Hi! I’m Eleni Vardaki.

I organized this summit, because I believe the well-being of parents, teachers and school leaders matters, if we want our homes and school environments to be healthy, happy places where students can thrive.

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DAY 1 RESOURCES

WINNING OVER THE DOUBTERS: CHANGING HEARTS AND MINDS

Who’s the speaker: Malcolm Nicolson, Director of Erimus Education.

In this interview you will learn:

  • strategies for overcoming resistance to change.

  • principles for classroom-based practice supporting well-being.

  • a rationale for putting well-being at the forefront of teaching and learning.

 

RAISING GRATEFUL KIDS

Who’s the speaker: Aurora Tamez, IB Coordinator and TOK Teacher at the Universidad de Monterrey.

In this interview you will learn:

  • how teachers can help teenagers to develop their self-esteem.

  • how an IB Diploma Coordinator in Mexico is working closely with her team of IB teachers to inspire their students to embody their school’s values of service, gratitude and kindness.

  • how to inspire high school students to be pro-active in coming up with community development projects.

HUMAN TECHNOLOGIES

Who’s the speaker: Toby Newton, Head of School at the International College of Hong Kong.

In this interview you will learn:

  • about a genuinely new perspective on ‘being human’

  • some practical advice on how to step back from and reassess the hurly-burly

  • the tip of an iceberg that could change your life!

DAY 2 RESOURCES

RELATIONSHIPS AND RESILIENCE

Who’s the speaker: Dr Sue Roffey. FRSA, FBPsS, Honorary Professor at Exeter University. Director of Growing Great Schools Worldwide. World-renowned expert on school and student well-being. 

In this interview:

  • you’ll understand what is involved in authentic wellbeing...and what is not!

  • you’ll learn about the micro-moments of healthy relationships and the difference this makes

  • you may reflect on what supports your own wellbeing and what you might do for others.

CONSCIOUS RESILIENCE THROUGH MIND HEART BREATH

Who’s the speaker: Marina Kastrinaki, Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Educator.

In this interview you will learn:

  • what emotional wellness feels like

  • about a powerful tool for building resilience

  • how we can grow our attention span, awareness and ability for self-kindness.

WELLNESS AND AWARENESS IN ELEMENTARY CLASSROOMS

Who’s the speaker: Bonnie Greene. Grade 5 Classroom Teacher at Cairo American College, and Circle Solutions Trainer.

In this interview you will learn:

  • about how using Circle Solutions in your class allows space for dealing with topics of worry, anxiety, and stress.

  • the power of introducing 5th Grade students to EFT (tapping).

  • why it’s worth starting to teach kids well being tools early.

DAY 3 RESOURCES

TAPPING AWAY TEST AND EXAM STRESS

Who’s the speaker: Nicole Dubruel De Broglio, founder of The Parenting Solution. 

In this interview you will learn:

  • how we can help our students and our children reduce test anxiety.

  • how we can increase students’ overall school performance.

  • how we can build stronger teacher-student and parent-child relationships.

WHY HOLISTIC INTELLIGENCE MATTERS FOR IB

Who’s the speaker: Eva Stavrinaki, Education Consultant, IB teacher and Head of Department at the St Catherines British School (IB World School). 

In this interview you will learn about:

  • engaging your students more.

  • improving your learning methods. ​

  • enhancing your Emotional Intelligence. 

CREATING A MINDFUL CULTURE WITHIN SCHOOL COMMUNITIES

Who’re the speakers: Nicolas Colasanto and Danai Papadopoulou, teachers and mentors at the Institute of Mindful Mentoring. 

In this interview you will learn:

  • about how Mindfulness would work in a school.

  • how Mindfulness would benefit students and staff.

  • why it’s important to cultivate a Mindful Culture within school communities. 

DAY 4 RESOURCES

HIGH ACHIEVING GIRLS AND SELF-BULLYING: THE SILENT EPIDEMIC

Who’s the speaker: Christine Arylo, women’s leadership advisor and mentor, three-times best selling author, founder of the Path of Self-Love School.

In this interview you will learn:

  • how to identify signs of self-bullying before anxiety, depression and disease hit.

  • how to transform toxic habits like comparison, perfectionism and obsessive worry.

  • how to teach girls to develop a strong connection with their inner wisdom so they can work wiser rather than harder.

HOW IS SOCIAL MEDIA ERODING THE SOCIAL LANDSCAPE OF SCHOOLS, AND WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?

Who’s the speaker: Phil Morgan, a career International School teacher. Director of Creativity/Head of Human Technologies at the ICHK, and a certified Lego Serious Play Facilitator.  

In this interview you will learn:

  • some considerations of the impact of the smartphone in the classroom.

  • different strategies for managing the use of these devices.

  • a strategythat was trialled at ICHK that avoids ‘criminalising’ phone use, and develops students’ awareness of their habits.

WHAT’S A YOGI “SMOKE BREAK”?

Who’s the speaker: Katarina Gleisberg. Educator, Adventurer, Connector.

In this interview you will learn:

  • how to feel a deeper connection to your body through yoga breaks in your daily routine.

  • how to increase your personal presence.

  • how to spread calm in your environment through yoga (on the go).

DAY 5 RESOURCES

IF YOU WANT TO THRIVE, YOU NEED TO MOVE

Who’s the speaker: Maria Karakostanoglou. Brain Gym Instructor. Specialized kinesiology facilitator. Founder of the Center of Kinesthetic Intelligence.

In this interview you will learn:

  • develop your focus skills.

  • increase your ability to think before you act.

  • empower yourself, by taking responsibility for the changes you wish to bring about.

YOUR DEFINITION OF YOUR WELL BEING CREATES YOUR FUTURE

Who’s the speaker: Nadia Georgiou, Certified Life Coach and Strategic Interventionist.

In this interview you will learn:

  • what is well being and the role parents play

  • when you know how your brain works you can successfully handle challenges

  • a three-part method for how to get unstuck

TRUST YOUR STUDENTS, TRUST YOUR CHILD

Who’s the speaker: Annie Vossinioti, IB Economics teacher and parent of two successful IB graduates, turned Yoga Instructor and Wellness Tour/Retreats Organizer.

In this interview you will learn:

  • about how the exam results of an IB Economic teacher’s students sky-rocketed, when she started focusing on her own and her students’ well being.

  • how we can strengthen our relationships with our students or our children.

  • an important self-care mantra that, as conscientious parents and teachers, we really do need to add to our well being toolbox.

DAY 6 RESOURCES

HOW TO DRESS FOR SUCCESS: THE LANGUAGE OF CLOTHES

Who’s the speaker: Marina Tzavellou, Image Consultant. 

In this interview you will learn:

  • how to shop smart so that you can save time and money, while looking your best and feeling wonderful, every day.

  • how each part of your outfit is like a word, and how your outfit communicates a sentence about who you are to the outside world.

  • about the benefits for your career and quality of life of learning how to present yourself correctly.

CHALLENGES PARENTS FACE IN THE 21st CENTURY

Who’s the speaker: Mark McAuley, International Education Consultant.

In this interview you will learn:

  • what the most important piece of information is that you need to walk away with, after each of your child’s Parent-Teacher meetings.   

  • why it’s important for parents to develop their self-compassion

  • how we can prevent students from developing negative coping mechanisms for dealing with stress, so that they develop the right life skills, instead.

DAY 7 RESOURCES

HOW TO ASSESS STUDENTS IN A MORE MEANINGFUL WAY

Who’s the speaker: Alexandre Hryszkiewcz. Leadership expert. IT specialist. Lecturer at Lille Catholic University.

In this interview you will learn:

  • how a university lecturer changed the nature of his assessment so as to move students’ focus from competition to collaboration.

  • how you can challenge the fundamental rule of traditional exams (the expectation that students do the exam on their own).

  • about two real-life examples of innovative assessment that represent solutions to the problem of how we can assess soft skills in the classroom.

FROM HIGH SCHOOL TO UNIVERSITY: LIFT-OFF OR CRASH-AND-BURN?

Who’s the speaker: Dr Alexis Mordoh. Clinical Psychologist. Lecturer for the Clinical Psychology Graduate Program at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens.

In this interview you will learn:

  • the dangers of a Helicopter Parenting approach (as well as what Dr Mordoh calls the Curling Parenting approach) for IB Diploma student’s future psychological well being and life, post-IB. 

  • why parents need to clarify for themselves the difference between their life goals, and those of their child.

  • how, as a parent, you can prevent your child from coming back from university with ‘clipped wings’, so that they can take off  successfully into this next chapter of their life.