Dr. Michael McManmon recently attended ACS Athens, a student-centered international school embracing American educational philosophy, principles and values hosted its 5th Annual Conference on Learning Differences titled “Leading by Example: Holistic, Meaningful and Harmonious Approaches to Teaching All Children”, on May 14 and 15, 2010, under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religion.
2010’s theme was dedicated to strategies, approaches, and methods of meeting the needs of students with a wide variety of learning challenges. Emphasis was given to math, science, and technology, as well as to the development of leadership skills and to the special needs of high- performing students.
31 top educators who came from the United States, India, Lebanon, Qatar, and Greece. Among the 20 distinguished presenters were, Dr. Cheryl Temple, Program Manager of Assistive Technology Services in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), Virginia; Dr. Michele Mazzocco, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the JohnsHopkins University, Director of the Math Skills Development Project at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Anna Sugarman, Professional Development Trainer/Coordinator (K-12) for Shenendehowa Central Schools in Clifton Park, New York, and Michael Soria, Executive Director of Education, TouchMath, Innovative Learning Concepts Inc., CO, USA. The keynote presentation was delivered by Dr. Sandra J. Peart, Dean at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, at the University of Richmond.
The presenters shared best practice and offered their expertise and invaluable insight on latest research and developments, acknowledging that differences can be a source of richness in the classroom, and that instruction must address these differences so that all students can succeed.
There was a strong international presence, with parents, teachers, and professionals attending the conference from several countries, including, England, Switzerland, France, India, Egypt, Lebanon, the United States and Greece.
ACS Athens is committed to implementing an inclusive, holistic American philosophy of education within an international setting. The annual learning differences conferences are testament to the school’s commitment to promoting life-long learning and to the professional development of the community of educators.