Sustaining Excellence: ACS Athens 1 of 7 global schools chosen to lead educational transformation through inquiry and self-reflection
On April 21 and 22, 2016, ACS Athens will be hosting a Colloquium to share new educational knowledge with school teachers, administrators, policymakers and parents from around the globe, to celebrate the culmination of a two year process of research and practice completed by the entire ACS Athens professional staff as part of the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS) “Sustaining Excellence” protocol for re-accreditation.
ACS Athens is the first international school invited to implement the Sustaining Excellence protocol for re-accreditation and to achieve re-accreditation under this protocol. In so doing, ACS Athens has demonstrated, over time, its efficacy in producing desired and expected high levels of student performance and its ability to continue to achieve these results.
A continually changing student body mandates that teaching and learning are dynamic processes open to change. “Sustaining Excellence”, says Dr. Stefanos Gialamas, President of ACS Athens, “is a dynamic approach, at the heart of which lies improving student learning. Our challenge is finding the optimal way for students to acquire 21st century skills and ways of learning while we continue attaining excellence.”
For the past two years, working to create the best learning environment for their students, the teachers of ACS Athens have expanded the definition of their professional responsibilities to include being reflective practitioners, engaged researchers and active members of collaborative professional learning teams. The desired outcome has been to improve student learning and create engaged and caring global citizens who can contribute to the greater good of families, schools, communities, countries, and the world.
The areas of focus identified for school-wide research are:
- Best fit; programs within the school as well as higher education institutions
- Writing to think and learning across disciplines
- Teaching mathematics conceptually
- Teaching ESL/EFL holistically
- i2Flex methodology: the ACS Athens model of blended learning
6. Delivering Learning Support Programs through professional partnerships
7. Collaborative Learning Communities (CLC) to support research and professional development
“Students will engage in learning with teachers who are creative, self-reflective, self-evaluating and who implement best practice”, states Peggy Pelonis, ACS Athens Dean of Student Affairs.
During the Colloquium, the results of everyone’s hard work will be shared in the hope that each attendee will have acquired a wealth of ideas and best practices to bring back to their own institution in the areas of curriculum, teaching methodologies, professional development and academic leadership.
“Sustaining Excellence” is a legacy for future generations of ACS Athens learners, empowering them to transform the world as architects of their own learning with guidance by educators.
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