Main Conference

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February 10th and 11th will be our two main conference days. The two days will include the following:

  • Three keynote presentations
  • Five workshop sessions
  • An unconference / job-alike session (February 10th)
  • SENIA Advocacy Award presentation
  • SENIA Student Award presentation
  • SENIA Board presentation
  • Japanese cultural experience
  • Drinks reception

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Opening Performance

The SENIA conference will see a grand opening with a koto performance by Leo Zachariah Konno

Eighteen year old Leo Konno is a graduate of Yokohama International School. Leo continued to study the koto in music class through the Middle Years and Diploma Programs, and also studied privately with YIS music teacher Curtis Patterson. He has a number of awards to his credit and numerous opportunities to perform major modern works for koto and bass koto. In 2015 he premiered the award winning “Traitor” by Reika Hattori in Yokohama and New York during the YIS Japanese Music Ensemble’s fall tour. Leo has been featured on NHK television and now performs regularly in concerts in the Tokyo area. He holds a teaching license with the Sawai Koto Institute and currently studies with Kazue Sawai, co-founder of the organization. Leo plans to enter the Contemporary Koto Performance Program at Tokyo University of the Arts in the spring of 2017.

Keynote Presentations

Dr. Brian Willoughby

"If My Child Is So Smart, Why Is He So Slow?": Supporting Students with Slow Processing Speed

This keynote address will focus on students with slow processing speed and how best to support them in a classroom environment. This presentation will review the multifaceted nature of processing speed, as well as the biology and science behind slow processing. Further, this presentation will highlight the impact of slow processing speed in the classroom (and beyond) and discuss practical strategies to support students with this common neuropsychological impairment.

Dr. Steve Chinn

How beliefs help children to fail maths. Lessons from the UK (on what not to do)

Children who find maths difficult can teach us many lessons on what is efficacious for all learners. Long established beliefs that influence the way maths is taught in many countries, for example, that all children can rote learn multiplication facts, may not be realistic or motivating. This session will discuss the impact of these beliefs on the way maths is taught and suggest some alternative approaches that still maintain the integrity of maths

Dr. Madeleine Portwood

Developmental Dyspraxia and co-occurrence with Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Developmental Dyspraxia affects between 6% to 10% of the population, Dyslexia up to 10%, ADD/ADHD is reported to be as high as 15% in some countries and Autism Spectrum Disorder from an incidence of 1 in 1500, 20 years ago is now 1 in 50. It is evident that co-occurrence is not the exception but more likely to be the rule. This session explores possible reasons for the increase in neurodevelopmental disorders relating to environmental and lifestyle changes.

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