SENIA Japan was very proud to host their first annual conference on 30th April 2016! It was a huge success and also a great platform to introduce SENIA Asia to Japan.
The conference included two plenary sessions: Applied Behavior Analysis by Christine White-Tzeng and How to Use Your Brain’s Built-in Apps to Sharpen Attention, Battle Boredom, and Build Mental Muscle by Dr. Ron Shumsky.
‘Why inclusion’ was an address by three Heads of Schools that set the tone for the conference: Craig Coutts from Yokohama International School, Jon Schatzky from Canadian Academy and Matthew Parr from Nagoya International School discussed the absolute need for schools to support students with learning needs.
There were a range of sessions presented by educators, from addressing math and language difficulties, co-teaching to modifying curriculum and discussing mental health services available to support individuals from multicultural backgrounds.
The ‘show stopper’ that stole everyone’s hearts were students from Nagoya International School who bravely shared their stories of positive learning experiences as well as their challenges in prior academic settings. Common advice they all had for educators was to get to know each student individually and meet them where they are in their learning journey.
A common vision for supporting students with learning needs, sharing expertise with other educators and the opportunity to come together from across the country to advocate for our students made the SENIA Japan conference a tremendous success.
A huge thank you to all the presenters, the host school Canadian Academy, Heads of Schools for their unwavering support, students who shared their stories, parents, participants and everyone who worked behind the scene to make this conference a huge success. Last but not the least, thank you to the SENIA board for their vision and their mission to support learning for everyone on different learning journeys!
Story Contributed by Srishti Vaswani, SENIA Japan Chapter