Every Child Conference 2019 – 3rd Edition

Special Interest Group

Collaborative Channels: Engaging the Stakeholders

The Language and Culture Commission of Com.It.Es. San Francisco is proud to present the 3rd edition of Every Child Conference. 

Since 2017, Every Child annual conference aims to empower adults who surround our children on their role in children’s wellbeing within all areas of their growth and development, as well as to attest to the public’s growing awareness of Every Child’s basic rights. In the past two years, Comites SF partnered with Early Days Autism Center and Every Child to bring together two conferences focused on two different topics: child-centered approaches of education, and social and emotional development. 

This year, Every Child’s topic will be focused on “Collaborative Channels”. Communication is a two-way street that plays a key role in creating and fostering strong, positive relationships in the dialogue on inclusion between all the stakeholders: the world of research and the world of intervention, the community, the schools, and our homes.  The purpose of Every Child 2019 is to create a collaborative channel to guide, manage, and improve communication by offering a series of events to engage the community and disseminate the Every Child mission.



8:30 – 9:00      Registration open with Coffee & Pastries

9:00 – 9:10      Welcome from Francesca Morabito and Elisabetta  Ghisini, Comites

9:10 – 9:20      Welcome from Lorenzo Ortona, Consul General of Italy

9:20 – 9:30      Welcome from Irene Russo, Early Days Autism Center


9:30 – 11:30  First Session: Inclusive practice in early education; global and local efforts    

Chair Dr. Cynthia Zierhut Ursu, Early Days Autism Center  


Umesh Sharma (Professor, Monash University Melbourne)

How best to prepare teachers to include all learners? 


Paola Aiello (Professor, University of Salerno)

Rethinking Teacher Education to Improve levels of inclusion in Italian schools 


Michael Siller (Professor, Emory University)

The Preschool Education Lab at Marcus Autism Center: Inclusive Preschool Education for Children With and Without Autism


Kathy Wahl (Director, Santa Clara Office of Education)

Preschool Inclusion: The On-Ramp to Success for Children with Neurodiversity


Catherine Tsao (Doctor, WestEd)

Early Childhood Professional Development: Considerations, Challenges, and Lessons Learned from San Francisco’s QRIS           


11:30 – 11:45   Break           


11:45 – 1:20    Second Session: Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice for children with ASD

Chair Dr. Cynthia Zierhut Ursu, Early Days Autism Center


Annamaria Di Giorgio (Director, Italian Cultural Institute SF)


Lise Roll-Pettersson (Professor, Stockholm University)

Testing a competency-based model to improve implementation of evidence-based interventions in community-based preschools: Adaptions and experiences from Sweden


Brian Boyd (Professor, University of Kansas)

Bridging School and Home: Supporting Teachers and Parents of Children with ASD


Lindee Morgan (Professor, Emory University)

Application of SCERTS in the Inclusive Classroom Setting


Stephanie Shire (Professor, University of Oregon)

Supporting Social Communication Interventions in the Community: JASPER Deployment


Filomena Agrillo and Emanuela Zappala’ (Doctors, University of Salerno)

Implementation of the G-ESDM in an Italian preschool: teacher’s perspective 


1:20 – 1:30    Conclusions


CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE: teachers, therapists, and instructional assistants can receive a Certificate of Attendance in order to request professional development credits from their county.  


Conference Tickets 

Sales endedRegular40.00 USD
Sales endedEarly Bird - Sales end on Nov 15, 201920.00 USD
Your eTicket will be emailed after payment to your PayPal email address.




Location and parking

Club Fugazi – Italian Community Services Large Heritage Room, 3rd floor 678 Green Street San Francisco, CA 94133 directions Parking garages nearby here



Invited Speakers

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