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Thursday, February 25
 

8:00am

 
Friday, February 26
 

7:00am

Registration
Friday February 26, 2016 7:00am - 8:00am
Outside Studio

8:00am

Welcome & Logistics from ISKL
Friday February 26, 2016 8:00am - 8:05am
Studio

8:05am

Announcements from SENIA Board
Friday February 26, 2016 8:05am - 8:20am
Studio

8:20am

Keynote 1: Life on and Slightly to the Right of the Autism Spectrum: An Inside View Towards Success
Join Stephen in his autobiographical journey from the nonverbal days as he relates his life to the many challenges facing people on the autism spectrum.  Some of the areas discussed include classroom accommodation, teaching of musical instruments, as well as issues faced by adults such as relationships, self-advocacy, higher education, and employment.  The session ends with a short audience activity demonstrating what it feels like have autism and to struggle through some of the challenges surrounding communication and socialization. 
Participants shall be able to... 
1. list 2 or more educational strategies enabling the person with autism achieve success in education, 
2. experience communication challenges similar to those of individuals with autism, and, 
3. describe how what might originally be a challenge could be considered a strength for people with autism.

Speakers
SS

Stephen Shore

Diagnosed with "Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies" and "too sick" for outpatient treatment Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism. | | In addition to working with children and talking about... Read More →


Friday February 26, 2016 8:20am - 9:15am
Studio

9:15am

Break
Friday February 26, 2016 9:15am - 9:45am
2nd Floor Corridor

9:45am

A Straightforward RTI Referral Structured for International Schools
Limited Capacity full

This workshop is designed for those involved in identifying individual student learning needs in international schools. It will present a straightforward structure that serves kids well within an RTI framework.
Participants will have the opportunity to unpack the components of this construct and take away ideas that can be replicated where needed.

Speakers
avatar for George Bach

George Bach

George hails from New Zealand, and with his wife Kaye has also worked in Singapore and India as a special educator and elementary counselor. He counts his work as a grade 2 counselor at Singapore American School the most satisfying of his career.
avatar for Amanda Wood

Amanda Wood

Amanda is a Elementary Deputy Principal at Singapore American School. She currently is working on her doctorate from the University of Southern California. Originally from Vancouver Island she and her husband Simon call Singapore home.



Friday February 26, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
021
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ALL

9:45am

Building a Social and Living Skills Programme that Works in Asia
Limited Capacity seats available

The youths in Asia present a unique set of challenges to implementing best practice guidelines. There are systemic, cultural and individual variables that get in the way of accessing learning for social, emotional, recreational and independent life skills. Quest Oasis was a social and living skills programme piloted by Oasis Place, using amultidisciplinary model involving evidenced-based therapeutic approaches. This workshop aims to share the insights and lessons learnt along the way, during this 6 months-long programme.

Speakers
avatar for Cheng Yi tan

Cheng Yi tan

Head Psychologist, Oasis Place Sdn Bhd
I'm an Educational Psychologist. I work with children and young people. People come and see me for assessment and diagnosis of disabilities and learning difficulties. I lived half my life outside Malaysia, in Australia, Brunei and England. As a mother of three, I have a soft spot of parents of children with special needs. I support the inclusion process and rights of all children to get equal opportunity. I think it takes the "whole village" to... Read More →


Friday February 26, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
213
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ALL

9:45am

Child Centered Play Therapy Skills
Limited Capacity full

Participants will learn about different therapeutic elements of play (e.g. types of play materials, play therapist, therapeutic relationships). Participants will also learn about basic play therapy skills (e.g. tracking, reflecting feelings, self-esteem buildings, limit setting).

Speakers
avatar for Sook Huey Lee

Sook Huey Lee

Sook Huey has a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from HELP University, Malaysia. She also receives a Certificate of Competency, Child Centered Play Therapy and Foundations of Play Therapy course (accredited by Association of Play Therapy, USA). In addition to KIN & KIDS Marriage, Family and Child Therapy Center, she works closely with a psychiatrist in his private clinic for collaborative treatment. Her previous clinical experience... Read More →


CCPT pdf

Friday February 26, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
225
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ES

9:45am

Common Teaching Mistakes and How to Fix Them
Limited Capacity full

Covers 6 common teaching mistakes that are made in all classrooms.
1. Assuming students are paying attention
2. Asking, "Do you understand?"
3. Teaching too slow
4. Practicing the wrong skills
5. Having students be right for the wrong reason
6. Misuse of contingent praise

Speakers
avatar for Karli Koning

Karli Koning

SENIA Board Member - Singapore American School
Karli Koning is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and special educator with experience in low-income, international, and metropolitan communities. Her area of expertise is creating programs for students with behavioral needs, training staff, and aiding as a consultant for school-wide programming. She currently works at Singapore American School as a behavioral specialist and early interventionist.



Friday February 26, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
226
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ALL

9:45am

How To Use 5 Love Languages With Students and Families
Limited Capacity filling up

Each of your students expresses and receives love best through one of five love languages. In order to be a more effective educator, you can learn to speak the right love language of your students. Using Gary Chapman’s “The Five Love Languages”, participants will discover their own love language and learn to identify the love language of others. This workshop will help participants communicate more effectively and make stronger connections with students and families. If you are looking for more ideas for how to reach difficult or struggling students, this workshop is for you.

Speakers
avatar for Shelly Maldonado

Shelly Maldonado

Shelly has been an elementary and/or middle school counselor for the past nine years in the United States, South Korea, and the Philippines. Before school counseling, she was a high school social studies teacher and has worked with students, ages 3-20, in a variety of educational settings.



Friday February 26, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
224
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ALL

9:45am

Individual Interventions to Promote Executive Skill Development

This session will focus on designing interventions for students with executive skill weaknesses on an individual level. Dr. Dawson will share a template for intervention design, with a particular focus on involving the child in identifying the targets for intervention and selecting intervention strategies.



Speakers
avatar for Peg Dawson

Peg Dawson

Dr. Peg Dawson worked as a school psychologist for many years before joining her colleague and co-author in establishing the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. By specializing in the assessment of children and adults with learning and attention disorders, she developed an interest in executive skills and how they impact learning. With her colleague and co-author, Dr. Richard Guare, she has written several... Read More →



Friday February 26, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
Studio
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ALL

9:45am

Reboundaries and Resilience
Limited Capacity seats available

Enhancing skills that foster boundary recognition, determination and GRIT!”

As educators and parents, our ultimate goal is to make a positive difference to children and help them reach their highest potential and become the best that they can be in all they do. This goal is getting harder and harder to reach.

*How do we accomplish the great task of teaching our kids the BIG LIST of everything they need to know and succeed in life when they believe that all of their needs are being met through screen time?

*How do we teach our kids online safety?  How do we allow technology to add to our children’s life as opposed to taking from it?

*How do we create an environment where kids genuinely "want it" more than we want it for This research based workshop takes a look at the things that world class parents and educators are doing to accomplish the "ultimate goal."  By creating a craving for knowledge, setting boundaries, teaching GRIT, encouraging patience, and developing E.Q., our children can thrive with strength and confidence in their ever changing world!


Speakers
avatar for Julia Cook

Julia Cook

With over a million books in print, Julia Cook is a former school counselor and teacher who never dreamed she could evolve into an award-winning children's author, parenting expert and inspirational speaker. She now travels the country and abroad encouraging others to follow in her footsteps. "There are so many ideas out there that need to be shared," says Julia who takes top research and creativity translates it into "kid language" that is... Read More →


Friday February 26, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
Science Lab 1
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ES / MS

9:45am

Self-Care: Mindfulness Based for Stress Reduction
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will give a brief explanation of Mindfulness and its benefits. Participants will then be guided through a Mindfulness practice. This workshop is designed for educators in a supportive role as an opportunity for self-care.

Speakers
avatar for Cindy Tisdall-Mc-Phee

Cindy Tisdall-Mc-Phee

Counsellor, United World College of South East Asia
Cindy Tisdall-McPhee is the Head of Middle School Counselling at United World College of South East Asia, East Campus. Cindy is originally from Canada and has been working in International Schools for 15 years. She supports teams to integrate Mindfulness into the classroom, as well as facilitates Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) sessions for staff members. Cindy is a qualified MBSR teacher through the Mindful Academy in Spain, as... Read More →



Friday February 26, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
221

9:45am

Social Thinking Skills through Games
Limited Capacity seats available

Social thinking skills is targeted at in-class provision or specialist focus groups. This workshop will be an interactive look at how we teach and process social skills through 'game' interactions. It will incorporate the 'STOPTHINKDO" strategy as a means of developing thinking strategies to prevent, diffuse or resolve social challenges. It looks at the relationship between tricky situations - emotional response and resultant behaviour. We make use of role play, drama type games and simple word and action games, culminating in a circle time reflection.

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Donovan

Anthony Donovan

Tony is the Additional Needs Co-ordinator at BIS Phuket. He has developed a model to teach social skills and social thinking in a lively and 'on-the-spot fashion where students can take ownership of the material. Tony fuses drama, circle time and PSHE material to engage students in their learning. Tony originally trained at The Hope Centre in London where the centre use a Feuerstein methodology for thinking skills. He linked this initially to... Read More →



Friday February 26, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
Community Room
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ALL

9:45am

Strategies and Activities to Overcome Maths Difficulties in Primary Mathematics
Limited Capacity filling up

This workshop aims to equip educators with strategies that enable students experiencing maths difficulties to dissect the storyline in sums into fun and understandable chunks of information.Through directed, hands on learning, the presenters will demonstrate activities that promote a love for Maths and support concept building in the classroom. 

Speakers
avatar for Aishah Abdullah

Aishah Abdullah

Lead Educational Therapist, Dyslexia Association of Singapore
Mdm Aishah has 44 years of teaching experience in primary school mathematics. She is a pioneer member of the DAS Maths team and has played a strong role in helping DAS students excel in their school maths exams. She has an Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) and holds a Diploma in Dyslexia Studies and a Cambridge International Diploma for teachers and trainers. Currently she is designing the Advanced Maths Programme in DAS to... Read More →
avatar for Anaberta Oehlers-Jaen

Anaberta Oehlers-Jaen

Ms. Oehlers-Jaen is the Head of DAS International Services Ltd and a Senior Educational Therapist. She is also the  Programme Director for Maths, Psychological Assessments and Specialist tutoring under the Specialised Educational Services division of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore. At the same time she is part of the General Management Team at the Dyslexia Association  of Singapore.  She holds a Masters Degree in Special... Read More →



Friday February 26, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
216
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ES

9:45am

Using Signing to Develop Narrative Skills, Maths Concepts, Emotions and Behaviour
Limited Capacity filling up

The introduction of a simple key word signing programme for all students from Nursery through to the end of KS2, has been shown to produce a very real and positive impact on childrens’ language and learning. The benefits can be seen in all children, not just those with special needs and EAL.

 This session will look at:

  • the background and research behind signing for learning,
  • how the programme was successfully introduced at a large international school  
  • how signing supports the development of childrens’ story telling and narrative skills
  • how signing helps behavioural development and management
  • how signing develops and reinforces the understanding of mathematical concepts

 Participants will be able to learn how to sign some of the key vocabulary and will see video’s of signing being introduced to, and used by students within a real classroom environment.


Speakers
avatar for Helen Ford

Helen Ford

Speech and Language Therapist, Bangkok Patana School
Helen Ford is a speech and language therapist who initially specialised in working with adults with acquired neurological conditions. However after moving from the UK she has spent the past 15 years working in International schools with children with communication difficulties. She is particularly interested in how signing with hearing children in a mainstream school can impact on their narrative skills and vocabulary development.



Friday February 26, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
215
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ES

9:45am

Working with Special Needs and the IB
Limited Capacity filling up

This workshop will focus on three different aspects of serving students with special needs in IB schools. The first part will focus on elementary schools and the PYP, grades 1-5, and IEPs and Action Plans. The second will focus on middle school and the MYP, and how to use modified criteria in assessing students with special needs. The last section will focus on grades 11 and 12 and the DP.

Speakers
avatar for Douglas Chee

Douglas Chee

My name is Douglas Chee and I am High School Learning Support (Special Education) teacher from Canadian Academy in Kobe, Japan. I am originally from New York State. I have taught in a public school in Washington, DC, a charter school in Florida, and worked for a non-profit focused on education.
avatar for Joseph Gorski

Joseph Gorski

Canadian Academy
First started teaching as an Assistant Language Teacher in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, then taught ESOL at the University of Northern British Columbia in B.C., Canada. Moved to New York City and taught in a transfer high school, graduated from the City College of New York in 2010 with a Master's degree in Special Education. Former New York City Teaching Fellow and Americorp Award recipient. Previously MYP Learning Support... Read More →
avatar for Aimee Moore

Aimee Moore

Learning Resource Teacher, Canadian Academy
Aimee L Moore: as a veteran teacher, Aimee wears many hats! From being a teacher to a registered nurse...living in the U.S., to Ecuador, to Peru and beyond, Aimee has now landed in Japan where she is the Learning Support Specialist in Kindergarten and Grades 4 & 5. With an emphasis on 'every child can learn' Aimee collaborates with teachers forming solid, creative, differentiated learning plans. Outside the classroom, Aimee volunteers for... Read More →
avatar for Rose Yee

Rose Yee

ROSE YEE is from Toronto, Canada and currently works in Kobe, Japan as a Learning Support teacher for students in first through fourth grades. Rose is particularly interested in supporting not only a range of students with learning needs but her colleagues as well, in order to foster a collaborative environment where learning for all is a joyful, successful experience.



Friday February 26, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
022
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ALL

11:15am

Classroom and School-Based Interventions to Promote Executive Skill Development
This session will share strategies for improving executive skills that can be used at a classroom level or a whole-school level. Examples of elementary, middle, and upper school strategies will be described.

Speakers
avatar for Peg Dawson

Peg Dawson

Dr. Peg Dawson worked as a school psychologist for many years before joining her colleague and co-author in establishing the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. By specializing in the assessment of children and adults with learning and attention disorders, she developed an interest in executive skills and how they impact learning. With her colleague and co-author, Dr. Richard Guare, she has written several... Read More →



Friday February 26, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Studio
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ALL

11:15am

Developing Executive Functioning Skills Through Play in Early Years - A Case Study
Limited Capacity full

Play is an important part of a child's developing years. Making time for Make Believe/ Pretend play gives children opportunities to develop language, self control, balance, impulse control and concentration. More structured play can be incorporated in classrooms to make learning literacy and numeracy fun at that age. Learning through play helps a child develop self regulation, empathy and make meaningful connections to their environment. At OIS, Mumbai students have been introduced to play based learning. The workshops aims to share the practices with the target audience.

Speakers
avatar for Cate Arnquist

Cate Arnquist

Head of Early Years, Oberoi International School
Let the Children Play! | | I have been working with Early Childhood in International schools for almost 15 years. Early Years is a huge passion for me and I love to learn and explore play based learning, Reggio Emilia and how Inclusion works best in our classrooms. I have worked in USA, Venezuela, Bangladesh, Peru and India.
avatar for Anindita Mukherjee

Anindita Mukherjee

I am presently the Deputy Head of the Student Success Program( Primary and Early Years) at Oberoi International School, Mumbai. I have been working with young students with special and specific learning needs and their families for past 15 years now. I have been involved in setting up inclusive practices at our school as well as train teachers and parents to support students effectively in inclusive set ups. I believe early identification of... Read More →



Friday February 26, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
224
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ES

11:15am

Empower Students to be Advocates for their Peers
Limited Capacity seats available

The first part of this workshop will be a video presentation and talk prepared by members of SENIA Manila's Youth Group. The group is composed of high school and college students from seven different local and international schools in Metro Manila. In their video, the group will share personal insights into how teachers can help students with different special needs learn in their classrooms, as well as why they've chosen to advocate for other students. The second part of this workshop will be focused on 1) how to start a youth group within local SENIA Chapters; 2) the benefits and challenges of starting and maintaining an active youth group; and 3) potential youth group activities and advocacy projects or initiatives.

Speakers
KC

Kimy Cañalita

Chapter Member (CO), Best Buddies Philippines
Graciela Kim C. Cañalita is a graduate from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, major in Special Education. She taught at Siena College Quezon City, teaching various students ranging from typically developing nursery students and special children ages 4-12 for one year. She worked at Stepping Stone for two years, teaching children with special needs as well as promoting pre-vocational... Read More →
avatar for Ericson J Perez

Ericson J Perez

Founder & Headmaster, One World School
Ericson J Perez is one of the advisors of the SENIA Manila Youth Group and the Chairperson of SENIA’s Board of Directors. He is the Founder and Headmaster of One World School, Philippines. Before opening One World School, he was the Middle and Upper Schools Student Services Coordinator at Brent International School Manila. He taught middle school science at Sedgwick Middle School in West Hartford, Connecticut, after which he joined the United... Read More →



Friday February 26, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
213
  • Grade Level / Target Audience MS / HS / Guidance Counselors

11:15am

Hello, World! Computer Coding is Fun, Enabling & Relevant for Everyone
Limited Capacity seats available

Though it may sound intimidating, computer coding is surprisingly accessible and is beneficial for students with or without special needs. Coding is a hot topic right now in education, reflecting the increased workplace demands for students in the STEM disciplines who are “digitally literate.” Teaching coding in the classroom can help students develop problem-solving skills and refine their critical thinking abilities. When we help students learn to code, we are promoting social and managerial skills, and students’ confidence grows as they learn to create applications to solve real-world problems. Whether it’s part of the classroom curriculum, or a “code club” that meets after school, there is room for everyone to learn, grow, make friends, and have fun.

Speakers
avatar for MacGregor Grier

MacGregor Grier

One World School
After spending 15 years working as the lead technology trainer in the legal division of a major corporation, MacGregor Grier shifted careers to begin a new life as a teacher. He worked for an international school in Manila before moving to One World School – a well-known Manila institution for students of all abilities – where he currently works with second graders. He hails from the great state of Minnesota in the U.S. but is content to... Read More →


Friday February 26, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
222
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ALL

11:15am

Inclusive Inclusion
Limited Capacity full

Thinking Differently… changing our mind-set in our approach to different minds. The meeting of minds spanning the spectrum requires creative translation of differences on the road to an inclusive & integrated community.
Mind Space CSNE is a demonstrative educational model that is taking a bi-directional, proactive approach to inclusive education where differences are honoured, uniqueness is celebrated and talents are exchanged.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Coomby

Andrew Coomby

Andrew Coomby born in Australia and moved to Malaysia in 1990. Graduated from ISKL in 1996. A teacher & an entrepreneur, Andrew has since founded Mind Space… a centre focused on community enrichment and development in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Inspired from a passion for helping people, Andrew has a dream of developing a sustainable model for community support, integration & transformation.
avatar for Mariana Martinez

Mariana Martinez

Mariana is originally from Mexico. She started working with people with disabilities as a volunteer when she was 14 years old and continued to work in the field ever since. She did a bachelor degree on education in Mexico and a masters degree in developmental disabilities at the University of Sydney, Australia. She then moved to the UK to gain further experience and was working at a special needs secondary school as the complex needs subject... Read More →


Friday February 26, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
214
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ALL

11:15am

Insights, Strategies and Accommodations for Students with Social Communication Disorders - Part I
Limited Capacity full

This workshop explores Social Communication Disorders (including Asperger Syndrome and Social Cognitive Deficits). You will hear a brief overview of the learning characteristic, mindblindness, and how it creates communication and social challenges for students. I will present ideas that are simple and practical to implement in the classroom to ensure your students find greater success in this social world. 

Speakers
avatar for Leah Llamzon

Leah Llamzon

Speech Language Pathologist, Singapore American School
A certified Speech Language Specialist with extensive work on language disorders and social communication deficits in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. A strong believer in active collaboration between parents and teachers to most effectively address language learning needs. A passionate educator and life-long learner, recognized and acknowledged for her professionalism, collaboration, leadership, innovation, and compassion for students... Read More →



Friday February 26, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Science Lab 1
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ALL

11:15am

Mindfulness in The Age of Anxiety - Part I
Limited Capacity full

Agenda:
Activity to introduce mindfulness.
What is anxiety and review common signs of anxiety?
In this age of anxiety, what are the social and educational implications?
What does anxiety look like in the classroom?
Grade leveled strategies and accommodations to reduce anxiety that incorporate mindfulness .
Given scenarios groups will determine the signs of anxiety and educational accommodations to increase coping skills.
Questions and answers 

Speakers
avatar for Caroline Scott

Caroline Scott

For the past 10 years Caroline Scott has been an English and History teacher in Canada and overseas. Her educational achievements include a Masters of Teaching, as well as earning specialist certifications in Special Needs Education and a Certificate of Educational Technology and Information. Presently she is working on completing a Masters of School Counseling. For the past 4 years,Ms. Scott has been HOD of the Middle School Language Arts at... Read More →
avatar for Melanie Shafaat

Melanie Shafaat

Melanie Shafaat's professional career as an educator, principal, university professor, and consultant spans 30+ years. Dr. Shafaat's many experiences as a US national and international presenter have been valued opportunities to learn with and from world wide dedicated colleagues. As a lifetime learner she finds time for traveling and working towards a Certification in Organizational Behavior Management. For the last 6 years she has been a... Read More →



Friday February 26, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
225
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ALL

11:15am

Special Ways And Techniques (SWAT) for Achieving Meaningful Inclusion
Limited Capacity seats available

Through the development and use of educational accommodations as extensions of good teaching practice, participants will learn easy to implement, practical solutions for including student with disabilities in regular education – For example affording a student unable to stand still and sing in chorus class another way of meaningful participation. 
Participants shall be able to…
1. understand the difference between a curriculum modification and an accommodation and their appropriate usage.
2. gain knowledge of customizing modifications and accommodations to fit individual needs for differentiated instruction.
3. develop insights on educating students by employing their strengths.

Speakers
SS

Stephen Shore

Diagnosed with "Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies" and "too sick" for outpatient treatment Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism. | | In addition to working with children and talking about... Read More →


Friday February 26, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Community Room

11:15am

Teens and Screens
Limited Capacity seats available

Screen based technologies are everywhere these days. Cell phones, tablets, portable gaming consoles and video players, laptops and smart phones help blur the lines of reality; there's always a screen to escape into. While these technologies arguably keep us productive and entertained, they have also contributed to a number of developmental and emotional disorders, especially among teens. This workshop will take you through the research, pros and cons, as well as management strategies for teens and screens.

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Laws

Heidi Laws

Hard working, good looking high school teachers
avatar for Susan Renaud

Susan Renaud

Hard working, good looking high school teachers
avatar for Joseph Tremarco

Joseph Tremarco

Hard working, good looking high school teachers


Friday February 26, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
021
  • Grade Level / Target Audience HS

11:15am

Using Picture Books to Support All Learners
Limited Capacity filling up

The growing depth and breadth of picture books has provided an amazing opportunity for teachers to draw in readers of all levels. This workshops will highlight ways picture books can be used in classes of various levels and contents to develop skills and connect with readers, as well as a hands-on opportunity for workshop participants to explore various texts.  

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Ashwin

Nicole Ashwin

Jaime Thomas and Nicole Ashwin lead the ELL and Learning Support programs at Concordia International School Shanghai. Combined, they have over 25 years of teaching experience in the USA, Asia, and Australia in both public and private sectors.
avatar for Jaime Thomas

Jaime Thomas

ELL Coach and ELL Program Coordinator, Concordia International School Shanghai
Jaime Thomas and Nicole Ashwin lead the ELL and Learning Support programs at Concordia International School Shanghai. Combined, they have over 25 years of teaching experience in the USA, Asia, and Australia in both public and private sectors.



Friday February 26, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
226
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ES / MS

12:30pm

Lunch
Friday February 26, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Canteen

1:30pm

Student Award Winner from SENIA Board
Friday February 26, 2016 1:30pm - 1:45pm
Studio

1:45pm

Keynote 2: Unlearning Helplessness – Motivating the Underachiever

In Julia’s presentation, “Unlearning Helplessness – Motivating the Underachiever,” she shares how underachieving occurs when people have a significant gap between their abilities, and what they achieve. In this interactive session, she will discuss the four types of underachievers, talk about the importance of executive function skills, explore the characteristics and causes of underachieving, and present effective solutions that can reverse this problem. “In order to open the doors of “untapped potential,” you need to have the right keys.”




Speakers
avatar for Julia Cook

Julia Cook

With over a million books in print, Julia Cook is a former school counselor and teacher who never dreamed she could evolve into an award-winning children's author, parenting expert and inspirational speaker. She now travels the country and abroad encouraging others to follow in her footsteps. "There are so many ideas out there that need to be shared," says Julia who takes top research and creativity translates it into "kid language" that is... Read More →


Friday February 26, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Studio

3:00pm

An Inside View to Autism: A Sensory, Experiential Session
People on the autism spectrum often perceive, process, and communicate differently. Through activities and discussion focused on developing greater understanding of autism, participants come away with practical solutions for empowering individuals with autism achieve greater success at home, in education, employment, relationships, in the community, and other aspects of life. 
Participants shall be able to… 
1. experience aspects of what it is like to be on the autism spectrum.
2. describe 2 or more differences in how people with autism interact with their environment.
3. list at least 3 environmental modifications or accommodations empowering individuals with autism achieve greater success in school, home, employment, and other aspects of life.
4. learn about resources and assessments for planning supports for individuals with sensory challenges. 

Speakers
SS

Stephen Shore

Diagnosed with "Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies" and "too sick" for outpatient treatment Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism. | | In addition to working with children and talking about... Read More →


Friday February 26, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Studio

3:00pm

Books that Make A Positive Difference - Bibliotherapy in Action Part I
Limited Capacity seats available

Julia Cook leads an entertaining discussion on the use of storybooks to offer children and adults a fun way to learn important people skills. Teach your students to become life-long problem solvers! Julia will demonstrate humorous and effective ways to use books on such subjects as anger control, grief, following instructions, tattling, gaming addiction, bullying, personal space, interrupting, and personal safety. The writing and publishing process will also be explained - learn to become a published author!

*Understand the power and effectiveness of using children's literature to teach important people skills.  Walk away with ideas that you can really use!

*Tackle topics such as tattling, bullying, interrupting, anxiety, depression, anger, oral health, personal safety, personal space, paying attention, risk taking, and even nose picking through active learning.

* Explore the writing and publishing process including a discussion on how to get your own ideas published - (Tips for Publishing Your Good Stuff sheet provided!)



Speakers
avatar for Julia Cook

Julia Cook

With over a million books in print, Julia Cook is a former school counselor and teacher who never dreamed she could evolve into an award-winning children's author, parenting expert and inspirational speaker. She now travels the country and abroad encouraging others to follow in her footsteps. "There are so many ideas out there that need to be shared," says Julia who takes top research and creativity translates it into "kid language" that is... Read More →


Friday February 26, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm
022
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ES / MS

3:00pm

Empowering Classroom Teachers with Strategies to Support Their EAL Students
Limited Capacity full

During the workshop the participants will be shown four strategies that have been successfully used in classrooms with EAL students. The participants will rotate through four workstations to actually try out the strategies to see how they themselves would be able to use the strategies with their EAL students. The Strategies can be adapted to the meet the various grade levels and varying degrees of their students’ English acquisition.

Speakers
avatar for Joni Kerr

Joni Kerr

5th grade/PS EAL/LR Teacher, ISKL Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Ms. Joni Kerr, who is currently an elementary EAL teacher at ISKL, will present the workshop. She is a certified CELTA instructor with experience teaching high school, middle school, and elementary EAL. She has taught in various international schools, including schools in the Middle East, Europe, Northern Africa and South East Asia. Along with her CELTA certification, she is a certified elementary teacher and also holds a Master’s degree in... Read More →


Friday February 26, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Grade 5 Common Area
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ALL

3:00pm

Executive Functioning in the Digital Age
Limited Capacity filling up

School systems have moved on from the days of paper, pencils, and physical textbooks. Students are bombarded with information all day via the traditional classroom lecture as well as through computers, tablets, and phones. Keeping organized in the digital age is one more layer of confusion for students with executive functioning needs. This workshop will walk you through strategies, interventions, programs, and apps that have enabled students to be successful in the digital age. Participants are encouraged to bring and share what has worked in their classrooms as well!

Speakers
avatar for Erika Cebulski Levesque

Erika Cebulski Levesque

Erika Levesque has been a learning support teacher for the past 19 years in both the United States and overseas. The 2015-16 school year will be her 8th year as the middle school LS teacher at the Shanghai American School Puxi campus, having simultaneously served 4 of those years as the PreK-12 learning support coordinator. Through many years of transitioning students to a 1:1 laptop learning environment, Erika has learned how to help students... Read More →



Friday February 26, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Science Lab 2
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ES / MS

3:00pm

Handy Problem Solving Strategies for Primary Mathematics
Limited Capacity filling up

Word problems which command a strong literacy competency are often used to test the student's mathematical knowledge. For students with dyslexia, word problems posed a greater challenge to mathematical achievement in schools. Therefore, this workshop will help participants to adopt practical strategies to help students solve word problems in a more logical and functional way via vocabulary and visual problem solving strategies.

Speakers
avatar for Siti Aishah Shukri

Siti Aishah Shukri

Senior Educational Therapist, Dyslexia Association of Singapore
Siti Aishah Shukri is a Senior Educational Therapist who has been teaching in Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) for 6 years. She dual specialized in the remediation of Literacy (Primary/Secondary) and Math (Primary). Being the core member of the DAS Math team and trained in the WSQ Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA), she is involved in the development of the curriculum for DAS Math programs as well as in the research... Read More →
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Rebecca Yeo

Ms Rebecca Yeo is a Senior Educational Therapist and a member of the Maths core team at the DAS. She has helped with the development of the Essential Maths programme as well as the training of new Math dual specialists at the DAS. In addition, she has conducted student workshops and talks with parents to provide them with strategies to help their children with Mathematics at home. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Psychology from James Cook University... Read More →



Friday February 26, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm
212
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ES

3:00pm

Insights, Strategies and Accommodations for Students with Social Communication Disorders - Part II
Limited Capacity filling up

This follow on workshop would be less theory in the area of Social Cognition to allow more time to expand on strategies and tools that would be relevant to help children with Social Communication Disorders in the classroom. This workshop would be more interactive and participants would be encourage to share some of their strategies. We will get to practice using some of the more common tools such as Social Stories, Comic Strip Conversations, and Social Behavior Mapping as well. 

Speakers
avatar for Leah Llamzon

Leah Llamzon

Speech Language Pathologist, Singapore American School
A certified Speech Language Specialist with extensive work on language disorders and social communication deficits in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. A strong believer in active collaboration between parents and teachers to most effectively address language learning needs. A passionate educator and life-long learner, recognized and acknowledged for her professionalism, collaboration, leadership, innovation, and compassion for students... Read More →



Friday February 26, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Science Lab 1
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ALL

3:00pm

Language Differences vs Language Disorders: Implications for Multilingual Speakers
Limited Capacity full

Working in the international environment can be a challenge when faced with children or students who are struggling in school. Many of the children are multilingual or who are learning multiple languages making it a challenge to determine the underlying problems.

The purpose of this seminar is to provide an overview of normal language development and to examine the differences among language delay, disorders and differences. Strategies for assessment and intervention will be discussed

Speakers
avatar for Shari Rosen

Shari Rosen

Founder, Director, The Essential Learning Group, Shanghai, China
Dr. Shari Rosen is a founder of The Essential Learning Group (ELG), a social enterprise dedicated to helping children with special needs in Shanghai and the Greater China Area for the past 10 years. Currently, she serves as Program Director for the Innovative Learning Center, ELG’s full-time alternative education program. Since 2003, she has consulted extensively with many of the international schools and families that have children with... Read More →


Friday February 26, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Community Room
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ALL

3:00pm

Mindfulness in the Age of Anxiety - Part II
Limited Capacity filling up

Agenda:
Activity to introduce mindfulness.
What is anxiety and review common signs of anxiety?
In this age of anxiety, what are the social and educational implications?
What does anxiety look like in the classroom?
Grade leveled strategies and accommodations to reduce anxiety that incorporate mindfulness .
Given scenarios groups will determine the signs of anxiety and educational accommodations to increase coping skills.
Questions and answers 

Speakers
avatar for Caroline Scott

Caroline Scott

For the past 10 years Caroline Scott has been an English and History teacher in Canada and overseas. Her educational achievements include a Masters of Teaching, as well as earning specialist certifications in Special Needs Education and a Certificate of Educational Technology and Information. Presently she is working on completing a Masters of School Counseling. For the past 4 years,Ms. Scott has been HOD of the Middle School Language Arts at... Read More →
avatar for Melanie Shafaat

Melanie Shafaat

Melanie Shafaat's professional career as an educator, principal, university professor, and consultant spans 30+ years. Dr. Shafaat's many experiences as a US national and international presenter have been valued opportunities to learn with and from world wide dedicated colleagues. As a lifetime learner she finds time for traveling and working towards a Certification in Organizational Behavior Management. For the last 6 years she has been a... Read More →



Friday February 26, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm
225
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ALL

3:00pm

Mobile Application for Individuals with ASD
Limited Capacity seats available

During the workshop, 5 mobile applications that serve 5 different functions and teaching objectives for student with Autism Spectrum Disorder will be introduced. The speaker will share the experience of teachers using apps in the treatment center and school. Comparison on the advantage and disadvantages between the apps and the traditional forms of teaching materials will be discussed.  

Speakers
avatar for Yiu Man Fung

Yiu Man Fung

Raymond is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from St. Cloud State University. After he graduated in the University of Hong Kong in 2000, he started teaching individuals with ASD of different ages and functioning levels in 1 on 1, group and school settings at Autism Partnership. Since 2004, Raymond has been specializing in professional training for therapists, supervisors... Read More →


Friday February 26, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm
215
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ALL

3:00pm

Social Skills Training Method: Teaching Interactions
Limited Capacity full

Teaching Interactions (TI), combined with Discrete Trial Training, is a very effective and useful instructional method for teaching social skills to children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. It involves social as well as communication interchanges between the teacher and learner. The workshop will include detailed explanation of the Teaching Interaction procedure. Videos will also be shown to demonstrate how to apply this procedure in different teaching settings ranging from one-on-one instruction to large groups.

Speakers
avatar for Clara Poon

Clara Poon

Clara Poon is a behavioral consultant in Autism Partnership Hong Kong where she provides individual case supervision, staff training, parent training, group teaching, school and overseas consultation.


Friday February 26, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm
221
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ALL

3:00pm

Strategies for Improving Working Memory
Limited Capacity full

Come take a walk down memory lane with us. As we wander and wonder through working memory basics, strategies to exercise and build this most important muscle. Come put yourself back in the shoes of a learner and review simple strategies to build that memory muscle.

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Laws

Heidi Laws

Hard working, good looking high school teachers
avatar for Susan Renaud

Susan Renaud

Hard working, good looking high school teachers
avatar for Joseph Tremarco

Joseph Tremarco

Hard working, good looking high school teachers


Friday February 26, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm
021
  • Grade Level / Target Audience HS

3:00pm

Talk Less Listen More
Limited Capacity seats available

Classroom and parent solutions for children's behavior. Current brain research has re-shaped what we can do to help children to be more in control of their behavior.
Talk Less Listen More is a practical guide for calm parenting and classroom management.

Speakers
avatar for Rob Whiting

Rob Whiting

Rob Whiting has been a teacher, administrator and parent advisor for over 35 years in Australia and Asia. He has worked with a huge variety of children from ages 4-16 and still lives to tell the tale! | Rob is currently Director of Parenting Matters K.L. a workshop and course provider for parents and teachers.


Friday February 26, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm
224
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ES

4:30pm

Cocktails and Appetizers
Friday February 26, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
TBA
 
Saturday, February 27
 

7:30am

Snacks and Drinks
Saturday February 27, 2016 7:30am - 8:00am
Outside Studio

8:00am

SENIA Board Time & SENIA Advocacy Award Winner
Saturday February 27, 2016 8:00am - 8:45am
Studio

9:00am

Child Safeguarding in International Schools & Lessons Learned in Developing Child Safeguarding Practices
Limited Capacity full

Child abuse and neglect are of growing concern in international schools throughout the world. Abuse and neglect are violations of a child’s human rights and are obstacles to a child’s education as well as to their physical, emotional, and social development. Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS) has developed a comprehensive Child Safeguarding model. The model includes updated policy, reporting procedures, documentation and training for the entire JIS community. International schools have an institutional responsibility to protect children. In this role we need to ensure that all children in our care are afforded a safe and secure environment in which to grow and develop, no matter what cultural background they come from.


Speakers
avatar for Kris Carlson

Kris Carlson

Angie Machacek is a middle school counsellor at Jakarta Intercultural School. Kris Carlson is the middle/high school therapist. For the past 3 years they have worked as part of a Child Safeguarding taskforce to structure and implement a comprehensive program for the protection of children at JIS.
avatar for Angie Machachek

Angie Machachek

Middle School Counsellor, Jakarta Intercultural School
Angie Machacek is a middle school counsellor at Jakarta Intercultural School. She has been a counsellor at JIS for 7 years and previously worked at the American School of Doha and Shanghai American School. Angie has been on the Child Safeguarding Committee at JIS for the past 3 years.


Saturday February 27, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
226
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ALL

9:00am

Coaching: A Versatile Strategy for Promoting Executive Skill Development
Limited Capacity filling up

Coaching is an evidence-based intervention strategy in which a coach (either an adult or   a peer) works with a student to set goals designed to enhance executive skills and lead   to improved self-regulation. Originally designed to help underachieving students achieve academic success, it has been expanded to include a variety of formats, such as peer coaching and group coaching, to achieve both social and academic goals. This session   will provide an overview of coaching and how it is ideally suited to helping students



Speakers
avatar for Peg Dawson

Peg Dawson

Dr. Peg Dawson worked as a school psychologist for many years before joining her colleague and co-author in establishing the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. By specializing in the assessment of children and adults with learning and attention disorders, she developed an interest in executive skills and how they impact learning. With her colleague and co-author, Dr. Richard Guare, she has written several... Read More →


Coach pptx

Saturday February 27, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Community Room
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ALL

9:00am

Creating, Applying Criterion-Related Assessments that are Appropriate for Diverse Learners
Limited Capacity full

Inclusion is crucial in educating diverse learners, and it requires fair, appropriate assessment in our classrooms. It is difficult to be well-versed in inclusion practice and fluent in IB Standards and Practices, all while while trying to simply finish an assessment rubric! At Chadwick International, Student Support and Curriculum Coordinators crafted how to assess level of achievement for students accessing the MYP/DP IB continuum via modifications and accommodations, and have case studies to share. 

Speakers
avatar for Jodi Kittle

Jodi Kittle

Student Support Team Coordinator, Chadwick International
As a Student Support Team Coordinator and Learning Specialist, Jodi spends her day advocating for students and educating teachers (and herself) about the importance of inclusion. Jodi is in her 3rd decade as an educator, working with students and teachers at all levels, and is currently at Chadwick International in Incheon, South Korea, an IB World School. | Jodi received her Masters in Education from Stanford University, and is currently... Read More →



Saturday February 27, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
214
  • Grade Level / Target Audience MS / HS

9:00am

Developing Professional Dialogue: PLCs As A Tool For Student Support
Limited Capacity seats available

The workshop will share research around effectiveness of PLCs or TLCs in schools as a method for developing teacher expertise and as a foundation for professional collaborative dialogue in school. In particular the focus will be on how schools rich in professional dialogue are places where SEN students thrive. My experience of setting up PLCs in 3 different schools will be shared. 

Speakers
avatar for Lucinda Willis

Lucinda Willis

Nagoya International School
"I have been a teacher for 18 years. The majority of time in the UK, initially as a high school teacher in English Literature, Media Studies and Drama. I spent one year teaching in an International school in Andalusia in 2001. In 2002 I hit 30 and wanted a change so I moved in to SEN. I ran a behavior unit in a secondary School in the UK and then became an assistant department head for SEN. After this I became the head of large Special Needs... Read More →



Saturday February 27, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
222
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ALL

9:00am

Establishing Reading Intervention Programs in the International School Setting
Limited Capacity full

The workshop would be based on experience from establishing a program at my current school, from selecting the students in need of intervention to colleagues observations and student results. I envisage this workshop to be a forum to share like or similar experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Lorraine Brockbank

Lorraine Brockbank

Student Services Teacher, Suzhou Singapore International School
I have taught internationally for seven years. In my current position as a Learning Support teacher, I mainly support students across all elementary grades who have literacy challenges through groups and 1-1 support. I also double as the literacy coach at my school.



Saturday February 27, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
213
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ES

9:00am

How Can I Help? Engaging Students and Teachers for Learning
Limited Capacity full

In many international schools today, there is uncertainty about the roles of Learning Support and EAL teachers in the classroom. This workshop will provide educators with suggested guidelines, strategies, and roles and responsibilities of all teachers when co-planning, co-teaching and co-assessing within core subject and homeroom classes. At the same time, a focus will be to de-mystify the overabundance of terminology, and to provide practical strategies, enabling teachers to support all students in their classrooms. 

Speakers
avatar for Fiona Matthew

Fiona Matthew

Fiona Matthew is currently the Head of Department of PYP and MYP EAL at Stonehill International school in Bangalore, India. She began her teaching career 28 years ago in Japan, and is now in her second year at Stonehill. Prior to Stonehill, she spent 11 years at International School Manila in the Philippines, where she was Program Leader for six years. While Fiona has worked in the area of EAL for the past 13 years, she also has experience as an... Read More →
avatar for Lori Rung

Lori Rung

Stonehill International School



Saturday February 27, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
215
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ALL

9:00am

Integrating Mindfulness: Cultivating Equanimity in Teachers and Students
Limited Capacity full

Teaching students with additional needs inherently challenging, both technically and emotionally. While there are an abundance of technical skills and technologies to ease this difficult work, teachers are often expected to manage the heavy emotional lifting on their own. This presentation will therefore offer concrete strategies to develop mental calmness, evenness of temper and the ability to maintain composure, especially when confronted with a difficult student or situation, or both.

The presentation will include a summary of an expanding body of literature regarding the role and potential Mindfulness in education.

Speakers
avatar for Rick Smith

Rick Smith

Teaching students with additional needs inherently challenging, both technically and emotionally. While there are an abundance of technical skills and technologies to ease this difficult work, teachers are often expected to manage the heavy emotional lifting on their own. This presentation will therefore offer concrete strategies to develop mental calmness, evenness of temper and the ability to maintain composure, especially when confronted... Read More →



Saturday February 27, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
221
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ALL

9:00am

It’s A Plural! Understanding and Supporting Five Core Executive Function Skills
When it comes to understanding executive functions, many parents and teachers remain stumped.  Misconceptions about what that term comprises and what can be expected from children at different ages cause confusion and can cloud effective instruction and support services for children who struggle.  This presentation will begin by defining executive functions as being comprised of five core subskills.  We will consider how these develop across the lifespan, resulting in varied and unique learning profiles.  Finally, a framework designed to assist educators with setting individualized intervention goals and instructional supports will be introduced.  Hands-on practice with applying that framework to a range of academic tasks will be provided

Speakers
avatar for Bonnie Singer

Bonnie Singer

CEO, Architects for Learning
Anything related to spoken and written language or learning. (I'm a geek!)



Saturday February 27, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Studio
  • Grade Level / Target Audience Learning Support Teachers, Speech Language Pathologists and ELL Teachers

9:00am

Remove the Struggle, Build Confidence, Achieve Success
Limited Capacity full

Use of technology to promote student learning gains attention as we strive to improve education. However, are we discussing how using technology can benefit the learner? We all know students who struggle with attention causing frustration and heightened anxiety. Learning has enough stressors already—can we reduce stress for children and teens and open doors to the world of knowledge? Explore cutting edge technology supported with exercise, teaching strategies, and nutrition that lead to success. 

Speakers
avatar for Cathryn Berger Kaye

Cathryn Berger Kaye

President, CBK Associates, ABCD Books
"As president of CBK Associates and ABCD Books, Cathryn travels 180 plus days a year throughout the United States and globally providing professional and organizational development programs, conference keynotes, in-depth institutes, and exceptional education and learning resources on service learning, 21st century competencies, social and emotional realms, climate and culture, youth engagement, effective teacher strategies, and environmental... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Barry L. Kaye

Dr. Barry L. Kaye

Dr. Barry L. Kaye has been providing chiropractic care with an emphasis on functional neurology in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, California for 30 years. He has been a lecturer and teacher in varied settings. Dr. Kaye supports his practice with ongoing studies in the Chinese Traditional Arts, including Tai-Chi Chu’an, chi gong and meridian therapy. Dr. Kaye also emphasizes the modalities of neurofeedback and laser therapy along with... Read More →


Saturday February 27, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
216
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ALL

9:00am

Teaching Functional Skills to Students with Disabilities including Autism
Limited Capacity filling up

The workshop will present information about best practices for teaching students with mild, moderate,and severe cognitive disabilities, including autism. The session will give an overview of functional curriculum as well as organizational strategies that increase student learning. Instructional strategies utilizing ABA principals will be discussed. Data tracking systems that are designed to determine Present Levels of Performance and track individual student's progress will be introduced. 

Speakers
avatar for Karli Koning

Karli Koning

SENIA Board Member - Singapore American School
Karli Koning is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and special educator with experience in low-income, international, and metropolitan communities. Her area of expertise is creating programs for students with behavioral needs, training staff, and aiding as a consultant for school-wide programming. She currently works at Singapore American School as a behavioral specialist and early interventionist.



Saturday February 27, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Science Lab 1
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ALL

10:15am

Break
Saturday February 27, 2016 10:15am - 10:45am
2nd Floor Corridor

10:45am

Keynote 3: Beyond “Lazy and Unmotivated” Why Parents and Teachers Need to Know about Executive Skills

When the conversation turns to executive skills, teachers and parents often say, “We didn’t know anything about these when we were growing up—and we turned out just fine.” In this keynote, Dr. Dawson confronts that sentiment head on. The co-author of Smart but Scattered and other books on executive skills explains the executive skills framework she’s been working with for over 20 years—why it’s a better way to describe struggling students than calling them lazy or unmotivated, and why the more parents and teachers understand about these skills, the better they’ll be able to help students strengthen these important habits of mind. She will paint a picture of the strategies she sees as holding the most promise for helping students of all ages develop, tune up, and master these critical life skills.



Speakers
avatar for Peg Dawson

Peg Dawson

Dr. Peg Dawson worked as a school psychologist for many years before joining her colleague and co-author in establishing the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. By specializing in the assessment of children and adults with learning and attention disorders, she developed an interest in executive skills and how they impact learning. With her colleague and co-author, Dr. Richard Guare, she has written several... Read More →


Saturday February 27, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
Studio
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ALL

12:00pm

Lunch
Saturday February 27, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Canteen

1:00pm

Job-A-Like (EAL)
Limited Capacity full

Speakers
avatar for Jaime Thomas

Jaime Thomas

ELL Coach and ELL Program Coordinator, Concordia International School Shanghai
Jaime Thomas and Nicole Ashwin lead the ELL and Learning Support programs at Concordia International School Shanghai. Combined, they have over 25 years of teaching experience in the USA, Asia, and Australia in both public and private sectors.


Saturday February 27, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
226

1:00pm

Job-A-Like (Admin)
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Lucinda Willis

Lucinda Willis

Nagoya International School
"I have been a teacher for 18 years. The majority of time in the UK, initially as a high school teacher in English Literature, Media Studies and Drama. I spent one year teaching in an International school in Andalusia in 2001. In 2002 I hit 30 and wanted a change so I moved in to SEN. I ran a behavior unit in a secondary School in the UK and then became an assistant department head for SEN. After this I became the head of large Special Needs... Read More →


Saturday February 27, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
221

1:00pm

Job-A-Like (Board Members of Local Chapters)
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Karli Koning

Karli Koning

SENIA Board Member - Singapore American School
Karli Koning is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and special educator with experience in low-income, international, and metropolitan communities. Her area of expertise is creating programs for students with behavioral needs, training staff, and aiding as a consultant for school-wide programming. She currently works at Singapore American School as a behavioral specialist and early interventionist.


Saturday February 27, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
216

1:00pm

Job-A-Like (Counselling / Psychologist)
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Shelly Maldonado

Shelly Maldonado

Shelly has been an elementary and/or middle school counselor for the past nine years in the United States, South Korea, and the Philippines. Before school counseling, she was a high school social studies teacher and has worked with students, ages 3-20, in a variety of educational settings.
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Roseana Richards

Counselor, Brent International School
Middle School School Counseling


Saturday February 27, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Community Room

1:00pm

Job-A-Like (ES Learning Support)
Limited Capacity full

Speakers
avatar for Janelle Wettour Meyer

Janelle Wettour Meyer

Learning Support Teacher


Saturday February 27, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
021

1:00pm

Job-A-Like (MS/HS Learning Support)
Limited Capacity full

Speakers
avatar for Mark Kolinski

Mark Kolinski

8th grade Learning Support, Singapore American School
Experience working K-12 for the past 30 years in six international schools.


Saturday February 27, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
022

1:00pm

Job-A-Like (Parents / Local Community)
Limited Capacity seats available


Saturday February 27, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
224

1:00pm

Job-A-Like (Speech)
Limited Capacity filling up

Speakers
avatar for Kate Balsamo

Kate Balsamo

Speech Language Pathologist, The International School of Kuala Lumpur


Saturday February 27, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
222

1:00pm

Job-A-Like (Teachers: Elementary)
Limited Capacity full

Speakers
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Alasdair Hamilton

Teacher, ISKL, Malaysia
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Ellen Smillie

Teacher, ISKL, Malaysia



Saturday February 27, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
225

1:00pm

Job-A-Like (Teachers: Middle & High)
Limited Capacity filling up

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Richmond

Danielle Richmond

Teacher, Concordia International School Shanghai


Saturday February 27, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
223

2:15pm

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Children with Special Needs
Limited Capacity full

This workshop will introduce the value of creative exploration of psychological flexibility for children with special needs. The facilitators will share a few multidimensional activities based on acceptance and commitment therapy that parents, teachers, and therapist may do with special needs children. 

Speakers
avatar for Sook Huey Lee

Sook Huey Lee

Sook Huey has a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from HELP University, Malaysia. She also receives a Certificate of Competency, Child Centered Play Therapy and Foundations of Play Therapy course (accredited by Association of Play Therapy, USA). In addition to KIN & KIDS Marriage, Family and Child Therapy Center, she works closely with a psychiatrist in his private clinic for collaborative treatment. Her previous clinical experience... Read More →


Saturday February 27, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
225
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ALL

2:15pm

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Limited Capacity full

ABA is the process of applying scientific based intervention based on the science of behavior. It is used as a teaching method for children with autism. ABA is widely recognized as a safe and effective treatment for children with autism. In 2007, American Academy of Pediatrics reported children who receive early ABA-based intervention have shown significant improvement. Numerous organizations have endorsed ABA, including the US Surgeon General and the New York State Department of Health. 

Speakers
avatar for Ling Chih Chong

Ling Chih Chong

Ling obtained her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Bangor University, United Kingdom after earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Leeds University in United Kingdom. She completed an ABA online training course in 2010. Ling earned her professional certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in 2014 and becomes one of the first BCBA in Malaysia.Ling has worked as a special educator and lead behavior... Read More →


Saturday February 27, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Science Lab 2
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ALL

2:15pm

Because All Children Can Serve
Limited Capacity seats available

The concept of service learning in international schools continues to grow across the globe. And for good reason. Service learning promotes best practices that provides opportunity for differentiation and varied participation. What are the basic concepts that can be applied with children of any ability? See how the five stages of service learning can be beneficial and applicable to your programs to the benefit of your students and the community. 

Speakers
avatar for Cathryn Berger Kaye

Cathryn Berger Kaye

President, CBK Associates, ABCD Books
"As president of CBK Associates and ABCD Books, Cathryn travels 180 plus days a year throughout the United States and globally providing professional and organizational development programs, conference keynotes, in-depth institutes, and exceptional education and learning resources on service learning, 21st century competencies, social and emotional realms, climate and culture, youth engagement, effective teacher strategies, and environmental... Read More →


Saturday February 27, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
216
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ALL

2:15pm

Books that Make A Positive Difference - Bibliotherapy in Action Part II
Limited Capacity seats available

Julia Cook leads an entertaining discussion on the use of storybooks to offer children and adults a fun way to learn important people skills. Teach your students to become life-long problem solvers! Julia will demonstrate humorous and effective ways to use books on such subjects as anger control, grief, following instructions, tattling, gaming addiction, bullying, personal space, interrupting, and personal safety. The writing and publishing process will also be explained - learn to become a published author!

*Understand the power and effectiveness of using children's literature to teach important people skills.  Walk away with ideas that you can really use!

*Tackle topics such as tattling, bullying, interrupting, anxiety, depression, anger, oral health, personal safety, personal space, paying attention, risk taking, and even nose picking through active learning.

* Explore the writing and publishing process including a discussion on how to get your own ideas published - (Tips for Publishing Your Good Stuff sheet provided!)



Speakers
avatar for Julia Cook

Julia Cook

With over a million books in print, Julia Cook is a former school counselor and teacher who never dreamed she could evolve into an award-winning children's author, parenting expert and inspirational speaker. She now travels the country and abroad encouraging others to follow in her footsteps. "There are so many ideas out there that need to be shared," says Julia who takes top research and creativity translates it into "kid language" that is... Read More →


Saturday February 27, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
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  • Grade Level / Target Audience ES / MS

2:15pm

Collaborative Drawing and Meaning Making
Limited Capacity seats available

 During this experience, participants truly cooperate during various aspects of making art. No art talent or experience is required. Throughout the process, participants are required to make simple patterns with the imagery while rotating to a different section every 5 minutes. As they encounter their neighbor's section, they are required to add to, erase, improvise and often alter the new found section which presents opportunities to cooperate and support each other for the common good. In the end, each participant writes a sentence about the topic around the main subject. The students are afforded many opportunities to demonstrate a talent, courage, care, concern, perseverance, belonging, oneness, team building and emotional intelligence.

Speakers
avatar for Todd Applegate

Todd Applegate

During my 15 years of teaching, I have taught in Georgia, Alabama, Arizona, Saudi Arabia and Thailand. My family lives in Sri Racha, Thailand where I am the Learning Support Specialist at International School Eastern Seaboard. I graduated from Columbus State University with a Bachelor of Fine Art and Arizona State University with a MEd in Administration and Supervision. I spend my free time involved with music, nature, scuba diving, futbol, art... Read More →



Saturday February 27, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
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  • Grade Level / Target Audience ALL

2:15pm

I've Finished My Homework...Or Did I?
Limited Capacity full

This workshop will give an insight into executive functioning deficits in children with LDs in the mainstream classroom.

Speakers
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Maheswari Gopalakrishnan

Senior Educational Therapist, Dyslexia Inc. Singapore
Maheswari is a former school teacher who always reached out to students with LDs. She eventually trained to become a literacy therapist and established Dyslexia Inc. With over 18 years of teaching experience, she developed an interest in how learning difficulties co-morbit with one another. Her areas of interest are executive functioning disorder, auditory processing disorder and dyspraxia and how they affect learning.



Saturday February 27, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
212
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ES

2:15pm

Parallels Between Language, Play and Socio-emotional Development
Limited Capacity full

Plenty of research has shown that play is essential for all children’s healthy development and learning across all ages, domains, and cultures. Play enables children to make sense of their world. It develops social and cultural understandings; allows children to express their thoughts and feelings; fosters flexible and divergent thinking. It also provides opportunities to reason and solve real problems.

The purpose of this seminar is to present the parallels between language and play development. We will explore the early stages of basic functional play that evolves into pretend/symbolic play and role play just as simple vocalizations and words develop into narratives, and conversation. Implications for assessment and intervention will be covered.

Speakers
avatar for Shari Rosen

Shari Rosen

Founder, Director, The Essential Learning Group, Shanghai, China
Dr. Shari Rosen is a founder of The Essential Learning Group (ELG), a social enterprise dedicated to helping children with special needs in Shanghai and the Greater China Area for the past 10 years. Currently, she serves as Program Director for the Innovative Learning Center, ELG’s full-time alternative education program. Since 2003, she has consulted extensively with many of the international schools and families that have children with... Read More →


Saturday February 27, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
222
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ES

2:15pm

Practical Approaches For Strengthening Sentence-Level Reading Comprehension and Writing

Across the school years, students encounter increasingly complex sentence forms when reading and, in turn, are expected to use more sophisticated sentences when speaking and writing.  Those who struggle with learning complex language often have difficulty with understanding text and expressing themselves clearly.  Traditional methods for teaching grammar have proven to be ineffective in helping students understand how sentences work so they can read and write with ease.  In this workshop, we will identify four grammatical structures that are known to be problematic for students who struggle with language and showcase how these grammatical concepts can be taught in a variety of settings using incidental/indirect instruction methods.  The importance of developing a meta-level language about functional sentence parts will be stressed. 

 


Speakers
avatar for Bonnie Singer

Bonnie Singer

CEO, Architects for Learning
Anything related to spoken and written language or learning. (I'm a geek!)



Saturday February 27, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Studio
  • Grade Level / Target Audience Learning Support Teachers, Speech Language Pathologists and ELL Teachers

2:15pm

School-based Support for Refugee Children
Limited Capacity seats available

Following a three-tier framework, this presentation will review current literature and evaluate strategies, that have been have been empirically validated for use with refugee and immigrant students, school staff can use to support refugee children. With awareness of the refugee child’s experience and risk factors, participants will be able to better assist their schools in providing the appropriate level of mental-health support to every refugee child.

Speakers
avatar for Nathalie Fabian

Nathalie Fabian

Natalie Fabian holds a M.A. in Educational Psychology and an Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology from Chapman University (United States). She has experience working as a bridge between families and schools in the United States, South Korea, Thailand, and United Kingdom, Germany, and now Malaysia.



Saturday February 27, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
224
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ALL

2:15pm

Self Awareness Through Mindfulness
Limited Capacity filling up

We want to talk about the importance of mindfulness across our lives as human beings, as teachers and also the lives of our students.
The lack of attention, and the minimal reaction time spent between an impulse and an action sets our lives on autopilot mode. This trickles into our lives in many ways. It is visible in the way we react to our students, the way we teach lessons, the way we react to our colleagues and it also trickles down to our students, who begin to form learning patterns where they lose awareness of their learning. 

Speakers
avatar for Devangana Mishra

Devangana Mishra

"I have spent the last 12 years of my life researching education and a learner's brain. | I have completed an undergraduate honors in sociology and anthropology from Delhi University , done a B Ed. in Special Education, completed a dual masters from Columbia University, New York, in autism and intellectual disabilities, after which I've done a special program in Applied Behaviour Analysis from Columbia too.I have recently completed a... Read More →


Saturday February 27, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
223
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ALL

2:15pm

Transition and Families
Limited Capacity full

This workshop will focus on the ways that transitions effect students with special learning needs. The goal is to provide tools to help educators and families manage transition stress at school and at home. Personality Type dramatically effects how we cope and move through change. We will briefly explore how personality type impacts students under extreme stress.. 

Speakers
avatar for Fredrick Wagner

Fredrick Wagner

Learning Specialist K-8, Morrison Academy
ENFP, Recovering shoe-addict, Father of two boys, Celebrating 16 years of marriage, Member of the Poverty Jet-Set, B.S. in Education - Baylor University, M.Ed in Administration - American Publlc University



Saturday February 27, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
214
  • Grade Level / Target Audience ALL

3:45pm

Closing Ceremony for SENIA
Saturday February 27, 2016 3:45pm - 4:00pm
Studio