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Partnership for Student Success | "On-site ACS Athens Support Services"

Update: Another inspirational talk took place today, Thursday, November 9, 2017. More than 20 parents attended the session while Dr. Lamprou, Dr. Sax and Mrs. Perakis provided much needed information to all parents regarding the school's support services.

The Office of Student Affairs and the Learning Enhancement Programs present: 

Partnership for Student Success
Parents and Professionals Coming Together to Share and Learn Strategies to Empower Students

The ACS Athens IIC Learning Enhancement Program is proud to continue an initiative established to address parents' and educators' collective interest in the well-being and development of students. Parents and professionals are cordially invited to join "Partnership for Student Success", a series of presentations and forums that will provide the opportunity to share and learn strategies to empower student learners. Sessions will be scheduled monthly and will include a presentation on a topic related to promoting students' academic, emotional and social well-being followed by a discussion of the topic.

"On-site ACS Athens Support Services"

Our team support services; students overcome difficulties, nurture successful learning and support emotional and social needs.

When: Thursday, November 9 2017, 9:30 - 11:30 am

Where: ACS Athens Conference Center - Administration Building

Speakers: Dr. Yulla Lamprou, Chair of the Optimal Learning Program, JK-12
Dr. Alessandra Sax:JK-12 Counseling Psychologist
Mrs. Chris Perakis: Director Learning Enhancement Programs & Educational Diagnostic Testing Center

R.S.V.P. for each session to Ms. Vicky Koumbouni at

For more information contact Mrs. Chris Perakis, Director, IIC Learning Enhancement Programs, 2106070283, or Ms. Danai Papaioannou, Student Affairs Officer, 2106070227.

The establishment of the Student Affairs Wellness Center is founded on the premise that education, prevention and positive thinking kindles well-being within and without the perimeter of a school. It is a service that allows us to build a school environment that fosters holistic educational ideas. The purpose of this Center is to engage the students along with the community with practices that will promote individual wellness and consequently spread group wellness practices.

The Optimal Learning Program offers students with learning differences an opportunity to fully participate, contribute and excel in the classroom. Students who receive Optimal Learning services obtain the necessary accommodations that empower them reach their fullest academic potential. Through the support of students one on one, in class, with a shadow, with consultation and a variety of therapeutic services, we strengthen their academic abilities, emotional well-being and balance mind-body-heart in order for them to be successful in the school and at home.

The Educational & Diagnostic Testing Center strongly focuses on the ACS Athens holistic philosophy, whereby students are encouraged to realize their unique potential. Using a multidisciplinary approach, a team of diagnosticians evaluates individual strengths and weaknesses by conducting various psycho-educational assessments in order to obtain a comprehensive understanding of every child. Individualized recommendations for interventions and strategies are provided, depending on the child's individual learning style, in order to help them enhance overall functioning.

In this presentation, speakers will give an overview of the school’s services; focus on the importance of having a multidisciplinary team of professionals assessing children; highlight the best fit pathways of communication among teachers, specialists and parents and provide an outline of how the community can assist a student in adjusting his/her learning experience to meet his/her individual needs.

Dr. Panagiota (Yulla) Lamprou received her Ph.D. from Temple University in educational psychology with a focus on special needs, educational policy and leadership. She has been involved in the field of special needs in various professional roles for the last 18 years. Her undergraduate studies involved theater and drama as a path to understanding and teaching differences and during her master's degree she advanced her studies in the field of reading and writing difficulties.

Dr. Lamprou's international work experiences include: undergraduate and graduate lecturing in various universities and colleges (e.g. Temple University, LaSalle University in the USA, Metropolitan College of Athens, Greece) in educational psychology, special education, modern Greek language, qualitative research and writing, and supervision of thesis writing; Head of Student Support Services at the International Community School of London (ICS); policy consultant (most recently wrote the policy for autism accreditation of ICS by The National Autistic Society -NAS of London); scientific collaborator and consultant in research for the Ministry of Education in Athens; and independent consultant advising children and parents. Dr. Lamprou's experience ineducational leadership and teaching has offered her great insight and expertise on issues of diversity, inclusion and differentiation. She has trained teachers and support staff on the topics of inclusion and differentiation and has presented twice in the ACS Athens conference on differentiation strategies and learning styles. She is certified by the New York and Pennsylvania states for elementary education K-6 and special education K-12 and as a reading specialist by the state of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include: inclusive systems, how to change mentalities and perspectives to embrace differences, differentiation. She is a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the American Psychological Society (APA). Currently, she is also a visiting professor in the Department of Lifelong Learning leading seminars for graduate and postgraduate students as well as professionals.

Dr. Alessandra Sax holds a Bachelor's degree from Hampshire College (U.S.A.) in Psychology and Child Development. She graduated from New York University (U.S.A.) with a Clinical Master's degree in Clinical Social Work; Children, Adolescents and Adults. She has completed her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology and Supervision in Counselor Education at Argosy University (U.S.A.).

She has been a Psychology Lecturer of Child Psychology, Life-Span Development, Cultural Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Advanced Psychopathology, and Group & Music Therapy. Currently, she is an Adjunct Professor at the Hellenic American University in Athens, teaching graduate students of the Psychology Department. She is also a licensed psychotherapist who has been in private practice for over twenty years with children, adolescents and adults.

From September of 2006, she was working at ACS Athens Elementary as the Counselor for grades PK-5. Since 2011, Dr. Sax has been the coordinator of the Psychology Intern Program with the Department of Student Affairs. As of 2012-13, Dr. Sax has also been providing PK-12 school wide services as Counseling Psychologist, via the Wellness Center.

Dr. Sax also presents her work at Professional Conferences within the ACS Athens Community and throughout Europe and has published articles on her research interests and clinical work in the field. She currently is a member of the editorial board and peer reviewer of the American Journal of Applied Psychology and The International Journal of Elementary Education of SciencePG.

Mrs. Chris Perakis was raised in Newport, Rhode Island. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Elementary and Special Education from Salve Regina College and a Masters of Arts in Special Education from Lesley College. She is currently working on a post graduate degree on Improving Student Learning and Quality of Teaching in International Schools from Buffalo State SUNY University. Ms. Perakis holds several teaching certificates including certificates for teaching students with mild-moderate-severe learning differences and handicaps.

For ten years, she has co organized the ACS Athens Annual Learning Differences Conferences, a continuing effort to raise awareness on the subject of educating children with learning differences. Ms. Perakis has also served as a team member on the Committee of Institution-wide Accreditation of the Middle School Association of Colleges and School (MSA), and on the study and research group at John Hopkins University for bringing the CTY program to Greece.

Since 2010, Ms. Perakis has been selected to serve on The European Council of International Schools (ECIS) Special Education Needs (SEN) Committee. She is also the Vice President for the Professional Special Education Society in Greece, a founding member of the Hellenic Institute for Study and Research of Learning Disabilities and serving on the IB Special Education Needs (SEN) Committee, as well as, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Education committee for Learning Differences.

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