It is my pleasure to welcome you to Platon School IB Symposium “Education Forward”. The title of the Symposium suggests a course, and a means to move forward; moreover, the need for progress in the doctrine of education. It also highlights the critical role of Education in our future. Through education we progress, we transcend ourselves, and we improve our lives by addressing the significant problems of humanity as well as the minor challenges in our everyday lives.

The IB Organization celebrates with us 50 years of International Education. Education that aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end, the IB works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

This year Platon School, the first school in Greece to offer the 3 IB Programmes from Nursery school to Diploma, celebrates ten years of IB Continuum Education in Greece and launches the Middle Years Certificate for Greek Students. The MYP Certificate enjoys international recognition and is among the highest certification that a 16-year-old student may obtain.  MYP graduates are assessed through an innovative electronic exam, that focuses on students critical and thinking skills.

The Symposium will offer insights on the way education is moving forward, both in Greece and at a Global scale, through the International Baccalaureate Continuum Programmes; and specifically, the programmes that cover Education from 3 to 18-year-old students.

The focus of the Symposium this year is the Middle Years Programme and the approach that the International Baccalaureate suggests to engage teenagers, in critical thinking, skill-based, and personalized learning. Through the IB learner profile, students are encouraged to become creators, to solve real-life problems, to effectively cooperate and start building a more peaceful future for their generation.

MYP education engages students in an inner dialogue aiming at identifying their personal needs and   prioritise the goals that really matter. These skills will later help them, make more meaningful choices in their university career. They acknowledge their learning styles and identify skills that they may apply in any examination scheme. Moreover, they learn skills that prepare them for university learning, research, communication, organization, reflection and metacognition.

I hope that this Symposium will be a memorable experience for all of you. And I want to thank you for participating and sharing the dream of a better education that will serve the needs of children today and will pave their way for a peaceful future.

I am looking forward to meeting you and move together Education Forward!

Vassia Papadopoulou

General Director

IB Continuum Coordinator

Symposium Programme

Session 1: Parents & Students

10:00 – 12:00
(Late seating at 09:50)

  • “360 degrees”

    The students of Platon School IB Diploma

    Thirteen students, 13 Diploma subjects, 13 clues, locked up in the abyss of an escape room! Knowledge and bare facts can never be enough; it is the manipulation of knowledge that would be the protagonist in future endeavors.

  • Vassia Papadopoulou

    General Director, IB Continuum Coordinator, Platon School

    Nikolas Papaefstathiou
    MYP student, Platon School

  • Maria Tsangari

    “MYP at Platon School”
    MYP Coordinator, Platon School

    Eirini Kamperou
    Diploma student, Platon School

  • Adrian Kearney

    “IB Middle Years Programme: Developing student skills and success”
    Director IB World Schools, IBO

     Paola Martini
    Diploma student, Platon School

  • Peter Fidczuk

    “Entry to universities in UK and Ireland with IB qualifications”
    IB Development and Recognition Manager, UK and Ireland, IBO

    Christina Kyrkou
    Diploma student, Platon School

  • Elizabeth Anne Zeller

    “Going Dutch with the IB”
    Senior Recruitment and Communications Officer, Leiden University College, The Netherlands

    Maria Karampetsou
    Diploma student, Platon School

  • Per Ahlberg

    Perspectives on the International Baccalaureate in Sweden”
    Professor of Evolutionary Organismal Biology, Uppsala University, Sweden

    Fotis Lachanas
    Graduate student, Platon School

  • George Pasias

    Skills in context for the contemporary world”
    Associate Professor of Pedagogy, Deputy President of Faculty, Faculty of Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology, University of Athens, Greece

  • Questions and Answers

  • Closing by Vassia Papadopoulou

    General Director, IB Continuum Coordinator, Platon School

Session 2: Academics

12:30 – 14:30

  • Vassia Papadopoulou

    General Director, IB Continuum Coordinator, Platon School

  • Adrian Kearney

    “IB: A unique approach to curriculum and assessment”
    Director IB World Schools, IBO

  • Maria Tsangari

    “Scaffolding Approaches to Learning in the MYP”
    MYP Coordinator, Platon School

  • Vasso Papadopoulou

    The MYPin the classroom
    MYP Language Teacher, Platon School

  • Peter Fidczuk

    “Recognition of IB qualifications for entry to UK universities”
    IB Development and Recognition Manager, UK and Ireland, IBO

  • Elizabeth Anne Zeller

    “Going Dutch with the IB”
    Senior Recruitment and Communications Officer, Leiden University College, The Netherlands

  • Per Ahlberg

    Perspectives on the International Baccalaureate in Sweden”
    Professor of Evolutionary Organismal Biology, Uppsala University, Sweden

  • George Pasias

    Skills in context for the contemporary world”
    Associate Professor of Pedagogy, Deputy President of Faculty, Faculty of Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology, University of Athens, Greece

  • 100 Mentors

    via the 100mentors platform

  • Questions to the speakers - Discussion

    Chair: George Apostolou
    Director of Cultural Affairs, Platon School

Speakers

Adrian Kearney

Adrian Kearney

Adrian Kearney is the Director of the newly formed IB World Schools division, which aims to provide excellent service to all authorized IB World Schools across the globe. Adrian has previously served the IB as the Regional Director in the Africa, Europe and Middle East (AEM) region, leading the team in The Hague and contributing to IB global school support.

Adrian is passionate about the transformative power of education and has spent his entire working life in the profession, first as an English language teacher in Italy and the UK, and then as Director of Studies in Oxford followed by 10 years in a non – teaching department of the university of Cambridge.

Per Erik Ahlberg

Per Erik Ahlberg

Education

International Baccalaureate, International School of London, UK 1982

BA (later MA) in Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK 1985

PhD in Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK 1989

Current and previous positions

Head, Subdepartment of Evolution and Development, Uppsala University, Sweden 2003-

Platform director (zebrafish facility, comparative genetics platform), SciLifeLab, Uppsala University, Sweden 2010-

Full Professor (lärostolsprofessor) in Evolutionary Organismal Biology, Uppsala University, Sweden 2003-

Researcher, Department of Paleontology, The Natural History Museum, London, UK 1994-2003

Departmental Lecturer (Vertebrate Zoology), Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK 1989-1994

Scientific supervision (PhD and postdoctoral)

Supervised 11 PhD students, 1996-present.

Adviser to eight postdoctoral students, 1997-present.

Prizes and awards for excellence in research

Bicentenary Medal, Linnean Society of London, 2002.

Scientific Medal, Zoological Society of London, 2002.

Lilly and Sven Thuréus Prize, Royal Society of Sciences in Uppsala, 2009.

Linnaeus Gold Medal, Uppsala University, 2012.

Other honours

Elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, 2012.

Elected to the Royal Society of Sciences in Uppsala, 2012.

Elected to Academia Europaea, 2017.

Elected to the Scientific Advisory Council of European Synchrotron Radiation      Facility (ESRF), 2018.

Vasia Papadopoulou

Vasia Papadopoulou

Vassia Papadopoulou has received a B.A (Hons) in Ancient History from the University of London and completed her Master’s Degree (M. Ed) in Education at La Verne University. She continued her studies at Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she specialized in multiple intelligences. Her 15 years’ experience cemented a valuable expertise in education, encompassing teaching middle and high school students and coordinating a wide range of academic curricula. The latter qualified her to serve as a certified, by EFTA, systemic advisor to a series of educational programs. She is currently serving as head of Platon School. In 2007 she pioneered, by introducing an innovative educational reform, never before in Greece, the International Baccalaureate programs tailored made for students aged 3 to 16. Her vision and drive involves the intellectual and cognitive development of students always in accordance with the growing 21stcentury modern school requirements.

Vasso Papadopoulou

Βάσω ΠαπαδοπούλουShe is a Greek language teacher with 25 years of experience in secondary education. While at Platon IB World School she focused her activities in the development and application of IT educational technologies. She has developed an interactive educational book for tablets on the teaching of modern Greek language for the 3rd grade high school students.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Greek Language Teaching (specialized in Linguistics) from the faculty of Philology of the University of Athens. She has participated in various professional development seminars and training. She was the key researcher and author in a conference paper entitled «Teaching modern Greek language in high school via the use of tablets» which was included in the proceedings of the «3rd Greek Conference on the Application of IT in Education», organized by the University of Piraeus.

Since 2007 she is actively participating in the MYP programme at the Platon IB World School. She is currently the Coordinator of the «Service as Action» activities.

Peter Fidczuk

Peter FidczukPeter is the IB’s UK Development Manager, and joined the IB in May 2014 after teaching for 29 years. Peter has three key roles:

1 To support schools interested in developing IB programmes.
2 To support existing IB schools in the UK.
3 To engage with UK HEI to support IB Diploma, Diploma Courses and Career-related Programme students worldwide with their applications to UK higher education institutions as well as advising schools, and working on university and government recognition of all IB programmes of study.

Peter is also the University Admissions Manager for IBSCA, the Association of IB schools and colleges in the UK. Prior to this, Peter was Assistant Head Teacher at Dartford Grammar School where, as Director of International Baccalaureate, he was responsible for ensuring that the 550 IB students succeeded in passing the Diploma and entering HEI. Peter led the school in its development of the MYP so that it became the first state school in the UK to be authorised for this programme.

Peter is an experienced teacher of Chemistry and Theory of Knowledge.

Elizabeth Anne Zeller

Elizabeth Anne Zeller

Internationally minded professional in student recruitment, marketing communication and extensive experience in higher education and international admissions, especially within the European market. Vast knowledge within the different European education systems and currently working together with different organizations to promote Dutch Higher Education abroad to students, parents and other external organisations. Resourceful leader, effective at implementing recruitment and communication strategies, and developing strategic enrolment plans, as well as project management.

Professional Experience

09/2015- Present 09/2012- 08/2015 09/2010- 08/ 2012

Senior Recruitment and Communications Officer – Leiden University College The Hague
International Recruiter and Admissions Counselor – Webster University Leiden

Admissions Counselor – Jacobs University Bremen, Germany

Conferences and Professional Development

2012-2017 International ACAC

Member for five consecutive years and part of the Communications and Technology

Committee. Presenter at multiple conferences.

2012-2017 CIS Forum
07-2011 – Summer Admission Institute – The College Board – San Diego, CA

Education

01/2014 – 06/2016 09/2007 – 06/2010 06/1995 – 06/2007

MA Management and Leadership – Webster University BA Integrated Social Sciences – Jacobs University Bremen IB Diploma – American School of Quito, Ecuador

Maria Tsangari

Μαρία Τσαγγάρη

Maria Tsangari attended Varvakeio selective school and received a Degree in Physics from the National Kapodistriako University of Athens. She completed her Master’s Degree in Meteorology at the Kapodistriako University of Athens. Her 25 years in education, teaching Physics in both middle and high school, earned her the coordination of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program, at Platon School. As of 2011 has been appointed IB school visit team member; participating in evaluation and program verification visits, in Europe, Asia, Africa and Middle East.She currently oversees implementation and completion of Personal Projects, an obligatory requirement for MYP Year-5; serving as of this year, Personal Project examiner.

George Konstantinos Pasias

George Pasias is a Professor of Comparative Education at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Since the 1990s he has been involved in many E.U.- funded programs on the implementation of innovative and pilot academic curricula in the Greek school, i.e., all-day-school, flexible academic zone, and school self-evaluation processes. He has many years of experience in professional development programmes of school teachers. He is the author and co-author of books and research articles published in scientific journals and proceedings of scientific symposia in Greece and abroad. His esearch interests focus on Comparative education, European educational policy and educational reforms.

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