Differentiated Instruction One to One, in Mixed-Ability Classrooms

An open lecture by
Alexandros Papandreou, Chairman at Charismatheia

When: Monday, 15 October, 17:00-19:00

Where: Center for the Arts Auditorium

Organized by: The Graduate Master Class Series, School of Graduate and Professional Education

To reserve your place please contact Ms. Maria Kritikou via email: [email protected] or telephone: 210 6009800 ext. 1210

Lecture Description

We could have education which addresses children separately. An education that helps them cultivate their skills, so that they can reach their full potential. An education where we all fit. A school with personality. The school can become as it should be: A place where all children will find space for self-expression, develop their skills, acquire knowledge, but will also meet their emotional needs. An education that places the school in the society and society in the school. An education built with humor, imagination, giving away experiences. A beautiful journey, with challenge, difficulty, surprise, always offering the feeling of satisfaction and fulfilment to the travelers at the end, along with a treasure of thoughts, moments, images, scents and tastes.

Is it possible for a gardener to look after all the flowers in the same way?  Is it possible for a Mediterranean plant to flourish under the tropical climate? Similar to the flowers, children have different needs, therefore differentiated instruction is essential. We can offer personalized level of instruction to each child, without depriving him/her of the advantages of class instruction.  Creativity and critical thinking, cooperation and autonomy are the qualities today’s students are asked to conquer.

To reserve your place please contact Ms. Maria Kritikou via email: [email protected] or telephone: 210 6009800 ext. 1210

Alexandros Papandreou

Alexandros Papandreou is an Electrical and Computer Engineer and fellow PhD candidate at the National Research Centre of Natural Sciences “Democritus’’ at Computational Intelligence Laboratory. He is the founder of the non-profit organization “Charismatheia’’ and a differentiated instruction counsellor at an international school (IB). As of 2012, he has set up and managed the first programs which apply differentiated instruction aimed at gifted children in Greece. He was vice president of the Greek Mensa (2011-2014), a member of the International Mensa Gifted Youth Committee (2012-2016) and Leadership Ambassador (2014-2015). Alexandros has received a distinction at the Educational Awards twice, as well as at the Ashoka Impact program for his initiative regarding the creation of an organization which has such an impact on education, and was an official invitee at the first Global Change Leaders at Lyon.

Alexandros is the founder of the Learning Out of the Box Company which provides online innovative educational programs for children. For this initiative he received a distinction at the EGG entrepreneurship competition, hosted by Eurobank and Corallia, which has hosted the company for the last 3 years. He has also been awarded by the Hellenic Initiative, has received first prize at the Business Angel Awards, and first prize at the innovation competition organized by the Innovation Unit of the Economics University of Athens and he was a finalist at the MIT Entrepreneurs Forum. He also mentors numerous start-up companies and is a mentor for the educational programs of Eurobank. He designs and teaches courses, gives lectures, teacher training, counseling to parents and coaching to young people and children. His interests include algorithms, philosophy, physics, travelling, novel writing and directing. Alexandros has numerous publications in scientific journals, presentations at international conferences, published articles and one Ted talk.