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Learning Differences Conference 2013

ACS Athens Welcomes You!

Dr Stefanos Gialamas Dear Visitors and Friends of ACS Athens:

I would like to welcome all of you to an exciting academic year, full of innovative approaches in Teaching and Learning.

Over the past eight years, we have accomplished significant goals during more prosperous economic times for Greece and the world than the current one.  We have clearly defined an authentic trajectory for ACS Athens, providing our students with a holistic, meaningful and harmonious educational experience, guided by ethical discipline which the ancient Greeks defined as Morfosis (Μόρφωση).

During the current difficult times, in particular when the universal principles, values and beliefs are challenged under the pressure of economic and social instability, we, at ACS Athens – Students, faculty, staff, administration, and the Board of Trustees – are striving to be a beacon of wisdom, humility and ethical leadership.

We, individually and collectively, are continuously reflecting on our educational paradigm, in order to identify new paths, new strategies and new approaches towards our vision of serving students and humanity.  During these challenging times, we have chosen to strive for excellence, adopt creative ideas and have Ethos as our guide.

ACS Athens is always looking ahead by providing innovative and holistic educational experiences to all of its students.  We are currently implementing our educational paradigm (Morfosis) with i2Flex courses.  These are comprised of face-to-face and non-face-to-face learning.  The non-face-to-face learning includes on-line learning guided by a faculty member teaching via the i2Flex course shells, and independent learning.  Students are engaged in learning inside the classroom, but also outside of it, in different ways.  The Elementary School is moving forward with the creation of grade-specific shells, including all the special subjects (Music, Physical Education, Languages, etc.).

To reflect the i2Flex approach in teaching and learning, a new schedule has been implemented this school year for our Middle School and the Academy.  The goal of this schedule is not only to allow for more contact time in the classroom, but for the inclusion of modules that allow self-directed learning, thus meeting the needs of all our students.

I believe the strongest aspect of the educational experience for our students at ACS Athens is that they become architects of their own learning in order to transform the world.  That is why we share ideas, reflect, expect better results, and celebrate accomplishments.  I am very proud to work and serve such a community of students, faculty, staff, administrators, parents and Board of Trustees.

I would like to close with the following quote:

“If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.”   ( Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's First Woman President (Liberia) )

Sincerely,

Stefanos Gialamas, Ph.D.
President