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 – 2023 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
Dr. Gerald Anthony
Chairman, On Behalf of the SENIA-Beijing Board
Dr. Gerald W. Anthony
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
SENIA Beijing External Expertise Directory
Various Assessment Resources in English and Chinese
Psychometric properties autism spectrum
Spectrum’s Guide to Autism
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!
SENIA-Beijing is having an Autism Awareness month activity on April 2, 2023. Scan the QR code for registration and details.
April 2, 2023, 14:00 – 18:00.
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.Â Scan the QR code below for details.
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 letâ€™s use this opportunity to bridge the gap between general education and special education.This yearâ€™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 wonâ€™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 â€œMeet-Up.â€Â Or create one on your own.Letâ€™s build bridges with our colleagues and come together for the benefit of all our students.
Register here:Â https://seniaconference.org
SENIA Partner Events
Incorporating Brain Talks in Teaching Executive Function by: Kaini Gu, M.S. Ed
SENIA-Beijing Partner:Â Neurodiverselearners.com
ADDitude ADHD Expert Webinars
FREE Webinars here
Upcoming conferences in October and 2021
INTERNATIONAL MTSS ONLINE FORUM SERIES
Jan 28-30, 2021
April 22-24, 2021
Other Helpful Resources
Amy Nielsen- BIG ABILITIES PODCAST
April 4, 2023
Editor: Media Chair, Juliane Karlsson
Editor: Media Chair, Juliane Karlsson
Editor: Media Chair, Juliane Karlsson
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
Scholarships and Awards
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