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1 Vision & Goals by Stefanos Gialamas, Ph.D. President of ACS Athens Institutional MetamorPHosis

2 : institutional change Mission Mission Accreditation Accreditation Governing Governing Finances Finances Infrastructure Infrastructure Enrollment Enrollment Academics Academics Innovation Innovation Student Services Student Services Student Activities Student Activities Vision & Goals

3 : institutional change Mission Mission ACS Athens is a student-centered international school, embracing American educational philosophy, principles and values. Through excellence in teaching and diverse educational experiences, ACS Athens challenges all students to realize their unique potential: academically, intellectually, socially and ethically -- to thrive as responsible global citizens. Vision & Goals

4 : institutional change Accreditation Accreditation Accredited by Middle States Association Of Schools & Colleges until 2014Accredited by Middle States Association Of Schools & Colleges until 2014 Accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organization to offer the IB DiplomaAccredited by the International Baccalaureate Organization to offer the IB Diploma Authorized by the Greek Ministry of Education to offer the Greek High School Diploma EquivalencyAuthorized by the Greek Ministry of Education to offer the Greek High School Diploma Equivalency Vision & Goals

5 : institutional change The 3 MSA Accreditation Goals The 3 MSA Accreditation Goals Improving Student WritingImproving Student Writing Improving Quantitative Reasoning (Mathematical Problem Solving, Computational Skills)Improving Quantitative Reasoning (Mathematical Problem Solving, Computational Skills) Improving Civic ResponsibilityImproving Civic Responsibility Vision & Goals

6 : institutional change Governing Governing Board of Trustees Executive Committee Board of Trustees Executive Committee Chairman : Mr. Constantine Stergides Chairman : Mr. Constantine Stergides Vice-Chairman : Mr. Simos Dimas Vice-Chairman : Mr. Simos Dimas Treasurer : Mr. Suheil Sabbagh Treasurer : Mr. Suheil Sabbagh Secretary : Ms. Georgia Koumantaris Tzouros Secretary : Ms. Georgia Koumantaris Tzouros Member At Large: Ms. Ann E. Butler Member At Large: Ms. Ann E. Butler Vision & Goals Members : Ms. Vanessa Adam Mr. Yiannis Alafouzos Mr. Timothy Ananiadis Ms. Ann E. Butler Mr. Simos Dimas Dr. Saleh S. Jallad Ms. Georgia Koumantaris Tzouros Mr. Christopher Leavey Mr. John Marder Dr. Gerry Monopolis Mr. Tassos Potamianos Mr. Suheil Sabbagh Mr. Constantine Stergides

7 : institutional change Finances Finances 4-year stretch of balanced and surplus budget4-year stretch of balanced and surplus budget 50,000 annual financial aid assistance50,000 annual financial aid assistance 25% Alumni tuition discount25% Alumni tuition discount SKAI Scholarship program (cumulatively 600,000 )SKAI Scholarship program (cumulatively 600,000 ) Hasib & Diana Sabbagh Athletic Scholarship Program (cumulatively 400,000 )Hasib & Diana Sabbagh Athletic Scholarship Program (cumulatively 400,000 ) Procter & Gamble (cumulative 60,000 )Procter & Gamble (cumulative 60,000 ) Summer Camp (cumulative revenue 520,000 )Summer Camp (cumulative revenue 520,000 ) Corporate Basketball Program (120,000 )Corporate Basketball Program (120,000 ) Other: 120,000Other: 120,000 Vision & Goals

8 : institutional change Infrastructure (Facilities) Infrastructure (Facilities) More than 1,6 million allocated in facilities improvementMore than 1,6 million allocated in facilities improvement Elementary School Cafeteria/Multipurpose roomElementary School Cafeteria/Multipurpose room Replacing carpets from all classrooms and offices with environmentally friendly materials in Elementary School and Middle SchoolReplacing carpets from all classrooms and offices with environmentally friendly materials in Elementary School and Middle School Totally remodeling ES/MS/Academy librariesTotally remodeling ES/MS/Academy libraries Construction of classrooms and offices for the Institute of Creative and Critical Thinking (ICCT)Construction of classrooms and offices for the Institute of Creative and Critical Thinking (ICCT) Completing the new wing for the Office of Student ServicesCompleting the new wing for the Office of Student Services Remodeling all administration officesRemodeling all administration offices Replacing all windows with energy-saving aluminum windowsReplacing all windows with energy-saving aluminum windows New Elementary School Dance & Music CenterNew Elementary School Dance & Music Center Creating a Gift shopCreating a Gift shop Vision & Goals

9 : institutional change Infrastructure (Technology) Infrastructure (Technology) Setting up 4 additional computers labsSetting up 4 additional computers labs Full implementation of the new Academic Management System (Skyward)Full implementation of the new Academic Management System (Skyward) Full implementation of the new Accounting Software SystemFull implementation of the new Accounting Software System 80% of classrooms are equipped with interactive white-boards 80% of classrooms are equipped with interactive white-boards Complete upgrade of network wiring – fiber optics - and architectureComplete upgrade of network wiring – fiber optics - and architecture Upgrade and redesign of website functionality (over 1 million unique hits per year)Upgrade and redesign of website functionality (over 1 million unique hits per year) Vision & Goals

10 : institutional change Enrollment Enrollment 2005: 585 (end of year)2005: 585 (end of year) currently: 816currently: : 825 (projected)2009: 825 (projected) Cumulative Net Increase: 41% over 4 yearsCumulative Net Increase: 41% over 4 years Over 50% of applications were submitted onlineOver 50% of applications were submitted online : for the first time, a waiting list is established for new applicants : for the first time, a waiting list is established for new applicants Separate admissions process & applications were createdSeparate admissions process & applications were created Vision & Goals

11 : institutional change Academics (Teaching & Learning) Academics (Teaching & Learning) Continue recruiting highly qualified US trained facultyContinue recruiting highly qualified US trained faculty Implement a comprehensive faculty orientation, training and development programsImplement a comprehensive faculty orientation, training and development programs Establish the Festival of Learning and Creativity with exhibits, presentations, discussions, displays, of faculty work and accomplishmentsEstablish the Festival of Learning and Creativity with exhibits, presentations, discussions, displays, of faculty work and accomplishments Implement a comprehensive Faculty Exchange Program with USA-based and international schoolsImplement a comprehensive Faculty Exchange Program with USA-based and international schools Continue with the program of faculty professional growth and developmentContinue with the program of faculty professional growth and development Vision & Goals

12 : institutional change Academics (Teaching & Learning) Academics (Teaching & Learning) Enhance the Science/Math, Arts, Literature, Foreign Language, Environmental Studies, and Greek ProgramsEnhance the Science/Math, Arts, Literature, Foreign Language, Environmental Studies, and Greek Programs Enhance the IB Program with American educational philosophy on teaching and learningEnhance the IB Program with American educational philosophy on teaching and learning Enhancing the curriculum with more AP course offeringsEnhancing the curriculum with more AP course offerings The first ever Virtual Science Fair by all the Middle Schools students took placeThe first ever Virtual Science Fair by all the Middle Schools students took place Vision & Goals

13 : institutional change Innovation Innovation Creation of the Institute of Creative & Critical Thinking, with new facility and a full-time DirectorCreation of the Institute of Creative & Critical Thinking, with new facility and a full-time Director Innovative programs for K-12 studentsInnovative programs for K-12 students Grant underwriting for major projectsGrant underwriting for major projects Adult education coursesAdult education courses Evening & weekend programsEvening & weekend programs Vision & Goals

14 : institutional change Student Services Student Services Developed effective and efficient SAT preparation programDeveloped effective and efficient SAT preparation program Developed a parent education program on choosing the best higher education institution fitting the studentDeveloped a parent education program on choosing the best higher education institution fitting the student Total Electronic Student Portfolio (TESP)Total Electronic Student Portfolio (TESP) Initial Agreement with 24 U.S. Universities & CollegesInitial Agreement with 24 U.S. Universities & Colleges Offer opportunity to qualified students to spend 10 days visiting Colleges and Universities: Attend Classes, Meet & Interview with Admissions Officers & Academic AdvisorsOffer opportunity to qualified students to spend 10 days visiting Colleges and Universities: Attend Classes, Meet & Interview with Admissions Officers & Academic Advisors Experience & understand the challenges of Student& Academic Life in a U.S. Higher Education institutionExperience & understand the challenges of Student& Academic Life in a U.S. Higher Education institution Vision & Goals

15 : institutional change Student Services Student Services Optimal Match Learning ProgramOptimal Match Learning Program Refined the OM comprehensive programRefined the OM comprehensive program Established the High Student Performance programEstablished the High Student Performance program Enhanced further the OM program with additional state of the art teaching and learning toolsEnhanced further the OM program with additional state of the art teaching and learning tools Created a comprehensive OM specific faculty awareness and development programCreated a comprehensive OM specific faculty awareness and development program Introduced the Touch Math approach in teaching MathematicsIntroduced the Touch Math approach in teaching Mathematics Established and organized the Annual Conference on Learning Differences since May 2006.Established and organized the Annual Conference on Learning Differences since May Vision & Goals

16 : institutional change Student Activities Student Activities AthleticsAthletics Varsity Teams Championships (Basketball)Varsity Teams Championships (Basketball) Recreational (After-school programs)Recreational (After-school programs) Academies (Tennis, Swimming)Academies (Tennis, Swimming) Civic ResponsibilityCivic Responsibility Environmental programsEnvironmental programs Community ServiceCommunity Service VolunteerismVolunteerism Student ClubsStudent Clubs ForensicsForensics MUNMUN Music Performances and after-school classesMusic Performances and after-school classes TheaterTheater Vision & Goals

17 : institutional change Vision & Goals

18 : institutional metamorphosis Metamorphosis : Metamorphosis : A complete transfiguration or transformation; a complete change of form, structure and substanceA complete transfiguration or transformation; a complete change of form, structure and substance Vision & Goals

19 : institutional metamorphosis Metamorphosis of an Institution: Metamorphosis of an Institution: VisionVision PraxisPraxis ReflectionReflection CelebrationCelebration Vision & Goals

20 : institutional metamorphosis Vision : Vision : Establish ACS Athens as the center of Morphosis * by integrating knowledge, belief, innovation and behavior, and engaging students, faculty, staff, administration, parents and friendsEstablish ACS Athens as the center of Morphosis * by integrating knowledge, belief, innovation and behavior, and engaging students, faculty, staff, administration, parents and friends Vision & Goals * Morphosis : Holistic, Meaningful and Harmonious Education… for a Lifetime

21 : institutional metamorphosis HOLISTIC : HOLISTIC : A holistic approach to education successfully combines academic, emotional, physical, intellectual and ethical components of learning to provide students with the tools to become healthy and balanced individuals who can successfully cope with the changes that the university experience and life beyond will bring.A holistic approach to education successfully combines academic, emotional, physical, intellectual and ethical components of learning to provide students with the tools to become healthy and balanced individuals who can successfully cope with the changes that the university experience and life beyond will bring. Vision & Goals * Morphosis: Holistic, Meaningful and Harmonious Education… for a Lifetime

22 : institutional metamorphosis MEANINGFUL : MEANINGFUL : A meaningful education unfolds within a framework of principles and values, and leads learners to define and achieve their personal, academic and professional goals. Learning is meaningful when it is connected to that which is most important in our lives; when it speaks to our dreams, strengths, desires and talents; when it leads us to fall in love with life and learning.A meaningful education unfolds within a framework of principles and values, and leads learners to define and achieve their personal, academic and professional goals. Learning is meaningful when it is connected to that which is most important in our lives; when it speaks to our dreams, strengths, desires and talents; when it leads us to fall in love with life and learning. Vision & Goals * Morphosis: Holistic, Meaningful and Harmonious Education… for a Lifetime

23 : institutional metamorphosis HARMONIOUS : HARMONIOUS : A harmonious approach to education ensures that all dimensions of the teaching and learning experience cohere. Mission, beliefs, principles, values and practices in an educational community must be consistent and mutually reinforcing if the learning experience is truly to promote the classical ideal of living a full life with ethos.A harmonious approach to education ensures that all dimensions of the teaching and learning experience cohere. Mission, beliefs, principles, values and practices in an educational community must be consistent and mutually reinforcing if the learning experience is truly to promote the classical ideal of living a full life with ethos. Vision & Goals * Morphosis: Holistic, Meaningful and Harmonious Education… for a Lifetime

24 : institutional metamorphosis PRAXIS: PRAXIS: Institutional LeadershipInstitutional Leadership Infrastructure (Facilities & Technology)Infrastructure (Facilities & Technology) FinancesFinances EnrollmentEnrollment AcademicsAcademics InnovationInnovation Student AffairsStudent Affairs Vision & Goals

25 : institutional metamorphosis PRAXIS: PRAXIS: Institutional Leadership Institutional Leadership Board of TrusteesBoard of Trustees PresidentPresident Functional Area LeadersFunctional Area Leaders Academic Department Chairs CouncilAcademic Department Chairs Council Faculty/StaffFaculty/Staff Vision & Goals

26 : institutional metamorphosis Vision & Goals

27 : institutional metamorphosis PRAXIS : PRAXIS : Facilities Facilities Existing BuildingsExisting Buildings GREEN BUILDINGS: increase use of green energy sources and reduce energy wasteGREEN BUILDINGS: increase use of green energy sources and reduce energy waste RENOVATE CLASSROOMS: re-plaster walls, renovate bathrooms throughout the campusRENOVATE CLASSROOMS: re-plaster walls, renovate bathrooms throughout the campus RENOVATE SCIENCE LABSRENOVATE SCIENCE LABS RENOVATE COMPUTER LABSRENOVATE COMPUTER LABS REPAIR BUILDINGS ROOF INSULATIONSREPAIR BUILDINGS ROOF INSULATIONS INSTALL BUILDINGS STORM LIGHTING PROTECTIONINSTALL BUILDINGS STORM LIGHTING PROTECTION Vision & Goals

28 : institutional metamorphosis PRAXIS : PRAXIS : Facilities Facilities PURCHASE NEW LAND - Acquire two school adjacent land lots totaling about 1,000m 2.PURCHASE NEW LAND - Acquire two school adjacent land lots totaling about 1,000m 2. New BuildingsNew Buildings DORMITORY for students, - About 1,500m 2DORMITORY for students, - About 1,500m 2 NEW BUILDING for Early Childhood program to house the increased number of students in Jk and KD programs and other Elementary school activities - About 1,500m 2NEW BUILDING for Early Childhood program to house the increased number of students in Jk and KD programs and other Elementary school activities - About 1,500m 2 NEW CLASSROOMS due to student growth – About 18 new classrooms/science /computer/music labs, incorporate them in the existing or new construction buildings above. Elementary school will have its own science labNEW CLASSROOMS due to student growth – About 18 new classrooms/science /computer/music labs, incorporate them in the existing or new construction buildings above. Elementary school will have its own science lab Vision & Goals

29 : institutional metamorphosis PRAXIS : PRAXIS : Facilities Facilities Athletics:Athletics: NEW ATHLETIC PLAYGROUNDS for Elementary and Middle schools will be created to accommodate the increases in number of students (4000 m 2 )NEW ATHLETIC PLAYGROUNDS for Elementary and Middle schools will be created to accommodate the increases in number of students (4000 m 2 ) NEW CLOSED GYMNASIUM, (light metal structure over current tennis area), for use by the Elementary students during the day and Tennis/Volleyball ASAP / ART CENTER programs in the evenings/weekends, (about 2,000m 2 )NEW CLOSED GYMNASIUM, (light metal structure over current tennis area), for use by the Elementary students during the day and Tennis/Volleyball ASAP / ART CENTER programs in the evenings/weekends, (about 2,000m 2 ) Resurfacing of soccer field, tennis courts, closed Gymnasium and otherResurfacing of soccer field, tennis courts, closed Gymnasium and other Vision & Goals

30 : institutional metamorphosis PRAXIS: PRAXIS: Technology Technology Fully functional wireless campusFully functional wireless campus Remote access to library resourcesRemote access to library resources Starting , laptop purchasing program will be available for Juniors and SeniorsStarting , laptop purchasing program will be available for Juniors and Seniors Starting , all high school students eligible for laptop purchasing programStarting , all high school students eligible for laptop purchasing program Starting , all middle school students eligible for laptop purchasing programStarting , all middle school students eligible for laptop purchasing program Collaboration with U.Penn. to implement an educational search engine (pilot starting Jan. 2010)Collaboration with U.Penn. to implement an educational search engine (pilot starting Jan. 2010) 100% of classrooms & labs will be equipped with interactive whiteboards (by )100% of classrooms & labs will be equipped with interactive whiteboards (by ) Starting , pilot program on using e-books for course instructionStarting , pilot program on using e-books for course instruction Developing full capacity for delivering online coursesDeveloping full capacity for delivering online courses Upgrading appropriately all computer labs by Upgrading appropriately all computer labs by Vision & Goals

31 : institutional metamorphosis PRAXIS: PRAXIS: Finances Finances Continuing with a surplus budgetContinuing with a surplus budget Assist the Board of Trustees to fundraise 5,000,000 for new building constructionAssist the Board of Trustees to fundraise 5,000,000 for new building construction Establish an endowment fund of 2,000,000 – dividends to be used for scholarships and fellowshipsEstablish an endowment fund of 2,000,000 – dividends to be used for scholarships and fellowships Vision & Goals

32 : institutional metamorphosis PRAXIS: PRAXIS: Enrollment Enrollment Continue with a 5-6% annual increaseContinue with a 5-6% annual increase By 2015, the enrollment target will be 1,060. The breakdown will be:By 2015, the enrollment target will be 1,060. The breakdown will be: Elementary School – 380Elementary School – 380 Middle School – 240Middle School – 240 Academy – 440Academy – 440 Total - - 1,060Total - - 1,060 Vision & Goals

33 : institutional metamorphosis PRAXIS: PRAXIS: Academics Academics Move towards establishing the AP (Advanced Placement) Diploma programMove towards establishing the AP (Advanced Placement) Diploma program Continue offering the I.B. (International Baccalaureate) Diploma programContinue offering the I.B. (International Baccalaureate) Diploma program Offering quality high school courses (non-A.P., non-I.B.)Offering quality high school courses (non-A.P., non-I.B.) Provide the option to students to select any combination of courses from the above categoriesProvide the option to students to select any combination of courses from the above categories Vision & Goals

34 : institutional metamorphosis PRAXIS: PRAXIS: Faculty/Staff Faculty/Staff Continue hiring U.S. educated and trained faculty/staffContinue hiring U.S. educated and trained faculty/staff Expand professional development with exchange programs, conference participation, action research and publications to all faculty/staffExpand professional development with exchange programs, conference participation, action research and publications to all faculty/staff Offer opportunities to complete post-graduate degreesOffer opportunities to complete post-graduate degrees Target: More than 80% of faculty have post-graduate degrees in their fieldTarget: More than 80% of faculty have post-graduate degrees in their field Target: In a cycle of two years, all faculty should participate in at least one professional development programTarget: In a cycle of two years, all faculty should participate in at least one professional development program Vision & Goals

35 : institutional metamorphosis PRAXIS: PRAXIS: Innovation Innovation Develop online or hybrid high school course offerings for ACS Athens students and students from other institutionsDevelop online or hybrid high school course offerings for ACS Athens students and students from other institutions Increase the number of college level courses offered to ACS Athens students, in collaboration with U.S. colleges and universitiesIncrease the number of college level courses offered to ACS Athens students, in collaboration with U.S. colleges and universities Organize conferences and/or workshops in:Organize conferences and/or workshops in: leadershipleadership technologytechnology learning differenceslearning differences Teaching & LearningTeaching & Learning Vision & Goals

36 : institutional metamorphosis PRAXIS: PRAXIS: Innovation Innovation Develop online or hybrid high school course offerings for ACS Athens students and students from other institutionsDevelop online or hybrid high school course offerings for ACS Athens students and students from other institutions Increase the number of college level courses offered to ACS Athens students, in collaboration with U.S. colleges and universitiesIncrease the number of college level courses offered to ACS Athens students, in collaboration with U.S. colleges and universities Organize conferences and programs on:Organize conferences and programs on: Academic leadershipAcademic leadership Technology & educationTechnology & education Learning DifferencesLearning Differences Teaching & LearningTeaching & Learning Year-round programs:Year-round programs: Academies: Swimming, Tennis, Dance, etc.Academies: Swimming, Tennis, Dance, etc. Summer Youth Programs: Summer Camp, Summer Courses, etc.Summer Youth Programs: Summer Camp, Summer Courses, etc. Vision & Goals

37 : institutional metamorphosis PRAXIS: PRAXIS: Student Affairs Student Affairs Develop fully the Student Wellness CenterDevelop fully the Student Wellness Center Addressing the well being of students academically, intellectually, emotionally, artistically, ethically, socially and physicallyAddressing the well being of students academically, intellectually, emotionally, artistically, ethically, socially and physically Provide optimized counseling services, academic advising and student activitiesProvide optimized counseling services, academic advising and student activities Ensure that 100% of the students are engaged in one of the activities of the CenterEnsure that 100% of the students are engaged in one of the activities of the Center Ensure that more than 90% of the senior class makes it into their first choice university/college upon graduationEnsure that more than 90% of the senior class makes it into their first choice university/college upon graduation Vision & Goals

38 : institutional metamorphosis REFLECTION REFLECTION Commitment Commitment Dialogue Dialogue Improvement Improvement Vision & Goals

39 : institutional metamorphosis CELEBRATION: CELEBRATION: Recognition of stakeholders contributions Recognition of stakeholders contributions Vision & Goals

40 : institutional metamorphosis CELEBRATION: CELEBRATION: Celebrate Student Success Celebrate Student Success Vision & Goals

41 : institutional metamorphosis Vision & Goals CELEBRATION: CELEBRATION: Celebrate Student Success Celebrate Student Success Nikolai N. Khaladjan Award 2009

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