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

2 2005-2009: institutional change
Vision & Goals Mission Accreditation Governing Finances Infrastructure Enrollment Academics Innovation Student Services Student Activities

3 2005-2009: institutional change
Vision & Goals 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.

4 2005-2009: institutional change
Vision & Goals Accreditation Accredited by Middle States Association Of Schools & Colleges until 2014 Accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organization to offer the IB Diploma Authorized by the Greek Ministry of Education to offer the Greek High School Diploma Equivalency

5 2005-2009: institutional change
Vision & Goals The 3 MSA Accreditation Goals Improving Student Writing Improving Quantitative Reasoning (Mathematical Problem Solving, Computational Skills) Improving Civic Responsibility

6 2005-2009: institutional change
Vision & Goals Governing Board of Trustees Executive Committee Chairman: Mr. Constantine Stergides Vice-Chairman: Mr. Simos Dimas Treasurer: Mr. Suheil Sabbagh Secretary: Ms. Georgia Koumantaris Tzouros Member At Large: Ms. Ann E. Butler 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 2005-2009: institutional change
Vision & Goals Finances 4-year stretch of balanced and surplus budget 50,000 annual financial aid assistance 25% Alumni tuition discount SKAI Scholarship program (cumulatively 600,000 €) Hasib & Diana Sabbagh Athletic Scholarship Program (cumulatively 400,000 €) Procter & Gamble (cumulative 60,000 €) Summer Camp (cumulative revenue 520,000 €) Corporate Basketball Program (120,000 €) Other: 120,000 €

8 2005-2009: institutional change
Vision & Goals Infrastructure (Facilities) More than 1,6 million € allocated in facilities improvement Elementary School Cafeteria/Multipurpose room Replacing carpets from all classrooms and offices with environmentally friendly materials in Elementary School and Middle School Totally remodeling ES/MS/Academy libraries Construction of classrooms and offices for the Institute of Creative and Critical Thinking (ICCT) Completing the new wing for the Office of Student Services Remodeling all administration offices Replacing all windows with energy-saving aluminum windows New Elementary School Dance & Music Center Creating a Gift shop

9 2005-2009: institutional change
Vision & Goals Infrastructure (Technology) Setting up 4 additional computers labs Full implementation of the new Academic Management System (Skyward) Full implementation of the new Accounting Software System 80% of classrooms are equipped with interactive white-boards Complete upgrade of network wiring – fiber optics - and architecture Upgrade and redesign of website functionality (over 1 million unique hits per year)

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

11 2005-2009: institutional change
Vision & Goals Academics (Teaching & Learning) Continue recruiting highly qualified US trained faculty Implement a comprehensive faculty orientation, training and development programs Establish 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 schools Continue with the program of “faculty professional growth and development”

12 2005-2009: institutional change
Vision & Goals Academics (Teaching & Learning) Enhance the Science/Math, Arts, Literature, Foreign Language, Environmental Studies, and Greek Programs Enhance the IB Program with American educational philosophy on teaching and learning Enhancing the curriculum with more AP course offerings The first ever “Virtual Science Fair” by all the Middle Schools students took place

13 2005-2009: institutional change
Vision & Goals Innovation Creation of the Institute of Creative & Critical Thinking, with new facility and a full-time Director Innovative programs for K-12 students Grant underwriting for major projects Adult education courses Evening & weekend programs

14 2005-2009: institutional change
Vision & Goals Student Services Developed effective and efficient SAT preparation program Developed a parent education program on choosing the best higher education institution fitting the student Total Electronic Student Portfolio (TESP) Initial 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 Advisors Experience & understand the challenges of Student & Academic Life in a U.S. Higher Education institution

15 2005-2009: institutional change
Vision & Goals Student Services Optimal Match Learning Program Refined the OM comprehensive program Established the “High Student Performance” program Enhanced further the OM program with additional state of the art teaching and learning tools Created a comprehensive OM specific faculty awareness and development program Introduced the “Touch Math” approach in teaching Mathematics Established and organized the Annual Conference on Learning Differences since May 2006.

16 2005-2009: institutional change
Vision & Goals Student Activities Athletics Varsity Teams Championships (Basketball) Recreational (After-school programs) Academies (Tennis, Swimming) Civic Responsibility Environmental programs Community Service Volunteerism Student Clubs Forensics MUN Music Performances and after-school classes Theater

17 2005-2009: institutional change
Vision & Goals

18 2010-2015: institutional metamorphosis
Vision & Goals Metamorphosis: A complete transfiguration or transformation; a complete change of form, structure and substance

19 2010-2015: institutional metamorphosis
Vision & Goals Metamorphosis of an Institution: Vision Praxis Reflection Celebration

20 2010-2015: institutional metamorphosis
Vision & Goals Vision: Establish ACS Athens as the center of Morphosis* by integrating knowledge, belief, innovation and behavior, and engaging students, faculty, staff, administration, parents and friends * Morphosis: Holistic, Meaningful and Harmonious Education… for a Lifetime

21 2010-2015: institutional metamorphosis
Vision & Goals 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. * Morphosis: Holistic, Meaningful and Harmonious Education… for a Lifetime

22 2010-2015: institutional metamorphosis
Vision & Goals 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. * Morphosis: Holistic, Meaningful and Harmonious Education… for a Lifetime

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Vision & Goals 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. * Morphosis: Holistic, Meaningful and Harmonious Education… for a Lifetime

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Vision & Goals PRAXIS: Institutional Leadership Infrastructure (Facilities & Technology) Finances Enrollment Academics Innovation Student Affairs

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Vision & Goals PRAXIS: Institutional Leadership Board of Trustees President Functional Area Leaders Academic Department Chairs Council Faculty/Staff

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

28 2010-2015: institutional metamorphosis
Vision & Goals PRAXIS: Facilities PURCHASE NEW LAND - Acquire two school adjacent land lots totaling about 1,000m2. New Buildings  DORMITORY for students, - About 1,500m2 NEW BUILDING for Early Childhood program to house the increased number of students in Jk and KD programs and other Elementary school activities - About 1,500m2 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 lab

29 2010-2015: institutional metamorphosis
Vision & Goals PRAXIS: Facilities Athletics: NEW ATHLETIC PLAYGROUNDS for Elementary and Middle schools will be created to accommodate the increases in number of students (4000 m2) 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 2,000m2) Resurfacing of soccer field, tennis courts, closed Gymnasium and other

30 2010-2015: institutional metamorphosis
Vision & Goals PRAXIS: Technology Fully functional wireless campus Remote access to library resources Starting , laptop purchasing program will be available for Juniors and Seniors Starting , all high school students eligible for laptop purchasing program Starting , all middle school students eligible for laptop purchasing program 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 ) Starting , pilot program on using e-books for course instruction Developing full capacity for delivering online courses Upgrading appropriately all computer labs by

31 2010-2015: institutional metamorphosis
Vision & Goals PRAXIS: Finances Continuing with a surplus budget Assist 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 fellowships

32 2010-2015: institutional metamorphosis
Vision & Goals PRAXIS: Enrollment Continue with a 5-6% annual increase By 2015, the enrollment target will be 1,060. The breakdown will be: Elementary School – 380 Middle School – 240 Academy – 440 Total - - 1,060

33 2010-2015: institutional metamorphosis
Vision & Goals PRAXIS: Academics Move towards establishing the AP (Advanced Placement) Diploma program Continue offering the I.B. (International Baccalaureate) Diploma program 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 categories

34 2010-2015: institutional metamorphosis
Vision & Goals PRAXIS: Faculty/Staff Continue hiring U.S. educated and trained faculty/staff Expand professional development with exchange programs, conference participation, action research and publications to all faculty/staff Offer opportunities to complete post-graduate degrees Target: 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 program

35 2010-2015: institutional metamorphosis
Vision & Goals PRAXIS: Innovation Develop 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 universities Organize conferences and/or workshops in: leadership technology learning differences Teaching & Learning

36 2010-2015: institutional metamorphosis
Vision & Goals PRAXIS: Innovation Develop 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 universities Organize conferences and programs on: Academic leadership Technology & education Learning Differences Teaching & Learning Year-round programs: Academies: Swimming, Tennis, Dance, etc. Summer Youth Programs: Summer Camp, Summer Courses, etc.

37 2010-2015: institutional metamorphosis
Vision & Goals PRAXIS: Student Affairs Develop fully the Student Wellness Center Addressing the well being of students academically, intellectually, emotionally, artistically, ethically, socially and physically Provide optimized counseling services, academic advising and student activities Ensure 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 graduation

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Vision & Goals REFLECTION Commitment Dialogue Improvement

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Vision & Goals CELEBRATION: Recognition of stakeholders’ contributions

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Vision & Goals CELEBRATION: Celebrate Student Success

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

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Vision & Goals Shaping the minds of young people with Ethos in a Holistic, Meaningful & Harmonious way, to make the world a better place to live in

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