chair
  • Dominique Blue, Membership Chair
  • Stephenie Lee, Marketing Chair
  • David Dee, Secretary
  • Juliane Karlsson, Media Chair
  • James Rupasinha, External Expertise Chair
  • Gerald Anthony, Chairman

This upcoming year, the SENIA-Beijing board has a desire to expand its influence with many exciting new projects for both the local, national and international community. Our planning theme for the year is: Small projects, BIG impact.

At the local level, we are looking to create and partner with more local organizations in the first half of the year.  Our popular External Expertise directory has already been updated and published in our communication mediums. We also have a set board position of Secretary to help document, record and help bridge partnering request with the local community.  Yes, we want to know about your events and ways we can support! Thus far this year we have worked with our key local partners – Best Buddies China, Rong Ai Rong Le, One Village and Auesome Place. Our Local Integration of Needs and Knowledge (L.I.N.K) program is also still ongoing.

From the changes that are taking place inside and outside of Beijing, our membership has begun to take a different shape.  SENIA-Beijing now has members from other SENIA chapters in China as collaboration and sharing of resources is now a much-needed reality.  Our Membership Chair has exciting initiatives for our members in Beijing and the few that are outside of Beijing. Please continue to read our different platforms for important upcoming information and initiatives.

One such national project is that SENIA-Beijing is spearheading a panel of Early Childhood Specialist at the 2021 Bright Start Conference, November 18 – 20th.  Our panel consist of members from SENIA-Beijing, SENIA-Shanghai, and SENIA-Shenzhen/Hong Kong.

Internationally, we will continue to liaise with our parent group, SENIA International for our Winter Conference. This year’s conference takes place virtually December 3 – 5, 2021 and is themed, Learning Ecosystems (https://seniaconference.org/ ). This conference brings together powerful and world renown speakers with exciting new add-ons.  First, this year the conference will have target strands that include the inclusive practices strand, social emotional learning & mental health strand, intensive needs strand, math strategies, and literacy strategies.  Learning Ecosystems will also have the addition of an online job-networking feature for SEL specialist to meet and great leaders from schools around the world.  Thirdly, this conference is also offering more scholarships, a flat school rate, and other pricing options not available in previous years to help include as many participants as possible. See our Awards and Scholarships pages and our local WeChat group in the future for more information.

If you are interested in attending the Learning Ecosystems Conference, participating in the job networking fair, being a sponsor, or learning more about SENIA and SENIA-Beijing, please promptly connect with us through our numerous communication platforms to receive information on this great professional development and networking opportunity.  Reserve a spot for you or your organization while spaces are still available.

Finally, we are finding impact through inclusion.  Our Voices of Children Project is asking for original artwork from our young children to give them a voice in today’s environment. Our goal is to have a national China Exhibition of early childhood artwork with more than 500 pieces from all over China to raise awareness and give voice to our children.

To conclude, in this year of stabilization, we hope everyone is strengthening voice, resources, and community. We look forward to our future cooperation and communication.  Have a great year!

Regards,

Dr. Gerald Anthony

Chairman, On Behalf of the SENIA-Beijing Board

Dr. Gerald W. Anthony

Dr. Gerald W. Anthony

Chairman

Dr. Gerald W. Anthony has been in China since 2002, working as an educator and counselor. He has a doctorate degree in counseling, K-12 educational leadership certification, and a wide range of experiences in the areas of CBT, autism, and language.

Gerald brings over 18-years of education and leadership experience to the SENIA-Beijing board. Currently he serves as Chair of SENIA-Beijing and in the past served as the Co-Chair of Membership and Local Liaison for SENIA-Beijing.

David Dee

David Dee

Secretary

David Dee has been in been teaching in China for more than three years. Before that he was teaching in the United Kingdom for more than seventeen years as both a teacher and Headteacher. David has a P.G.C.E. In Education and qualifications in Special Needs(SENCo) and Headship (N.P.Q.H.)

He now leads the Learning Support Team for the Primary School at Beijing World Youth Academy. David is happiest when finding ways for all pupils to thrive in their learning environment.

Dominique Blue

Dominique Blue

Membership Chair

Dominique serves as a middle school Learning Support Teacher at the International School Beijing. She has served students in roles as Special Education teacher, Middle School Math & Science Teacher, Middle School Dean, and Learning Support Coordinator in the USA, Nigeria, and China. She serves as a NEASC accreditation visitor and is completing her tenure as an Association of International Educators and Leaders of Color (AIELOC) Advisory Council member. She is a proponent of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) and bringing much-needed awareness to the importance of creating a positive disability identity rooted in Disability culture.

Dominique holds a B.A. in Africana Studies, an M.Ed. and licensure in Special Education, an M.SE and licensure in Educational Diagnostics, and is completing a Special Education Director licensure. She enjoys learning new knowledge and skills to support and advocate for members of the Disabled community. As the parent of a Disabled youth, her work is personal.

Juliane Karlsson

Juliane Karlsson

Media Chair

Juliane Karlsson has worked over 20 years in education. Her passion for developing better strategies to promote inclusive environments crosses both public and private spaces. She has a degree in education and masters in socio-psychology.

As a teacher, she collaborated in the creation of public policies for schools, courses for child counsellors across the Amazon, and also acts as special needs professional. Her book narrates the children perspective of participation at school. Nowadays, she is the media coordinator of the SENIA-Beijing and is the editor of its newsletter.

Janice Bareng-Pineda

Janice Bareng-Pineda

Event Chair

Janice Bareng-Pineda is a Learning Support teacher/coordinator at Harrow School Beijing for eight years up to the present. Even before she joined Harrow, she had supported students with special needs. She believes that all students, with different abilities or background, should be included in a nurturing and understanding learning environment.

She graduated with AB English (Language and Literature) then she garnered education units for a teaching license, certified in Special Education and PGCEi from the University of Nottingham, UK.

Stephenie Lee

Stephenie Lee

Marketing Chair

Stephenie Lee is a learning specialist with over ten years of experience serving students with ASD, ADHD, dyslexia, and language processing disorders in North America and Asia-Pacific. Trained in programs such as PRT, iLs, Orton-Gillingham, and Lindamood Bell, Stephenie is also the founder of Beacon Learning, a Beijing-based organization that provides customized sensory motor, cognitive processing, and executive functioning interventions to students to help them thrive in academic and social settings.

James Rupasinha

James Rupasinha

External Expertise Chair

James Rupasinha is an educational and child psychologist, who is continually inspired by the patience and dedication he observes in his teaching and counselling colleagues. His background is with the British government, evaluating schools‘ provision for under-achieving students and those with high-level safeguarding needs. In and out of China since 2007, James has been with Harrow Beijing since 2016 and he has over a decade’s worth of experience in building capacity and resilience within Chinese and British schools.

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Special Education Network and Inclusion Association(SENIA)-Beijing brings you to what’s happening around to keep you updated on upcoming events, conferences, seminars/webinars and workshops this year!

Events Calendar

SENIA Events

SENIA-Beijing is joining Auesome Place, One Village and RongAiRongLe to host a Moon (Mid-Autumn) Festival Lunch Party.

Saturday, September 25, 2021, 10am – 1pm.

Come visit SENIA-Beijing at the Jing Kids International School Expo Beijing

April 17, 2021, 10am – 5:30pm.  Scan the QR code below for details.

BEST BUDDIES FRIENDSHIP PROGRAMS

February 1-28, 2021

BEST BUDDIES PENPALS

Hosted By SENIA-Beijing

See the Chinese article here: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/QoJE7NZKdRSpMPMbiWlqBA

December 4-6, 2020

SENIA 2020 VIRTUAL CONFERENCE BRIDGING THE GAP

Hosted By Chadwick International School, Incheon, South Korea

THE COUNTDOWN IS ON

SENIA is virtual, so let’s use this opportunity to bridge the gap between general education and special education.This year’s conference brings together experts in the fields of Behavior, Communication, English as an Additional Language, Inclusion, and Executive Functions. Excited about this conference, but worried you won’t be able to network? Have no fear. Local chapters are currently planning Watch Parties and other events where you can meet in person.For those of us who are strictly virtual, join an interest-based virtual “Meet-Up.”  Or create one on your own.Let’s build bridges with our colleagues and come together for the benefit of all our students.

Register here: https://seniaconference.org

SENIA Partner Events

Incorporating Brain Talks in Teaching Executive Function by: Kaini Gu, M.S. Ed

SENIA-Beijing Partner:  Neurodiverselearners.com

ASD

ADHD

ADDitude ADHD Expert Webinars

FREE Webinars here

ADDitude Webinar Replays

Upcoming conferences in October and 2021

INTERNATIONAL MTSS ONLINE FORUM SERIES

Oct 1-3, 2020

Jan 28-30, 2021

April 22-24, 2021

INTERNATIONAL MTSS ONLINE FORUM SERIES

January 2022

SENIA Beijing January 2022 Newsletter

Editor: Media Chair, Juliane Karlsson

SENIA – Beijing January 2022 Newsletter

December 2021

SENIA 2021 Wrap Up Newsletter

Editor: Media Chair, Juliane Karlsson

SENIA 2021 Wrap Up Newsletter

October 2021

Editor: Media Chair, Juliane Karlsson

SENIA BJ Oct 2021 Newsletter

The SENIA-Beijing Newsletter October 2021 is out! See the latest happenings, upcoming events, book reviews, etc. via the link below.

What Last Year’s Attendees Say About the Conference:

“Actionable takeaways and a wonderful convening of individuals passionate about helping kids with learning differences!”

“This conference highlighted the importance of having these conferences.”

Introducing Our Speakers

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A BIG Thank You to our Sponsors:

Scholarships and Awards

Do you know an outstanding student or professional that has made a lasting impact in the area of inclusion? Nominate them for the SENIA Student Award or SENIA World Changer Award. Click here to find out more and apply.

Would you consider supporting SENIA financially? Our free or low cost conferences and resources are maintained by the support of our members and sponsors.  All donations can get a tax-deductible invoice upon request. Contact us for more details.

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