Teacher Professional Development

Academic Year 2019-20

Greek Philologue Panagiotis Polydoropoulos successfully completed the 50-hour online professional development program offered by the University of the Aegean Center for Professional Development and Lifelong Learning from April 6 to May 17, 2020, entitled “Introduction to Teaching Greek as a Second/Foreign Language.”

Greek Philologue Panagiotis Polydoropoulos attended a training session for Debate Judges, which took place on Friday, February 21, 6.30-9.30 p.m., at the Town Hall of the Municipality of Aigaleo, in the Town Council room, as part of the Student Rhetorical Competition “Debate and Rebut.”

Teachers Konstantinos Gakis, Angeliki Kehagia, Achinoi-Eirini Kosmadaki, Evangelia Koutsokera, Maria Lada, Sophia Lyberopoulou, Maria-Eleni Pliakostamou and Panagiotis Polydoropoulos successfully completed a 25-hour online training program, December 3-20, entitled “Online learning design” offered by Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

Dr. Eirini Kasapi, teacher and theologian, took part in the “Social Science” Cycle of Special Educational Events of the National Research Foundation with an address entitled “The photograph that touched us. A picture says a thousand words by historians and archeologists.” The event took place on December 10, 2019 in Athens. At this conference, she spoke on the subject: “Strigolniki. The decryption of a Russian sect through a photograph.” In her address, Ms. Kasapi analyzed the history of the birth of the first sect in Russia (14th century), the Strigolniki sect, and attempted to shed light on several dark spots of the subsequent condemnation of heretics by the Russian Church.

English Teacher Marilena Maniati successfully completed attendance at a 64-hour distance learning professional development program from October 13 to December 23, 2019, entitled “Classroom Strategies for Inquiry-Based Learning” with the University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Maniati also attended the 32-hour distance learning professional development program from January 5 to March 2, 2020, entitled “Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasive Writing and Public Speaking” with Harvard University, as well as the 64-hour distance learning professional development program from February 12 to May 10, 2020, entitled “Launching Innovation in Schools” with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Academic Year 2018-19

Greek Philologues Ms. Ifigenia Bonatou and Ms. Evanthia Papacosta and English Philologues Ms. Christina Varveri, Ms. Evangelia Vlachogianni, Ms. Chrissa Babouri-Smith and Ms. Eleni Florou attended and successfully completed the Postgraduate Program “Learning Difficulties & Attention Deficit Disorder – Hyperactivity ADHD.” The 8-month Postgraduate Program was organized by the Adolescent Health Unit of the 2nd Pediatric Clinic of Athens University at the “P. & A. Kyriakou” Children’s Hospital, the Greek Society of Adolescent Medicine, the Hellenic Society for the Study of ADHD, and the Institute of Public Health – The American College of Greece.

On March 28, 2019 a conference took place at Pierce as part of Drasis 2 “Teacher Training in New Curricula in Foreign Languages – Comprehensive Curriculum for Foreign Languages and Early Childhood English Language Learning Programs” in the context of the program entitled: “Training interventions to reinforce school structures of the educational system,” which has been undertaken and conducted by the Institute of Educational Policy (IEP), which was attended by Pierce English teachers. The conference was organized by Dr. Eftychia Papachristou, educational project coordinator and the head and assistant head of the Pierce English Department.

English Teachers Ms. Evangelia Alexopoulou, Ms. Sophia Dimopoulou and Ms. Chrissa Babouri-Smith attended the conference entitled: “Co-education – Parallel Support in Secondary Education: Supporting the Adolescent with Special Educational Needs in Daily School Life,” which took place on Saturday, March 16, 2019 in the Amphitheater of the Health Sciences Library in Athens. The conference was organized by the Hellenic Society for the Study of ADHD and the Hellenic Association for the Psychosocial Health of Children and Adolescents with Behavior Problems.

Greek Philologue Ms. Angeliki Atsali, Art Teacher Ms. Stella Karageorgiou, Dr. Georgia Dima and Ms. Foteini Konstantopoulou, French Teachers, Dr. Theodosis Dracopoulos, Mr. Angelos Triantafyllou and Mr. Lambros Tsiouris, Physics Teachers, Dr. Eleftheria Petalidou and Ms. Panagiota Spyropoulou, Chemistry Teachers, Biology Teacher Mr. Evangelos Stamateris and English Teachers Ms. Sophia Dimopoulou and Ms. Chrissa Babouri-Smith attended the seminar entitled “Gifted students and Differentiated teaching in multi-level classes,” which took place on February 23, 2019 at Pierce. The conference was organized by Educational organization “Charismatheia.”

Chemistry Teacher Ms. Panagiota Spyropoulou and Physics Teacher Mr. Lambros Tsiouris attended the conference entitled: “Earthquake in the Museum,” which was organized by the Goulandris Museum and took place at the museum on October 13, 2018.

Physical Education Teacher Ms. Aikaterini Falouka completed the Postgraduate Program entitled: “Biology of Exercise” in the field of Sports Medicine at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Ms. Falouka submitted and successfully defended her dissertation entitled: “Physical Education Teachers’ Cognitive readiness in dealing with emergency situations in schools.

Mathematics Teacher Ms. Militsa Zisi completed the Postgraduate Program entitled: “Teaching and Methodology in Mathematics.” Ms. Zisi submitted and defended her dissertation on the subject: “Teaching practices during class discussions: open problem management.”

Dr. Georgia Dima also attended the conference on the subject “New approaches to French Language teaching” on Sunday, May 5, 2019. It was organized by the Hellenic Open University Postgraduate Studies Program “Teaching French as a Foreign and International Language.”

Italian Language and Legal Sciences Teacher Ms. Eleni Sarri attended the training session in support of the thematic week on the subject: “Educational tools democratic coexistence in school,” in the context of training sessions of the 2nd Regional Educational Planning Center for Attica, which took place in April 2019.

Physics Teacher Lambros Tsiouris attended the conference entitled: “Cutting Edge Technologies in Education,” which took place March 16-17, 2019 at the Avgoulea-Linardatou Schools.

Mathematics Teacher Ms. Militsa Zisi attended the lecture entitled: “Theory-informed design for teacher development and improved student learning” at which Professor Geoff Wake spoke. It took place on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at the Mathematics Department of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. The seminar was organized by the Postgraduate Studies Program in Mathematics Teaching and Methodology.

Religion teacher Ms. Chrysoula Barabouti took part in the Interdisciplinary Conference of the Social Theology Department of the School of Theology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. The conference was entitled: “Religions and Human Rights”, and took place February 13-16, 2019. At the conference, Ms. Barabouti delivered an address on the subject: “Orthodox religiosity as a factor in the prevention of smoking among students of the American College of Greece, aged 13-18.

French Language Teacher Dr Georgia Dima attended a conference entitled: “Real life in school,” which took place on February 9, 2019 at the French Institute of Greece and was organized by the Association of French Teachers in Greece in collaboration with the Cooperation and Cultural Action Service of the French Embassy in Greece.

Mathematics Teacher Ms. Militsa Zisi attended the seminar entitled: “Technology, Science and Mathematics,” which took place on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the Herakleidon Museum. The seminar was organized by the 2nd Regional Educational Planning Center for Attica and the Herakleidon Museum. Ms. Zisi successfully completed the seminar, which included a certification process.

Dr. Georgia Dima also attended the conference entitled: “Dynamic learning environments for students with special learning needs,” which took place on January 19, 2019 and was organized by the Hellenic Association of French Language and Literature Teachers and University Graduates.

Mathematics and Computer Science Teacher Dr. Spyridon Doukakis published the article “Enhancement Programming Skills and Transforming Knowledge of Programming through Neuroeducation Approaches” in collaboration with, and with the approval of the international Journal of Multidisciplinary Engineering Science Studies (JMESS), 4(12), 2356-2361.

Religion Teacher Ms. Chrysoula Barabouti published the article “Orthodox Religiosity as a factor in the prevention of smoking in students of the American College of Greece aged 13-18 years” in the English language journal Theophany, 1 pp. 31-111, 2018, TREMENDUM, Greek Association of the Psychology of Religion.

Mathematics Teacher Ms. Militsa Zisi attended the conference entitled: “Mathematics in Primary and Secondary Education through Theory and Teaching,” which took place on December 1, 2018 at the Arsakeio Schools of Psychico. The conference was organized by the Society for the Promotion of Education and Learning.

English Teacher Ms. Chrissa Babouri-Smith attended the seminar entitled: “Life Skills – Developing Social Entrepreneurs,” which took place in November 2018 at the British Council Athens. The 4-hour seminar was organized by the British Council.

Mathematics and Computer Science Teacher Dr. Spyridon Doukakis completed postgraduate research at the Ionian University, Computer Science Department, Bioinformatics and Human Electrophysiology Laboratory on the subject: “Modeling Representation in Neuroeducation.

Mathematics Teacher Ms. Militsa Zisi attended the conference entitled: “The 21st century educator: skills development,” which took place on November 24, 2018 and was organized by the Hellenic Association of French Language and Literature Teachers and University Graduates.

Mathematics and Computer Science Teacher Dr. Spyridon Doukakis took part in the 10th Conference on Informatics in Education, which took place in Thessaloniki, November 2-4, 2018. At the conference he presented his paper entitled: “Computer Programming and Neuroeducation.

Mathematics and Computer Science Teacher Dr. Spyridon Doukakis took part in the 3rd World Congress ‘Genetics, Geriatrics and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research,’ which took place in Toronto, October 25-28, 2018. Dr. Doukakis was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the conference and a Guest Speaker. At the conference, as guest speaker, he delivered a talk entitled: “Undergraduate Students’ Brain Activity in Visual and Textual Programming.” In addition, he presented his papers: “Neuroeducation and computer programming. A review” and “An Educational Scenario for the Learning of the Conic Section: Studying the Ellipse with the Use of Digital Tools and Elements of Differentiated Instruction and Cognitive Neurosciences.”

Religion Teacher Ms. Chrysoula Barabouti attended the Training Seminar for Health Education teachers entitled: “Alcohol Prevention Guide,” which took place at the Center for the Prevention of Addictions and the Promotion of Psychosocial Health “PRONOI” on October 24, 2018.

Mathematics and Computer Science Teacher Dr. Spyridon Doukakis was selected and invited to teach undergraduate courses entitled: “Teaching Computer Science,” “Issues in Teaching Computer Science,” and “Business Administration” at the Computer Science Department of Ionian University during the 2018-2019 academic year. In addition, he became a member of the Cooperating Faculty of the Hellenic Open University in the context of the course of studies: Postgraduate Studies in Mathematics.

Greek Philologues Ms. Angeliki Kehagia and Mr. Panagiotis Polydoropoulos took part in the 5th European Student Conference entitled: “RIGAS VELESTINLIS, 220 years after his death. The revolutionary, pacifist and the vision of the Balkan League. Vienna-Trieste-Belgrade,” which took place November 17-20, 2018, in Belgrade with the approval of the Ministry of Education and in collaboration with the Greek National Commission for UNESCO, the Hellenic Foundation for Culture, the Hellenic Foundation for the Culture of Italy, the Hellenic Foundation for the Culture of Serbia and the Greek Embassy in Belgrade. At the conference, the poster entitled: “Rigas and Human Rights” was presented.

Mathematics Teachers Ms. Vasiliki Amblianiti and Ms. Olga Palanta attended the conference on the subject: “Teaching Mathematics in the modern age,” which took place on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the 2nd Experimental Gymnasium of Athens. At the conference, they attended talks related to the training of Mathematics teachers in the use of Information and Communication Technologies in Education. They also had the opportunity to learn about contemporary challenges in the field of mathematics education. Finally they took part in activities dealing with mathematics and STEM.

Academic Year 2017-18

Mr. Angelis Triantafyllou, Physics teacher, completed his Graduate Diploma entitled “New Forms of Education and Learning” at the University of the Aegean. Mr. Triantafyllou submitted and supported his thesis on the subject: “A comparative analysis between Greece and other EU countries about Educational Policies for Lifelong Learning.”

During the 2017-2018 school year, Mr. Triantafyllou also attended and successfully completed the Postgraduate Program “Learning Difficulties & Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).” The Postgraduate Program, which lasted 8 months, was organized by the Adolescent Health Unit of the B Pediatric Clinic of Athens University at “P. & A. Kyriakos” Children’s Hospital, the Greek Society of Adolescent Medicine, the Hellenic Society for the Study of ADHD and the Institute of Public Health of the American College of Greece. In addition, Mr. Triantafyllou attended the proceedings of a conference entitled “Special Education and Technology of Information and Communications: Development of Cognitive and Social-Emotional Skills in Students with Special Educational Needs (SEN),” which took place on September 30, 2017 at the National Center of Scientific Research “Demokritos.”

Ms. Angeliki Kehagia and Ms. Georgia Giannakopoulou, Greek Language teachers, prepared a poster “Expressions of the Demon in the homonymous novel by G. Theotokas” as part of the International Student Conference “The Constantinopolitan George Theotokas.” Following judgement, the poster was presented during the Conference, which took place March 14018, 2018 under the auspices of the Ecumenical Patriarchate at the Zografeio Lyceum of Constantinople. The announcement will be included in the conference minutes (in publication).

Ms. Stamatia Mavrikou, Theology teacher, completed her Postgraduate Specialization Diploma entitled “Education Leadership” at the European Cyprus University. Ms Mavrikou submitted her dissertation entitled “Tasks and contribution of middle management in the administration of Secondary Education: The Case of Pierce – The American College of Greece.”

On Saturday, December 9, 2017, there was an intensive in-school training seminar on the subject of 3D Printing. Over 20 Pierce educators took part in the seminar, which was organized in order to reinforce their skills and to include in their teaching practice the two 3D Printers that Pierce – The American College of Greece has purchased  and which are available to teachers and students. The seminar took place according to its initial plan and the teachers, through experiential approaches that took place during the training, determined ways to use and include the 3D printers in Science classes as well as STEM and STEAM activities.

Dr. Spyridon Doukakis, Mathematics and Computer Science teacher, took part in the proceedings of  MoodleMoot Greece 2017, which took place December 1-2, 2017 in Athens and was organized by TEI Athens, the Hellenic Open University, TEI of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, the Panhellenic School Network and the Open Technologies Alliance GFOSS.  At the conference, he served as chair of the 1st session on the subject: “The role of Moodle in facilitating In-Service Teacher Professional Development.”

On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, as part of the 22nd SciFY Academy on the subject: “eLearning: Tools & Methodology,” Dr. Spyridon Doukakis, Mathematics and Computer Science teacher, presented his work entitled: “The Integration of e-tutoring programs in Greek and international education. The case of the Pierce e-tutoring online program,” on the invitation of of the organizers.

Dr. Spyridon Doukakis, Mathematics and Computer Science teacher, took part in the proceedings of the International Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering workshop, which took place November 6-10, 2017 on Kerkyra and was organized by the Institute For Medical Physics in collaboration with Ionian University. At the conference, Dr. Doukakis took part in a collaboration on the paper “Trends and Research in Neurocognitive Enhancement.”

Educator Iakovos Delatolas-Saveris, English Language teacher, by invitation of the organizers, took part as a speaker in the international conference ‘6th ELT Malta Conference, English for 21st Century Skills’ with a presentation entitled: ‘Exploiting YouTube Videos in EFL to Foster Critical Thinking and Collaboration.’ The conference took place October 12-14, 2017 at the Grand Excelsior Hotel in Valletta and was organized by the Education Ministry of Malta in collaboration with IATEFL Learning Τechnologies SIG.

Educator Iakovos Delatolas-Saveris, English Language teacher, by invitation of the organizers, took part as a speaker in the international conference ‘Innovations in ELT For Children and Teenagers’ with a presentation entitled: ‘Twenty pieces of helpful advice reflecting 20 years of teaching Young Learners.’ The conference took place October 21-22, 2017 at Deree -The American College of Greece and was organized by TESOL Greece in collaboration with IATEFL Young Learners and Teenagers SIG.

Pierce Faculty Activities – Academic Year 2016-17

Pierce Faculty Activities – Academic Year 2015-16