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Dr. Peggy Pelonis, Thesis, March 13, 2017

Dear colleagues,

It is a great pleasure to announce that Dr. Peggy Pelonis has successfully completed all the requirements and received her Doctoral Degree in Education from the University of Bath.

The title of the doctoral thesis is

"The Administrator Role in Professional Development in International Schools: Perspectives on Planning, Implementing, Evaluating and Resourcing"

The research involved more than 100 international schools around the world and is providing significant findings, which will potentially help international schools in their commitment to offer the best possible professional development for faculty and staff.

In addition, the thesis will be available in our Library for anyone who is interested on this topic.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Pelonis.

The thesis abstract follows below.

The Administrator Role in Professional Development in International Schools: Perspectives on Planning, Implementing, Evaluating and Resourcing

Peggy Paraskevi Pelonis Peneros
A thesis submitted for the degree of Doctor of Education
University of Bath Department of Education
January 2017


Existing research shows the importance of teacher professional development and that decisions regarding professional development in schools lie with administrators.  However, while studies have been conducted on the need for administrators fostering professional development in schools in the USA, there appears to be limited research on administrator views of professional development in international school environments.

The purpose of this study was to consider views of administrators in international schools regarding professional development activities.  Using a mixed methods sequential explanatory design, a questionnaire followed by in-depth interviews, data was collected from a convenience and purposive sample of administrators from international schools in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East so as to explore and provide answers to the main research question:  “What are the views of administrators on how professional development is planned, implemented, evaluated and resourced in international schools?”

Findings from quantitative data indicated strong agreement that administrators should work collaboratively with teachers to determine the professional development needs of the school and that teachers should be involved in assessing professional development effectiveness.  Analysis of qualitative data indicated the following themes: teachers are sent to conferences/workshops for professional development or content experts are brought to the school; decisions about professional development should align with school goals; professional development needs should be determined by teachers and administrators collaboratively; there are no significant professional development evaluation processes in place; 2% of the budget is standard allocation in schools for professional development and school boards approve the budget while administrators decide on allocation.  By addressing the study’s purpose, this research seeks to contribute to the larger conversation on how administrator views on professional development in international schools can add knowledge to the limited research on effective avenues to professional development in the international school context.


NHS "Duck Race" Charity Event, Feb. 23, 2017

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The National Honor Society (NHS), a group of high achieving Academy students recognized by their service, leadership and character, organized the first ever ACS Athens Duck Race on Feb. 23, 2017.

Students, teachers and Elementary School classes donated money to 'sponsor' a duck to win the race, as rubber ducks were thrown to slide in a tarp from the administration building.  Dozens of students were waiting at the other end of the tarp to grab and inspect the ducks...

All the proceeds from this event were donated to Kivotos tou Kosmou charity, over € 500.


2nd Literacy Festival, Feb. 22 2017


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The Wonderful World of Words
ACS Athens Literacy Festival!
Wednesday February 22, 2017
Capture our Imagination
Shock our Senses
Shatter our Stereotypes
Create our Stories
Connect our Cultures
Convince our Peers

Dear Students, Parents and Faculty:

Come celebrate the wonderful world of words at the 2nd Annual ACS Athens Literacy Festival.  The Festival will take place on Wednesday, February 22th after school from 16:00 to 18:00.

This event was created to showcase students’ learning across the curriculum.   Students have been invited to participate in presentations in all subject areas from Science to Social Studies, Language Arts to Music, and everything in between.  The Literacy Festival gives the students a chance to present what they do and how they express what they have learned because they use words in all disciplines.  We encourage our students to explore their interests in reading and writing through different activities.

The Literacy Festival will be held in these campus locations :

Elementary School:  In the Elementary School building: Cafeteria, Library, Computer Lab, Ms. Rovoli's Rm (2nd floor), Ms. Birbil's Rm. (ground fl.), Art Rm. (ground fl.)
Middle School:  Atrium (stations 1, 2, 3) and Lobby (stations 4, 5, 6) of the Theater at ACS Athens
Academy:  Hasib J. Sabbagh Library (main library)

Also in campus, we welcome Lexikopoleio Bookstore which will be here (in Main Cafeteria) with a selection of books for sale as well as various activities for learners of all ages.

  Detailed Schedule of Activities (Please view or download below...)

We look forward to seeing you there in support of our students’ great efforts!


ACS Athens - Celebrating Student Cultural Diversity! 

Chinese New Year - Rooster

You are invited on Tuesday, February 21 at 4:00pm in the Theater at ACS Athens to Celebrate Student Cultural Diversity at ACS Athens and to become more acquainted with Chinese culture and civilization.

We will take a journey into the history and culture of China as presented by our students’ performances on stage and an Exhibition of posters and Presentations in the Atrium.

We are also going to celebrate the Chinese New Year – the Year of the Rooster – which for 2017 fell on January 28, and is considered the most important traditional Chinese holiday of the year.

This event has been organized through a collaboration of Chinese students and students in Chinese classes at ACS Athens.

A reception will follow the show at 5:00pm in the Atrium.


Media on Widener University Partnership, January 2017

Widener University Agreement Signing

The global news portal "Public", recently reported on the signing of the partnership between ACS Athens, Pinewood American International School and Widener University.

The article New Agreement Creates Path For Greece-Based High School Students To Study At Widener, stresses the importance and benefits of this agreement for the schools and outlines the different elements of the partnership, briefly:

  • Graduating seniors study opportunities at Widener
  • Summer programs in leadership and engineering for high school juniors
  • Collaboration for students who come to Widener for bachelor's and master's degrees through the School of Business Administration and School of Engineering