Thursday, 16 October 2014 10:03

Global Citizenship, International Mindedness and the Challenge of Coping with Internal and External Change by David Gleason and Peggy Pelonis

The challenge of international schools is to educate students capable of moving beyond cultural barriers, tolerant of differences, resilient and able to cope with the myriad of changes taking place internally, locally and globally.

While adolescents prepare for a highly competitive world, the pressures of navigating curriculum, internal changes, friendships and activities can create pressures that increase their vulnerabilities.  Similarly, teachers responsibility to cover the curriculum, teach in innovative ways and address learning differences can further  amplify these pressures.  How do we teach students to cope and thrive without thwarting their natural developmental stages? 

This workshop will address the challenges of coping faced by students and teachers within the school environment, will offer a model of 'change' within which healthy coping can take place, and will provide participants with practical ways to address these issues and best prepare thriving global citizens of tomorrow.


David Gleason

David-Gleason2Dr. David Gleason is a clinical psychologist with over 25 years of providing counseling, consulting and neuropsychological assessment services within independent schools.

David earned a B.A.  in Psychology & Theology (1982) and an M.A. in Counseling Children & Adolescents (1987) from Boston College before earning a Psy.D. at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (1993).  After serving for several years as Administrative Director of Student Support Services (full-time psychologist in residence) at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire, Dr. Gleason opened his own clinical practice in 2000.

Subsequently, in 2002, eager to reconnect with an independent school faculty, Dr. Gleason joined Concord Academy in Concord, Massachusetts, as that school’s Consulting Psychologist.  In his private practice, Dr. Gleason provides psychotherapy, as well as comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological assessments to independent and international school children and adolescents.  In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Gleason has taught psychology courses at the secondary, undergraduate and graduate levels and has presented professional workshops and seminars at numerous independent schools and at several national conferences in the US, and at international conferences in Asia and Europe.

David and his wife, Amy – a math teacher at another independent boarding school – have been fully immersed in the world of independent schools as they have raised their three children while living on a boarding school campus. 

Peggy Pelonis

Peggy-PelonisPeggy Pelonis, a transnational psychologist and educator, is Dean of Student Affairs at the American Community Schools (ACS) of Athens (Greece), and founder of the ISOS Counseling and Education Center (Athens, Greece).

She is currently in the final stages of a doctoral education program, building on her years of individual and community services, and adding to her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and English Literature, Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, License in Family Therapy, clinical psychology specialization (NCP), and Executive Master in Business Administration. A Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, other post-graduate initiatives include Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) training, and specialist certifications earned from the Resilience Counselling Center, Harvard Training Institute, the Virginia Satir Network, serving on Middle States Association accreditation team and Chair of the Guidance Committee in the European Council for International Schools (ECIS)

Ms. Pelonis is the author of two books: 'Change in the Journey of Life' (Fytraki publications, Athens, 2001) and 'Yparho Allazo (I Exist, I Change)' (Isorropon publications, Athens, 2006) as well as numerous articles in international journals, book chapter contributions and magazine and newspaper articles on education and leadership and is a frequent speaker on TV and radio programs.  An active trainer of mental health and educational professionals worldwide, Ms. Pelonis conducts workshops on ‘Trauma’, ‘Coping’, ‘Change’ and ’Leadership’. Her work in these interrelated fields has been cited in peer-review journals, magazines and books.

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