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The 5th Annual SENIA Manila Conference is set for January 23, 2016 at the International School Manila (ISM).
The 13th annual SENIA 2016 Conference will be held in the International School of Kuala Lumpur Melawati Campus. The pre-conference will take place on Thursday, 25 February, with the conference proper on Friday, 26 February and Saturday, 27 February.
For this year, there will be three strands:
- Assessment with Diverse Populations
- Social Emotional Well-Being of Students
- Executive Functioning
Keynote speakers have been prepared for the three main strands. Dr. Samuel Ortiz will be the keynote speaker for assessment with diverse populations. Julia Cook will be speaking about social emotional well-being of students and Dr. Peg Dawson is our keynote speaker for executive functioning strand.
Registration is now open. Please visit the official SENIA 2016 website.
The 4th Annual Special Education Network in Asia (SENIA) Manila Conference was a success! Hosted by Brent International School Manila last April 25, 2015, the 4th Annual SENIA Manila Conference offered 2 plenary sessions and 9 workshops for over 120 participants. Plenary sessions involved topics such as “The Impact of Anxiety on Student’s Learning and Behavior” presented by Dr. Ann Helmus and “Social Cognition: The iLAUGH Model” presented by Jenny de Guzman and Lea Infante.
Workshops presenters from various friends of SENIA schools made the conference rich with learning opportunities. There were sessions on co-teaching, IB accommodations, executive functioning, five love languages, mindfulness, restorative discipline and management strategies.
The conference closed with a touching session led by the SENIA Youth members. Through an experiential activity, the SENIA Youth allowed participants to experience what it is like to have learning challenges.
The SENIA Board would like to thank Ms. Priscilla Leighton and Ms. Patti Valley of Brent International School Manila for organizing this year’s conference. Heartfelt thanks also goes out to the speakers who shared their expertise at no cost. Specifically, we thank Dr. Ann Helmus, Jenny De Guzman, Shelly Maldonado, Stella Alcantara, Melissa Mendoza, Ericson Perez, Derek Pierce, Marisol Maranan, Lea Infante, Hanna Naing, Karl Mejia, Rizzy Javier, Leanne Martinez, Catherine Deen and Priscilla Leighton.
Relive SENIA 2015 through these wonderful photos taken during the sessions.
Every three years, the Special Education Network in Asia (SENIA) holds a joint conference with the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS).
We are glad to announce that registration for the EARCOS Teacher’s Conference (ETC 2015) is now open! The conference will be held in Sutera Harbour, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Malaysia on March 26 to 28, 2015.
Interested SENIA members may register and pay the same rate as EARCOS members (USD290) until January 23, 2015. The rate will increase to USD310 after January 23, 2015. Changing delegates is acceptable but there will be a USD75 charge after January 23.
For SENIA members, please use this special SENIA REGISTRATION LINK to register. The registration details is found below:
The conference organizers have prepared an excellent program including notable keynote speakers, teacher workshops and special presenters. Confirmed keynote speakers include Anne Sibley O’Brien (Literacy), James Stronge (Assessment) and John Wood (Literacy). There are also pre-conference presentations on Early Childhood Education, ESL, Special Education, Special Needs, Language and Literacy, Counseling, and Technology among many. For more specific information about the keynote speakers, preconferences and workshops, please visit the official EARCOS Teacher’s Conference 2015 website.
Content adapted from official SENIA Website
The 3rd Annual SENIA Manila conference will be held at Beacon School on March 22, 2014. The conference will be full of exciting events including two plenary seminars, workshops and time for communities of practice sharing. The honorary SENIA Student Awards will also be given to winners from the Philippines. For the full program and workshop details, click here.
In preparation for the 3rd Annual SENIA Manila conference, SENIA Manila members were given an opportunity to sign-up for workshops and lunch in advance through Sign-Up genius. Handouts from the various presentations will be made available after the conference is over.
SENIA would like to thank Beacon School and Ms. Yvette Crisostomo for organizing this year’s conference. See you on March 22, 2014.
Don’t forget to share your memories by posting your photos using the official hashtag #SENIAManila2014!
The SENIA Manila Youth Chapter completed their first advocacy project as a group. With their video entitled “Are We Really That Different?”, the SENIA Manila Youth continues to advocate for special needs in a touching way. Check out their video and feature below. The feature is written from the perspective of the SENIA Youth.
Are We Really That Different?
Do people have the right to judge us for who we are and what makes us special?
‘SENIA: Are we really that different?’ is a video about us, international students who have learning challenges, and handle them in different ways. Each stride we take, we are faced with new obstacles where our learning challenges prevent us from conquering but we still persevere!
The video is our, Manila Youth Chapter’s, way of spreading awareness about the kinds of challenges we students have. No matter the challenge, we cope with them in our own way and in our own time.
This video has two sides–what we struggle with and how we excel in our hobbies and activities. We want to show that even though we are different, we aren’t. We have learning differences that make us special and unique. However, we are human just like you.
Learning challenges are not rare to society and by just accepting that not everyone thinks alike, we become a more accepting mankind. Our goal is to help the educators and the education sector in the Philippines to be more aware of our challenges. Learning support programs needs to be better developed and spread throughout the Philippines. If kids, at a young age, get the support they need, it will give them a brighter future.
SENIA Manila starts 2014 with exciting activities
Representatives from SENIA schools met last January 23, 2014 at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Fort Bonifacio to plan for upcoming SENIA Manila activities. New representatives joined the meeting as well as a guest from Best Buddies Philippines. The meeting yielded several exciting activities lined up for SENIA Manila members. For those interested, please coordinate with the contact persons on or before the due date. Walk-ins run the risk of having no seats.
BEST BUDDIES Manila
A representative from Best Buddies, an international movement that partners students for success in school, business, and other areas offered a free training and open house about Best Buddies. Here are the dates.
Best Buddies Training
Feb. 15, 2014, Room B,C and D Unilab Bayanihan Center 8008 Pioneer St. Bo. Kapitolyo Pasig (Map here.)
Deadline for Registration: February 7, 2014
Best Buddies Contact:
Ms. Anj Onrubia Director
Best Buddies Philippines
Email: [email protected]
Best Buddies Open House
Feb. 16, 2014, Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street (4th Floor, The Forum) Open to all
SENIA MANILA Conference 2014
Sponsor: Beacon International School
Date: March 22, 2014 (Saturday)
Fee: PhP300 for lunch (Same charge last year)
For inquiries, please contact Ms. Yvette Crisostomo, Beacon School
Email: [email protected]
In the meantime, enjoy these photos from the last SENIA Manila representatives meeting.
Registration for SENIA 2014 conference in Singapore is now open!
SENIA 2014 Conference will be held at United World College East Campus in Singapore. The conference will have three strands covering valuable topics. The three strands of the SENIA 2014 Conference include:
- Behaviour management
- Executive functioning
The conference will start at 8:30am on Friday, 28 February and will run until Saturday, 1 March, ending around 4:30pm. There will be pre-conference workshop on Thursday, February 27. The price of SENIA 2014 is US$100 for the pre-conference and US$270 for the conference.
We have three wonderful keynotes confirmed. Margaret Thorsborne is our keynote speaker on behaviour management and a leader in the field of restorative practices. Steve Chinn is our maths keynote and an expert on dyscalculia and maths learning difficulties. Last but not least is Bonnie Singer, our executive functioning keynote speaker and expert on language and literacy.
The Special Education Network in Asia (SENIA), a network of educators, professionals and parents across Asia dedicated to supporting children with special learning needs is looking for the next SENIA Student Award winner. SENIA has chapters in China, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.
With more than 10 years of advocacy for special education, SENIA is awarding its third SENIA Student Award. Previous winners include Ms. Andrea Ysabel Zubiri (2012) of Brent International School and De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde and Ms. Samantha Johnson (2013) of the International School Manila.
The SENIA Student Award honors a student with a disability who excels. It celebrates the achievements of a child or youth with disabilities; encourages awareness of the abilities and aspirations of children/youth with disabilities; and advocates in behalf of exceptional children in Asia. Nominations may be made by anyone. The winner of the SENIA Student Award will receive a plaque, two nights’ accommodations and flights to attend the SENIA 12 Conference in Singapore on February 28 to March 1, 2014. The winner may bring a chaperone if needed.