Welcome to the 2020 -2021 academic year. We warmly welcome all teachers, specialist, parents, and community members. I would firstly like to extend extreme gratitude once again to the previous board members for all they have done and accomplished in making SENIA-Beijing what it is today. This leads into the first items I would like to share, our mission and vision from our parent organization.
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.
With that being said, I would like to introduce you to the current board with their positions:
- James Rupasinha, Secretary and External Expertise Chair
- Faith Peik Hwa Ng, Marketing Chair
- Petra Zerovnik, Membership Chair
- Janice Bareng-Pineda, Event Chair
- Juliane Karlsson, Media Chair
- Gerald Anthony, Chairman
In the upcoming year, the SENIA-Beijing board has many things in store its members. This will be a year of enrichment of previous resources as well as a few firsts. Our communication platforms such as our website and WeChat group will be upgraded. Our external outreach has also enhanced with a dedicated Marketing Chair. The external expertise directory is now available in several formats with the most up to date listings and tips on how to select the appropriate specialist. The final thing I will mention for now is in the community we will continue to develop meaningful partnerships with our local counterparts through the Local Integration of Needs and Knowledge (L.I.N.K) program.
The Board also will have serval first this year. SENIA-Beijing will be involved in its first ever virtual Fall Conference. In preparations leading up to the conference, there will be a call for workshop presenters and a call to the community organizations who wish to be one of the conference sponsors. If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please connect with us through our communication platforms to receive information on this great professional development and networking opportunity.
In these seasons of change, we hope everyone is well and in good health. 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.
Petra Zerovnik, originally, from Slovenia, has studied, lived, and worked overseas for over 26 years. She has been an English Language Acquisition and Special Education teacher and Department Leader in the USA, Austria, Belgium, and now in China. She enjoys spending time and traveling with her family learning about various cultures, reading, theatre, movies, swimming and skiing. She earned her Master’s in Education and has over 10 years of experience with the IB PYP, MYP, and DP programs. She is an avid advocate for inclusion and equal opportunities for all students.
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.
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!
Editor: Media Chair, Juliane Karlsson
The SENIA-Beijing Newsletter February 2021 is out! See the latest happenings, upcoming events, book reviews, etc. via the link below.