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Learning Differences Conference 2013

 

Below is the list of presenters for the conference.  The speakers are grouped depending on their type of presentation, ie.  Institutes or Workshops...

 

Institutes Presenters

Institutes (taking place on May 3rd and 4th, 2012.)
(in alphabetical order by presenter's last name)

 

Castleberry, Michael S., Ed.D.   Programming From Developmental Assessment Information

Professor of Special Education
George Washington University, Washington DC,
USA

Michael Castleberry is Professor of Special Education at the George Washington University, Washington DC.  He has been at the university since 1971 working first in undergraduate special education and, since 1974, in post-graduate and doctoral education.  During his career he has seen the advance of assessment and programming for special needs populations, spurred by the 1975 PL-94142 that guaranteed rights to children and parents for access to education services; he has also seen the backlash to the provision of services as costs and lack of qualified personnel caused significant educational and legal complications.  The result of this backlash was a dramatic increase in inclusion programs, noble for the intent of servicing special needs children in regular settings but often resulting in a lack of individual programming for the child with a different learning need.

Despite advances in curriculum development, from both an instructional as well as a theoretical framework, e.g. Phonographix as a reading approach, Differentiated Instruction as a theoretical approach, the march toward national assessments as the only indicator of instructional gains in U.S. schools has greatly slowed the ability to provide instruction that works for a specific child. Dr. Castleberry’s work and presentations have focused on these themes for the past two decades. His work has taken him to four continents and he remains committed to children and families who require more specialized educational approaches in order for the child to be successful.

 

Craig , Sarah Crowther, M.Ed.   "Let me Show You the World Through My Eyes" - Understanding our Students and Implementing Intentional Differentiation

Director, Non-Degree Programs,
Smith College, MA,
USA

Sarah (Crowther) Craig has been working with college students with learning difficulties for the past seven years.   She started her career at Landmark College in Putney, VT, then ended up at a small college in Missouri, at Culver-Stockton College, where she was the Director of Student Success and First Year Seminar.  Now, Sarah is back in her hometown of Northampton, MA and is working at Smith College as the Director of Non-Degree Programs.

Sarah is extremely dedicated to improving the transition to college for all students, as well as improving the classroom experience.  Sarah has presented at many domestic and international conferences on these topics, including the annual ECIS conference, National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) regional and national conferences, and the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) national conference.  This is Sarah’s second time presenting at ACS, and she is thrilled to be back!

Sarah's work at Smith College is aimed at creating precollege summer programs that prepare promising young women for rigorous academics in higher education.  Sarah works to create access for all young women interested in pursuing postsecondary studies.   She lives in Easthampton, Massachusetts with her husband Ben, their fabulous daughter, Talia, and a loving mutt, named Wylie.

 

Nicoll, William G., Ph.D.   Teaching Resilience in our Classrooms: Returning the missing 4th ‘R’ to education

Professor of Counseling
Florida Atlantic University; College of Education, Florida,
USA

Dr. William Nicoll is a Professor in the Department of Counselor Educator, College of Education, Florida Atlantic University.  Dr Nicoll formerly served as Department Chair on the main campus in Boca Raton and is now involved in the development and implementation of an innovative graduate counseling program (online and modular courses) for FAU’s new, north campus on Florida’s Treasure Coast.  Among his accomplishments while serving as Department Chair, Dr. Nicoll designed and obtained approval for the new Ph.D. program in Counselor Education, created an in-house community counseling center, aligned the department’s curriculum to obtain national accreditation (CACREP, approved 2005), established the Rehabilitation Counseling program track, established several international collaboration agreements, and was directly responsible for bringing in approximately $2 million in training and research grant funds for the department.

Dr. Nicoll received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Arizona, M.Ed. from Boston University and B.A. from the University of New Hampshire.  Dr. Nicoll’s professional background includes working as a therapist specializing in individual and family therapy with experience in community agency, correctional and private practice settings.  He served for many years as the national trainer in Brief Counseling and Therapy for the American Counseling Association’s national professional development program.  Dr. Nicoll‘s professional background in education includes serving as a classroom teacher, special education teacher (EH and LD), school counselor/school psychologist and teacher association president (international school).  He has worked in both U.S. public schools and international schools.  Dr. Nicoll also serves as Director of the Adlerian Training Institute, Inc. which provides professional development programs for both mental health and education professionals in locations around the world.  He also provides Parent Coaching and Effective Parenting Seminars in St Lucie West, Fl. as well as consulting, training and supervision services for educators and counselors worldwide.  He is a past vice-president of the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology and past- president of the Ohio Counseling Association.  Dr. Nicoll also serves as a consultant and trainer for the U.S. Dept of State Office of Overseas Schools helping parents, students and teachers cope with issues faced by international families in the successful adaptation to the international lifestyle and its unique stressors.

Dr. Nicoll is internationally known for his work in the areas of brief counseling and therapy, family counseling, developing resilient youth, bullying preventions, and characteristics of effective school, classroom and family environments.  He has trained professionals throughout the world in the skills of brief counseling and therapy, family therapy, positive classroom behavior management, bullying and social aggression, strategies for improving home/school collaboration, fostering resilience/social competence in youth, and creating healthy, effective and supportive home, classroom and school environments.  He has served in a variety of leadership positions in the counseling and education fields at the local, state, national and international levels.  Dr. Nicoll is the author of numerous articles and book chapters in professional journals and texts.

Dr. Bill Nicoll is a well known speaker and consultant to mental health professionals, educators, and parents around the world.  He has presented over 400 lectures and workshops throughout North America and in numerous countries throughout Africa, S. America, Asia and Europe.  He has been involved with several international projects including the establishment of the first training program in school & family counseling services in Russia, educational exchange programs with several foreign universities, and coordinating professional development programs for educators and counselors nationally and internationally.  Dr. Nicoll has received several professional honors including those for Outstanding Graduate Teaching, Distinguished Professional Service, NASAP President’s Award for professional achievement, FAU Faculty induction to Phi Kappa Phi, and was awarded the title of Honored Professor by St. Petersburg State University of Pedagogical Arts, Russia.

 

Wallace, Patricia, Ph.D.   Identifying and Nurturing Gifted "Digital Natives"

Senior Director, CTYOnline and Information Technology
Johns Hopkins University Center of Talented Youth, MD,
USA

Dr. Patricia Wallace is Senior Director,  CTYOnline and Information Technology at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. She heads the rapidly growing online learning program for gifted students, which now has more than 11,000 enrollments per year in math, computer science, biology, chemistry, physics, writing, language arts, and other subjects. She is also the principal investigator for Cogito.org, CTY’s award-winning website and online community of gifted students around the world who are interested in math and science.

Dr. Wallace’s research and writing focus on the role of emerging technologies for learning, especially among high ability students, and their impact on behavior.  Her recent research, for example, deals with the changing learning styles of gifted “digital natives,” and how they adapt to online learning, mobile phones, and other technologies that support learning and communications.

She has published nine books, many articles, and several educational software programs. Books include The Psychology of the Internet (Cambridge University Press), which has now been translated into nine other languages. Wallace holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, and also holds an M.S. in Computer Systems Management.

 

Workshops Presenters

Innovation Lecture and Workshops (taking place on May 5th, 2012.)

Please note that a session marked with ** means that it will be held in the Greek language

(in alphabetical order by presenter's last name)

 

Brown, Katrina J., MA in Special Education    D.R.I.V.E. Differentiation (Develop relative, innovative, valuable, & exciting learning opportunities)

Academic Support Specialist
American Embassy School, New Delhi,
India

Katrina J. Brown has been an educator in the field of education for fourteen years with extensive training in teaching students who have learning disabilities and emotional disturbances. Her expertise in the field has granted her the opportunity to work with the United States Health and Human Service Department, Middle States Accreditation, National Evaluation Systems, and Educational Testing Services. Katrina believes that the educational environment needs to facilitate an environment that allows educators to be creative in addressing the ever-changing needs of the student and the learning styles they possess.

She has presented workshops on differentiation with the infusion of critical inquiry to teachers through the lens of attainment and administration through the lens of encouragement and support to teachers.

 

Castleberry, Michael S., Ed.D.   Programming From Developmental Assessment Information

Professor of Special Education
George Washington University, Washington DC,
USA

Michael Castleberry is Professor of Special Education at the George Washington University, Washington DC.  He has been at the university since 1971 working first in undergraduate special education and, since 1974, in post-graduate and doctoral education.  During his career he has seen the advance of assessment and programming for special needs populations, spurred by the 1975 PL-94142 that guaranteed rights to children and parents for access to education services; he has also seen the backlash to the provision of services as costs and lack of qualified personnel caused significant educational and legal complications.  The result of this backlash was a dramatic increase in inclusion programs, noble for the intent of servicing special needs children in regular settings but often resulting in a lack of individual programming for the child with a different learning need.

Despite advances in curriculum development, from both an instructional as well as a theoretical framework, e.g. Phonographix as a reading approach, Differentiated Instruction as a theoretical approach, the march toward national assessments as the only indicator of instructional gains in U.S. schools has greatly slowed the ability to provide instruction that works for a specific child. Dr. Castleberry’s work and presentations have focused on these themes for the past two decades. His work has taken him to four continents and he remains committed to children and families who require more specialized educational approaches in order for the child to be successful.

 

Craig , Sarah Crowther, M.Ed.    Emotional Transitions: Making the Switch from the Familiar to the New

Director, Non-Degree Programs,
Smith College, MA,
USA

Sarah (Crowther) Craig has been working with college students with learning difficulties for the past seven years.   She started her career at Landmark College in Putney, VT, then ended up at a small college in Missouri, at Culver-Stockton College, where she was the Director of Student Success and First Year Seminar.  Now, Sarah is back in her hometown of Northampton, MA and is working at Smith College as the Director of Non-Degree Programs.

Sarah is extremely dedicated to improving the transition to college for all students, as well as improving the classroom experience.  Sarah has presented at many domestic and international conferences on these topics, including the annual ECIS conference, National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) regional and national conferences, and the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) national conference.  This is Sarah’s second time presenting at ACS, and she is thrilled to be back!

Sarah's work at Smith College is aimed at creating precollege summer programs that prepare promising young women for rigorous academics in higher education.  Sarah works to create access for all young women interested in pursuing postsecondary studies.   She lives in Easthampton, Massachusetts with her husband Ben, their fabulous daughter, Talia, and a loving mutt, named Wylie.

 

Entine, Sarah, MSc., USA    Read Me Differently (Film screening)

Documentary Filmmaker and Producer
USA

Sarah Entine is a first-time documentary film producer and director.  Originally diagnosed with dyslexia in 1978, she only fully comprehended her disability at age 29.

A graduate from Grinnell College, she earned a Master’s in Social Work and has practiced Insight Meditation (Vipassana) since 1998. An accomplished floral designer, she has worked in both Boston and San Francisco.

Currently, Entine is a mindful learning consultant offering workshops, presentations and individual support.

 

Horafas, Katherine, OTR/L, USA & Greece    Improving Attention & Strength: Classroom Sensory Activities for Elementary School Teachers

Licensed Occupational Therapist
Director of Artimelia Ltd, Specializing in Neurological Rehabilitation
Greece

Katherine Horafas graduated magna cum laude from New York University with a BSc in Occupational Therapy (OT) in 1995.  She worked as an OT in rehabilitation departments specializing in adult and pediatric neurological rehabilitation, including Helen Hayes Hospital, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation.  Since moving to Greece in 1998, she has been working in private practice and has committed a large part of her professional efforts to promoting new techniques for the advancement of upper extremity neurorehabilitation.  Her continuing professional education in various methods of neurorehabilitation (NDT, PNF, Motor Control, Motor Relearning, etc.) and pediatric rehabilitation (Sensory Integration Theory, management of various developmental disorders, etc.) has been constant.  In 2004, Ms. Horafas became certified as the European Instructor for the FTM Arm Training Program and since then has been responsible for the Intensive FTM Therapy Clinical Programs in Greece.  She is considered an FTM expert and was the first to apply it in the pediatric population.

She is currently director of Artimelia Ltd, OT Services and has been providing school-based OT services to referred students of ACS. Along with numerous professional presentations in medical, occupational and physical therapy conferences, she also coordinates studies involving FTM Arm Training in Greece.

 

Jones, Beryl Christiana, BSc.    Assessing and Determining Intervention Practices for Low Functioning Students on the Autistic Spectrum, in Special School or Inclusive Education Setting

Speech and Language Therapist
International Community School, London
United Kingdom

Beryl Jones is a specialised Speech and Language Therapist.  Beryl obtained her BSc (Hons) degree in Speech and Language Therapy from the University of Reading in 2007.  Her training experience includes working within Special schools, language centres and also Mainstream schools with Inclusion provision.

Beryl is a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, Health Professional Council, London Autism Special Interest Group and London Bilingualism Specific Interest Group.

Beryl has a passion for making learning interesting, fun and accessible.  Working within a multi-disciplinary setting Beryl's role is to facilitate the understanding and exchange of language within social and academic communication settings.  This includes opportunity for training staff to better understand the comprehension and communication profiles of their students and how to support their learning. Beryl continues to develop her professional practice by attending specialist training sessions.  Beryl's areas of clinical expertise include: Special education needs, autism spectrum, global developmental delay, PECS, Makaton, Intensive Interaction, social stories, bilingualism and Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) including Voice Output Communication Aids (VOCA).

Beryl is originally from Sierra Leone, lived in Germany for 12 years and has worked in the UK across a variety of culturally diverse social and education settings.

Beryl has been working at the International Community School (ICS), London, since 2010.  ICS is one of few International Baccalaureate Schools (Primary and Secondary school settings) that provides inclusive education and specialist teaching for individuals with special educational needs including students with global developmental delay and students on the autism spectrum.

 

Karagiannakis, Giannis, N., Cand. Dr. Special Education   Στρατηγικές παρέμβασης για μια ομαλή μετάβαση από το Δημοτικό στο Γυμνάσιο για μαθητές με Μαθησιακές Δυσκολίες στα Μαθηματικά (Intervention strategies for Mathematical Learning Difficulties (MLD) for a proper passing from primary to secondary education) **

Fellow researcher at the Scientific Centre of Psycho-physiology & Education,
Board Director European Dyslexia Association,
Scientific Centre of Psycho-physiology & Education, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens,
Greece

He is a fellow researcher at the Scientific Centre of Psycho-physiology & Education of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA).  He is also a candidate doctor in the sector of Special Education and Psychology of the Pedagogical of NKUA.  His inquiring interest is directed in the scientific fields of Mathematical Learning Difficulties (MLD).  He holds a M.Ed. in Didactics of Mathematics from the Mathematical Department of the NKUA and the Degree of Mathematics from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki.  Moreover, he possesses a scholarship on the Program of training professionals: "Differentiating Instruction and Team Teaching in Mathematics & Literacy" of Graduate School of Education of Harvard University.  He has carried out many publications in printed as well as in electronic scientific magazines relevant to his scientific interests.

He is CEO of Hellenic Dyslexia Association and board member of the European Dyslexia Association (EDA).  He is participating in the following European research projects related to learning disabilities: DYSSpeLD (2011-2013), as a representative of NKUA, "EUPALT" (2011 - 2013), as representative of the EDA.  He is also participating in the NSRF (2007-2013): "Evaluation of structures of Special Education", conducted by the NKUA.  During the last years, he has been participating as a presenter in Greek and international conferences and circles of seminars in the frame of his collaboration with NKUA and other European educational organisms.  He has multiannual experience in assessment, planning and application of individualized programs of intervention in Mathematics for students with MLD of elementary and secondary education as well as in supervision of other teachers.

 

Katsanos, Theofanis, MS    Στρατηγικές διαμόρφωσης κουλτούρας συνεργασίας μεταξύ των εκπαιδευτικών στο πλαίσιο του δημόσιου σχολείου (Strategies for Establishing a Cooperative Environment Among In-service Public School Teachers in Greece) **

Educator
Junior High School and Lyceum of Gennadi, Rhodes
Greece

Theofanis Katsanos earned a B.A., in English Language and Literature from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an M.Sc. in Communication and Information Sciences and Technologies, specializing in Modern Languages & Didactics, from the Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Programme at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.  He is working towards an M.A. in Modern Learning Environments and Educational Materials Design from the University of Thessaly.  He has also completed a Teachers Professional Development Program at George Mason University as a Fulbright scholar.

Currently a public school teacher, adult educator and teacher trainer, Mr. Katsanos has gained invaluable teaching experience in diverse education settings.  As a researcher, he has presented his work at several conferences and has led seminars and workshops in teaching and learning for teachers and trainers all over Greece.

 

Koester, Liane R., M.Ed    Strategies for Working with ELL

Ras Tanura Elementary ELL Specialist
Saudi Aramco Schools
Saudi Arabia

Liane Koester has been teaching in various locales; Washington State, Hong Kong, and currently in Saudi Arabia.  Her teaching experience has involved grades K-6 in a variety of capacities.  She has had the opportunity to work as a classroom teacher, as a Reading Specialist, a district ELL Consulting Teacher, and an ELL Specialist.  Her background as an ELL Specialist involves trainings in SIOP, GLAD, Path to Proficiency, Write from the Beginning, and Thinking Maps, of which she is a trainer.  She holds a M.Ed and an ELL endorsement.

 

 

 

 

Koester, Phillip    Bullying/Harassment in the schools: Systemic Approaches that Help Students

Ras Tanura Elementary ELL Specialist
Saudi Aramco Schools
Saudi Arabia

Phillip Koester is a nationally certified school psychologist/counselor who has alternated between school psychology and counseling positions (K-12) since first starting in 1982.  He is also reality therapy certified in choice theory by the William Glasser institute.  He has worked both in public schools (USA) and international schools (Hong Kong International School and Saudi Aramco Schools).  Over these many years he has created many systemic programs that have helped students with their motivation, thinking, behavior and social skills.  Phil has created and continuously improved several peer mediation programs, collected research on their effectiveness and trained entire student bodies (one class at a time) on the issues related to harassment/Bullying.  Programs he started eventually grew to other schools.

Phil has held numerous professional leadership positions at the State level e.g. President of the Washington State Association of School Psychologists, Ethics chair etc., taught several university courses, and presented at numerous regional, state and national conferences.

 

Kontomitrou, Maria, OTR/L, Greece    Improving Attention & Strength: Classroom Sensory Activities for Elementary School Teachers

Licensed Occupational Therapist
OT, Pediatric Developmental Center of Piraeus
Greece

Maria Kontomitrou graduated with honors from the Occupation Therapy School of Greece (TEI E/Θ) in 2003.  Working at the Central Occupational Therapy (OT) Services of the Municipality of Herakleio, Attikis but also as a private homecare therapist, her specialization in neurological rehabilitation has been constant.  In 2006, she acquired the title of advanced PNF therapist and also completed her specialization training in the FTM Arm Training Program and became certified as an FTM instructor.  Since 2008, Ms. Kontomitrou has worked as a staff occupational therapist at the Pediatric Developmental Center of Piraeus and her professional continuing education since then has focused on pediatrics: PNF 4 (PNF in pediatrics), Sensory Integration Theory modules and seminars focusing on developmental disorders.

Also noteworthy are her publications in the Hellenic Association of Ergotherapists (ΣΕΕ) professional journal, along with numerous presentations at occupational and physical therapy conferences in Greece and Europe.

 

Kostogiannis, Chrysoula, Ph.D.    Brief Rational Emotive & Cognitive Behavioral Counseling in the Schools (for Parents and Teachers)

Psychologist, Scientific Director
Hellenic Institute for rational Emotive & cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Greece

Chrysoula Kostogiannis, Ph.D. is the Scientific Director of the Hellenic Institute for Rational Emotive & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Athens, Greece.  She is a clinical and school psychologist with over 17 years of experience working with children and adolescents, parents and families, as well as teachers.  Dr. Kostogiannis specializes in educational assessment, diagnosis and treatment of emotional (anger, anxiety, depression) and behavioral problems (conduct difficulties, procrastination).

 

 

Nelson, Dave, M.Ed.    10+ Practical Ways to Motivate Learners

Educator
ACS Athens, Athens
Greece

Dave Nelson has been teaching in the Social Studies department at the American Community Schools of Athens since 2000. Prior to teaching in Athens, he taught for twelve years in secondary schools in the Oregon, USA.

Mr. Nelson has a Master of Arts in Education from Western Oregon State University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Pacific University. He specializes in Cold War studies, American history and sociology. He teaches American Studies, IB History, Theory of Knowledge, and has vast experience with curriculum design.

Additionally Mr. Nelson is the ACS Representative to the NESA organization, he has coached Cross Country for the past twenty years, and is an advisor of the Model United Nations. He enjoys frequent travel, snowboarding, and running.

 

Nicoll, William G., Ph.D.    Translating the Research into Practice: What you don't know can hurt your students!

Professor of Counseling
Florida Atlantic University; College of Education, Florida,
USA

Dr. William Nicoll is a Professor in the Department of Counselor Educator, College of Education, Florida Atlantic University.  Dr Nicoll formerly served as Department Chair on the main campus in Boca Raton and is now involved in the development and implementation of an innovative graduate counseling program (online and modular courses) for FAU’s new, north campus on Florida’s Treasure Coast.  Among his accomplishments while serving as Department Chair, Dr. Nicoll designed and obtained approval for the new Ph.D. program in Counselor Education, created an in-house community counseling center, aligned the department’s curriculum to obtain national accreditation (CACREP, approved 2005), established the Rehabilitation Counseling program track, established several international collaboration agreements, and was directly responsible for bringing in approximately $2 million in training and research grant funds for the department.

Dr. Nicoll received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Arizona, M.Ed. from Boston University and B.A. from the University of New Hampshire.  Dr. Nicoll’s professional background includes working as a therapist specializing in individual and family therapy with experience in community agency, correctional and private practice settings.  He served for many years as the national trainer in Brief Counseling and Therapy for the American Counseling Association’s national professional development program.  Dr. Nicoll‘s professional background in education includes serving as a classroom teacher, special education teacher (EH and LD), school counselor/school psychologist and teacher association president (international school).  He has worked in both U.S. public schools and international schools.  Dr. Nicoll also serves as Director of the Adlerian Training Institute, Inc. which provides professional development programs for both mental health and education professionals in locations around the world.  He also provides Parent Coaching and Effective Parenting Seminars in St Lucie West, Fl. as well as consulting, training and supervision services for educators and counselors worldwide.  He is a past vice-president of the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology and past- president of the Ohio Counseling Association.  Dr. Nicoll also serves as a consultant and trainer for the U.S. Dept of State Office of Overseas Schools helping parents, students and teachers cope with issues faced by international families in the successful adaptation to the international lifestyle and its unique stressors.

Dr. Nicoll is internationally known for his work in the areas of brief counseling and therapy, family counseling, developing resilient youth, bullying preventions, and characteristics of effective school, classroom and family environments.  He has trained professionals throughout the world in the skills of brief counseling and therapy, family therapy, positive classroom behavior management, bullying and social aggression, strategies for improving home/school collaboration, fostering resilience/social competence in youth, and creating healthy, effective and supportive home, classroom and school environments.  He has served in a variety of leadership positions in the counseling and education fields at the local, state, national and international levels.  Dr. Nicoll is the author of numerous articles and book chapters in professional journals and texts.

Dr. Bill Nicoll is a well known speaker and consultant to mental health professionals, educators, and parents around the world.  He has presented over 400 lectures and workshops throughout North America and in numerous countries throughout Africa, S. America, Asia and Europe.  He has been involved with several international projects including the establishment of the first training program in school & family counseling services in Russia, educational exchange programs with several foreign universities, and coordinating professional development programs for educators and counselors nationally and internationally.  Dr. Nicoll has received several professional honors including those for Outstanding Graduate Teaching, Distinguished Professional Service, NASAP President’s Award for professional achievement, FAU Faculty induction to Phi Kappa Phi, and was awarded the title of Honored Professor by St. Petersburg State University of Pedagogical Arts, Russia.

 

Papadopoulou, Theodora, Ph.D.    Promoting Inclusion in the Mainstream Through Art

Director of the Special Education Department
New York College,
Greece

Ph.D. in Cognitive Sciences and Psychology, New Bulgarian University, Sofia, 2010.
The title of her dissertation is entitled "The concept of prototype and family resemblance in Cognitive Semantics. Experimental Study".
Theodora Papadopoulou studied English Literature at South-West University Neofit Rilsky in Bulgaria where she was awarded a BA and MA in English Literature.  She also holds a MSc in Speech Pathology awarded from the New Bulgarian University in Sofia.  She continued her research in memory nets and cognitive models at S.W.U Neofit Rilsky but she concluded her PhD at N.B.U, Sofia.

She has also specialised in Special Education and she holds a certificate from the Kapodistrian University of Athens after completing a one-year specialisation which involved research work as well.  She also holds a certificate in Intercultural Education from the University of Ioannina, Greece.  Her dissertation was in Racism.  Before joining New York College in 2008, she was a Coordinator of Special Education Courses designed for teachers and psychologists and an E.F.L teacher.

Theodora Papadopoulou has also been working as a teacher trainer and has conducted numerous seminars and lectures in Greece and Europe. She has participated in International and European Congresses and is an active member of the research community of N.B.U.  In addition, she holds a Q.T.S from UK and is registered at G.T.C in England.

She is a Director of the Special Education Department at New York College and an affiliate lecturer at B.A and M.A programs - University of Greenwich.  She is also a lecturer at the MPhil/Innovation - University of Bolton, UK.  She believes in life-long learning and in the inalienable right of every individual to be taught in a welcoming and fruitful environment that will help him/her develop his/her abilities.

 

Pupovac, Eli, M.Ed.    10+ Practical Ways to Motivate Learners

Educator
ACS Athens, Athens
Greece

Eli Pupovac grew up in Wheaton, Illinois a suburb of Chicago. He earned his B.A. in Secondary Education/History at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota and completed his M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Mr. Pupovac has taught high school social studies in Colombia, South America and in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Pupovac participated in Indiana University’s Teaching About Asia Program. In this experience he designed curriculum for their program and took part in a travel study to China with a cohort of educators.

This past summer Mr. Pupovac co-led the ACS Summer Leadership Institute traveling with twelve students to Washington D.C. and Richmond, Virginia. Currently he is teaching Leadership, Theory of Knowledge, and American Studies in the ACS Athens Academy.

 

Swisher, Megan, J., Ph.D.   Innovations Lecture - Response to Intervention

Argosy University Online Programs
College of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences
Assistant Professor

Dr. Megan Swisher is a Licensed Psychologist, a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology and a Certified Special Education Teacher with 22 years of experience in public education.  After completing her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Stephen F. Austin State University, Dr. Swisher completed her doctoral degree at Texas Woman’s University majoring in school psychology and minoring in neuropsychology.  During her professional career she has been a lead special education teacher, a psychological consultant, and a school psychologist at an APA accredited pre-doctoral internship site. Currently, Dr. Swisher is an assistant professor with Argosy University where she serves as full-time faculty with Argosy University Online and adjunct faculty with Argosy University - Sarasota and Argosy National.

 

 

Walker, Tamyra, BSc.    Filling in the Gaps with Technology

Middle School Math Teacher
ACS Athens, Athens,
Greece

Tamyra Walker is a dynamic educator who has a passion for teaching mathematics.  Ms. Walker has been teaching for 6 years, and has taught grades 1- 8.  She is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C. and is currently pursuing her masters in Mathematics Teaching and Learning at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.  She holds certifications as a Early Childhood - 4th grade Generalist, 4th - 8th grade Generalist, 4th - 8th grade Mathematics and ESL.

During her career, Ms. Walker has acted as a teacher leader and as a math instructional coach in Dallas, TX and its surrounding areas.  As a result, she has participated in and even led various professional developments on effective math instruction.  Due to her study of best practices in math education, Ms. Walker believes in a conceptual approach to teaching mathematics.  This approach ensures that students not only learn how to work with the numbers but also when to apply what they know about math procedures.  Her classroom experience includes a broad range of learners with all types of backgrounds.  Her methods of instruction include technology, hands - on activities, models, and problem oriented explorations.

 

Wallace, Patricia, Ph.D.    Gifted Education Strategies for 21st Century Students: An Overview

Senior Director, CTYOnline and Information Technology
Johns Hopkins University Center of Talented Youth, MD,
USA

Dr. Patricia Wallace is Senior Director,  CTYOnline and Information Technology at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. She heads the rapidly growing online learning program for gifted students, which now has more than 11,000 enrollments per year in math, computer science, biology, chemistry, physics, writing, language arts, and other subjects. She is also the principal investigator for Cogito.org, CTY’s award-winning website and online community of gifted students around the world who are interested in math and science.

Dr. Wallace’s research and writing focus on the role of emerging technologies for learning, especially among high ability students, and their impact on behavior.  Her recent research, for example, deals with the changing learning styles of gifted “digital natives,” and how they adapt to online learning, mobile phones, and other technologies that support learning and communications.

She has published nine books, many articles, and several educational software programs. Books include The Psychology of the Internet (Cambridge University Press), which has now been translated into nine other languages. Wallace holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, and also holds an M.S. in Computer Systems Management.