Associate Lecturer in Instructional Leadership & Curriculum Development
PhD Degree from the department of formal education in Program Development and Teaching, (University of Cyprus, 2014)
ΜΑ in Educational Management and Programme Development – Educational Management (University of Cyprus, 2001)
Bachelor’s Degree in Pedagogy, department of Elementary Education (University of Patras, Greece, 1999)
Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Sciences in Primary Education (University of Cyprus, 1998)
Τraining Programme for in-Service Teachers (Pedagogical Institute of Cyprus, 1993)
Bachelor’s degree of Primary School Teaching (Cyprus Pedagogical Academy, 1988)
Principal in primary school Lakatameias C’ – Saint George from 2012 to Present
Principal in public primary schools (21st Limassol Primary School from 2010 to 2012 and Lakatameia C’ Primary School).
Assistant Principal in public primary schools in Cyprus, with teaching in classroom (E’) and administrative duties in multi-grade schools in Nicosia. (Primary School of Pernera Strovolos from 2004 to 2006, Primary School Agios Panteleimonas of Lakatameia from 2006 to 2010).
Teacher in Public Primary Schools in Cyprus during my service I worked in:
- Multi-session schools in the city and suburbs of Nicosia (Apostle Luka Strovolos Primary School, St. Mama Primary School) (1993 – 2004)
- Two-institutional school – Teaching classes A’, B’, C’ in Agrokipias Primary School (1992 – 1993)
- Single-institutional school – Teaching classes A’, B’, C’, D’, E’ in Fterikoudiou Primary School (1990 – 1992)
- Cyprus Educational Administration Group
- Commonwealth Command Education Association Management (CCEAM)
- Cyprus Education club
- Cyprus Pedagogical Society
- Literacy (Cyprus Reading and Literacy Society, founding member)
My interests from a research and professional point of view are related to the search for practices that facilitate the democratization of the school and allow the meaningful access of all children to the educational process. As educational choices are never neutral action the value orientation, the philosophical background and the ethical framework for developing pedagogical acts are never neutral, the focus of interest is placed on the intention to strengthen the readiness to recognize the values that permeate each choice and, on the other hand, to strengthen is awareness of their role in the development of educational policies and acts. Pedagogical leadership and the process of program development are key components of pedagogical operations which develops in a dynamic context of interactions permeating its content and mediating the effective pursuit of desired outcomes. An Anna reflective approach which empowers highlights the value and ethical framework of action allows the pedagogical act to receive is the orientation towards the quality of respect for diversity justice and democracy. The development of empowering programs describes the intention while educational leadership mediates to ensure the presence of values in the everyday life of school life. Within this perspective on values of justice and democracy are central themes of interest.
Roles and Responsibilities (including past roles and responsibilities)
- Member of the Refugee Folklore group “ΟΙ ΑΔΟΥΛΩΤΟΙ”, Siakalli (1983)
- Member of the Board of the Student Community of the Cyprus Pedagogical Academy (1985 – 1988)
- Participation in the activities of the Nicosia Provincial Committee, Π.Ο.Ε.Δ (1991 – 1992)
- Member of the Nicosia Provincial Sports Committee, Π.Ο.Ε.Δ (1996 – 2005)
- Member and President of the parents’ association of the public kindergarten of Lakatameia G St. Panteleimon. (2008 – 2010 & 2011 – 2013)
- Member of the Sectoral Committee of Directors, Π.Ο.Ε.Δ (2010)
- Michael, C. (2012). Misconceptions in the differentiation of teaching and learning, Online publication of a presentation on the website of the Directorate of Primary Education of the Ministry of Education and Culture, DEVELOPMENT – IMPROVEMENT OF THE SCHOOL UNIT, Quality of Teaching – Learning, http://www.moec.gov.cy/dde/anaptyxi _veltiosi_scholeiou/poiotita_didaskalias_mathisis.html, Published on the 10th of December 2013.
- Lambrou, L., Michael, K., & Nikolaou, D. (2013) The Olympic Education in Primary Education. From: Lambrou, L., Michael, K., & Nikolaou, D., Pelava, E. (Eds.), Olympic Pedagogy and Education: Theory and Practice of an Educational Process. (pg. 42 – 48). Nicosia: Publications of the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Pancyprian Sports Commission of the POGT. (ΠΟΕΔ)
- Michael, K. & Petrou, A. (2003) Homework as a factor in improving performance at school: the reasons why and how of a social contract. School and Pedagogical News (Newsletter of Primary School B’ Lakatameias)
- Michael, K. & Tsiakkiros, A. (2002). Proposal for an evaluation of the programme ‘Informatics in primary education’. In: Proceedings of the VII Pancyprian Conference of the Cyprus Pedagogical Society (467 – 478).
- Michael, K. (2006). Forms of positive feedback, suitable for all levels of education. In Pernera Primary School Initiative Writing Group (Ed.), I can learn so much more with your love and smile. (pgs. 88 – 115). Nicosia: Pernera Primary School Strovolos Publication.
- Michael, K., Savides, I., Stylianides, M. & Tsiakkiros, A. (2005). A transformative approach to the evaluation of teachers’ teaching: A proposal for a new evaluation system. In: Pasiardis, P., Savides, I. & Tsiakkiros, A. The Evaluation of Teachers’ Teaching: From Theory to Practice. (pgs. 215 – 235). Peristeri – Greece.
- Michael, K., Savides, I., Stylianides, M., Tsiakkiros, A., & Pasiardes, P. (2003). The evaluation of educational worker: a new approach. Pedagogical Inspection, 36, 60-81.
- Michael, K., Tsiakkiros, A., & Pasiardes, P. (2004). Proposal for the evaluation of the programme “Informatics in primary education in Cyprus” using the structural deconstruction technique. Educational Sciences, 4, 35 – 54.
Selective Conference and Seminar Presentations
- Michael, C., & Koutselini, M. (2013). Taking action for social justice at school: Co-developing leaders and teachers through a process of action research. Paper presented at ATINER 2014: 16th Annual International Conference on Education, 19-22 May 2014, Athens, Greece.
- Michael, C. (2014). Social Justice at School: Changing the school culture Through a Process of Action Research. Paper presented at EAPRIL 2014 Conference, 25-28 November, Nicosia, Cyprus.
- Michael, C., & Koutselini, M. (2013). Enhancing educational leadership and pedagogy for social justice at schools: Applying action research to develop capacity, Paper presented at PESTALOZZI Seminar: Enhancing sustainable democratic culture at schools: Empowering teachers through mentoring and action research processes, Nicosia, Cyprus, 27-29 November 2013.