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:
- Gerald Anthony, Chairman
- David Dee, Secretary
- Dominique Blue, Membership Chair
- Juliane Karlsson, Media Chair
- Janice Bareng-Pineda, Event Chair
- James Rupasinha, External Expertise Chair
- Chen Yang, Marketing Chair
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.
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.
Chen Yang is Chair of Board of Directors for Popular Line Medical Group which invests in cancer treatment solutions. She serves as Director for P-Cure Group (world leading radiation therapy) and Red Fields Group (commodities trading). She started her career as an investment banker with Citigroup and Bank of America in the U.S. and Asia. She advocates for socially responsible investment such as conversion of a 200 year old stone village in China into an eco-hotel.
Chen received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations and French from Wellesley College, USA. She received her MBA from INSEAD, France / Singapore. She is President of Wellesley Club of Beijing and Member of Wellesley Business Leadership Council. She is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute. With a child of learning disabilities herself, her work and service to the community is personal.
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!
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.