Every Child Conference 2nd edition Engage – Social and Emotional Learning

Italian methods of education have led the way in child-centered education which takes into account the child’s unique ideas, preferences, learning styles, characteristics, motivations, and interests. Italy was also the first country to adopt a single-track educational system focused on the full participation of all students irrespective of disability. Last year, Comites SF partnered with Early Days Autism Center to bring together a full day conference focused broadly on inclusion, early education and the young student with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

This year the Every Child Conference’s theme is ENGAGE and will concentrate on Italian education methods, inclusive practice, and social and emotional development.

The aim is to promote educational attainment and social inclusion of every single student through the core principles of inclusion: social interaction and social participation. Click here for further details.



8:30 – 9:30       Registration with Coffee & Pastries
9:30 – 9:45       Welcome from Irene Russo (Early Days Autism Center, University of Salerno) and
Francesca Morabito (Comites)
9:45 – 10:00     Welcome from Lorenzo Ortona (San Francisco Consul General of Italy)
10:00 – 10:15    Introduction to Every Child 2018 – Dr. Cynthia Zierhut (Early Days Autism Center)
10:15 – 10:30    Parents Experience by Katie and Zack Reyes

First Session: Research

Chair Dr. Bryna Siegel (Autism Center Northern California)
10:30 – 11:00    Keynote Speaker Jessica Feary (La Trobe University, Melbourne)
11:00 – 11:15    *Coffee Break
11:15 – 11:45     Keynote Speaker Prof. Mauro Cozzolino (University of Salerno)
11:45 – 12:15     Dr. Emanuela Zappala’ (University of Salerno)
12:15 – 1:30      *Lunch Break – Social Networking

Second Session: Education

Chair Mary Franklin (Center Joint Unified School District)
1:30 – 1:45        Parents Experience by Jennifer Solomon
1:45 – 2:15        Keynote Speaker Holly Wade (Cabrillo Unified School District)
2:15 – 2:45        Carmen Gamper (New Learning Culture)
2:45 – 3:00       *Coffee Break
3:00 – 3:30        Daniel Rechtschaffen (Mindful Education)
3:30 – 4:00        Doug Lerch (Seeds Of Awareness)
4:00 – 4:15        Closing – Dr. Cynthia Zierhut (Early Days Autism Center)
4:15 – 5:00        Large Group activity – Yamit Karabelnik (Early Days Autism Center)
5:00 – 5:30        Break
5:30 – 7:30       Social Event – Live performances, Italian food, silent auction, and raffle!

* Coffee Breaks and Lunch are offered

VENDOR EXHIBIT AREA: Schools and businesses can reserve a table to promote their products and activities. Please contact us

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


Tickets available on Eventbrite

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Location and parking

SFIAC directions

Parking garages nearby here


Invited Speakers

Click here to read the bio and abstract of our speakers.



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