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!
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.
SENIA Beijing External Expertise Directory
Various Assessment Resources in English and Chinese
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!