Languages Department
Learning Differences Conference 2013

We are pleased to welcome you to the 9th Annual Conference on Learning Differences and INNOVATION SUMMIT, to be held on the campus of the American Community Schools of Athens, May 8-10, 2014. The theme of the conference is Teaching for Transformation: Empowering all Learners.

Each year we solicit the participation of leading educators from the US and around the world to join us as conference presenters, speakers and workshop leaders, offering us, as a community of educators and parents, an opportunity to reaffirm our belief that as unique individuals, we learn in different ways.

Thursday and Friday will be given over entirely to four intensive two-day institutes, each focused on one of the conference strands (Transformative Approaches to Teaching Second Language Learners with Learning Differences, Transformative Approaches to Working with Learners with ADD/ADHD, Empowering Creative and Confident Thinkers and Learners in Mathematics and Science, Unleashing Creativity and Deep Thinking through Cross-disciplinary Learning and Teaching.)  Participants may enroll in one two-day institute for an intensive, in-depth learning experience.

A new feature of the conference, the “Innovation Summit,” will take place on Saturday morning.   It will be organized as a series of 20-minute TED-style talks celebrating, promoting, championing, and predicting meaningful innovations in our schools and lives.  Small group breakout sessions will follow, during which audience members and speakers can follow-up on the themes raised in the talk, with a focus on the question: “What are the implications for teaching practice?

The rest of the day Saturday will be structured as a more typical workshop day, with participants free to choose from among the 16 individual sessions or three mini-institutes.   Practitioners from around the world will share best practice and current research, acknowledging that these differences can be a source of richness in the classroom, and that instruction must address these differences so that all students can succeed.

Participants may enroll in both the Institute and Saturday program, or in only the institute program, or only the Saturday program.

Our featured speaker comes to Athens from the Boston Museum of Science.  Dr. Ioannis N. Miaoulis is the museum’s President and Director and is the former Dean of the School of Engineering at Tufts University.  Dr. Miaoulis will speak on Thursday afternoon, at 4:30 pm, following the Institute session.  The title of his address, open to all conference participants, is “Transforming STEM Education: Introducing Engineering for All Students, K-12”. His talk will be followed by a wine & cheese reception.  For live viewing of the presentation, please see below.

ACS Athens is committed to implementing an inclusive, holistic American philosophy of education within an international setting.  This conference is testament to the school’s commitment to promoting life-long learning and to the professional development of the community of educators.  We hope that the conference presentations and workshops will challenge you to think, question, reconsider, wonder and experiment.

We wish you a productive and enjoyable weekend of learning and discovery.


Keynote Presentation by Dr. Ioannis N. Miaoulis

Transforming STEM Education: Introducing Engineering for All Students, K-12

Conference Co-Chairs

Chris Perakis Evloyia (Director, Learning Enhancement Programs)
Steve Medeiros (Dean, Institute for Innovation and Creativity)
John Papadakis (Director of Enrollment, Communications & Technology)
Peggy Pelonis (Dean, Student Affairs)

Melina Vassiliadis
Conference Coordinator


*The Institute for Innovation and Creativity is an initiative of ACS Athens.   


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