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Plenary Sessions will take place in the morning from 0900 to 1230

Keynote Speech
Forging Inclusion in Our Preschools
by Associate Professor Kenneth Poon

Preschool inclusion has, in the recent months, attracted quite some media attention. Children with developmental needs have always been in our preschool classrooms and have been supported with varying degrees of success. Recent refinements to Singapore's early intervention continuum has once again brought the spotlight to this issue.
In this presentation, an evidence-informed approach will be taken to consider how children with developmental needs can be included in preschools. Successful inclusion in preschools is possible for most children but it requires collaboration between various stakeholders. First, approaches for preschool teachers to include children with developmental needs will be considered. Following that, the role of preschool management in developing a system for supporting inclusion will be explored. Finally, the collaboration between preschools and parents will be discussed.
With this approach, the importance of the broader ecological environment is emphasised but the limitations will also be considered. The talk will end with a short exploration of future directions for the development of inclusive practices within Singapore preschools.

Panel and Q&A
Forging a Compassionate Meritocracy for Children with Special Needs
by Moderator Dr. Denise Lai Chua and Panellists Dr. Majeed Khader, 
Mr. Norman Kee, Mrs. Shermaine Tang, Associate Professor Dr. Tan Ern Ser, Associate Professor Wong Meng Ee

In Singapore, meritocracy is widely regarded as a “core principle of governance… and close as anything gets to being a national ideology” (Low, 2014). However, this has led to problems such as the creation of an elite class and a wide socioeconomic gap between those who have achieved and those who presumably have not.

In response to these problems, local political leaders have suggested that Singapore might benefit from a more nuanced iteration of meritocracy. For instance, the notion of a “compassionate meritocracy” was first espoused in 2013 by then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong. It was recently mentioned again in June 2022 by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong at the Forward Singapore Exercise.

However, what does a “compassionate meritocracy” really mean and importantly, how might this benefit students with special needs? The accomplishments of these students will invariably differ from more traditional conceptions of merit. Furthermore, is it even possible for a meritocracy to be compassionate, and have we considered other alternatives (such as egalitarianism) sufficiently?

Join us at this panel discussion where we will hear from a group of thoughtful and experienced experts, teachers and parents on their views and perspectives of how we could begin to define an inclusive working model of a compassionate meritocracy for all Singapore students.


Break Out Sessions will take place in the afternoon from 1345 to 1700

Break Out A
Break Out Session A

These concurrent seminars and workshops will happen from 1345 - 1515


Understanding and Supporting Children with Special Needs: A Strengths-Based Approach by Dr Eunice Tan

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Getting to Know Art Therapy and Ways to Support Children's Learning in the Classroom by Ms Loh Wan Ting and Ms May Lim

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Promoting Young Children's Cognitive Development Through Mediating Learning by Dr. Lucy Pou

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Differentiating Early Years Curriculum for Children with Diverse Needs by Ms Jancy Chua 

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Using Embedded Instruction to Support Young Children’s Learning by Ms N. Kannigadevi and Ms. A. Susila

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融合教育理念与幼儿园华文教育环境创设 by Mr. James Ling

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Making Environment Inspiring through Visible Thinking Routines (Harvard's Project Zero) by Ms. Eileen Boey, Ms. Jenny Lim and Ms. Ramona Chan

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Break Out Session B

These concurrent seminars and workshops will happen from 1530 - 1700


Fostering Learning by Establishing Routines for Children and Caregivers by Ms. Choy Mian Yee

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Adopting the Co-Teaching Approach to Enhance Inclusive Practices in the Classroom by Ms. Tee Yi Zheng Yi

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Getting Acquainted with Universal Design for Learning by Ms. Esther Kwan and Ms. Jiayi Ng

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Teaching and Promoting Positive Learning Behaviours: an Evidence-Based Approach by Mrs. Jassica Ho, Ms. Nancy Neo and Mr. Weng Rong

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为有不同需求的儿童提供分别式的幼教课程 by Ms. Jancy Chua 蔡坦杏

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Keeping Preschool Kids Up to Sp(e)Ed: Social Inclusion in the Classroom by Ms. Nellyn Tan

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幼儿教育与早期干预之融合:为服务全体儿童的融合教育搭建平台 Blending EC and EI practices: A Framework for Inclusion of All Children by Dr. Xie Huichao 解慧超博士

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Break Out B
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