A School-Based Reform Project


TAMAM is a collaborative school-based educational reform project involving schools in the Arab World. Unique in the region, it presents a new paradigm for school reform.

About The Project

TAMAM is a project that combines research with development to bring about and support school-based initiatives for sustainable school improvement. It aims to build a home-grown theoretical understanding of effective and sustainable school reform that improves students’ learning and is grounded in evidence and in the cultural context of the Arab region.

Initially, TAMAM was initiated in 2007 as part of a memorandum of understanding between the Arab Thought Foundation (ATF) and the American University of Beirut. ATF has provided TAMAM with its long-term funding over four phases that expands from 2007 up until 2021. To get more information about TAMAM’s Phases, Vision, and Mission, see below:


What We Do

TAMAM’s name derives from its purpose: it consists of the initials of “school-based reform” in Arabic (al-tatweer al-mustanid ila al-madrasa). There are 6 Strategic Goals for TAMAM.

Project Team

The TAMAM Project Steering Team aims at building leadership capacity of lead teams for sustainable improvement through the TAMAM Journey, which consists of a series of stations that the lead team members pass through and learn from. The focus is to work on acquiring competencies related to the TAMAM Pillars, which are research-based principles for leadership and learning.

The TAMAM journey is a design for a learning experience for lead teams with the goal of acquiring a set of competencies to become self-directed leaders of their own learning, and also for their mentors to be capable of transferring this learning to their educational institutions to transform them into professional learning organizations. This journey is designed in a way that provides lead  teams with opportunities to learn and practice the competencies of the pillars and modify their attitudes so that they develop new habits of mind necessary for initiating change.

Traveling the TAMAM journey, is guided by a set of templates. These templates are a set of guiding formal structures developed by the Project Steering Team (PST). They are comprised of guiding points for lead team members travelling the TAMAM school improvement journey to reflect on and document the experience they are going through.

The Project Steering Team and TAMAM coaches work with lead teams to help them develop professionally and reach their potential. In parallel, they design research studies to understand and gain deeper knowledge of the processes taking place for development. Research in TAMAM is inspired by the team members’ learning and ongoing reflective inquiries. It is a “live research project” (Craig, 2010) and the PST plays a dual role of coaches, for individual, team and organizational development and of researchers.

The TAMAM Project Team of experts consists of The Project Steering Team and a Group of Consultants for the participating countries.

Dr. Rima Karami-Akkary
Director and Principal Investigator
Dr. Saouma Boujaoude
Co-Principal Investigator
Ms. Rola Katerji
Project Manager
Ms. Diana Sarieddine
Senior Coach and PD Specialist
Ms. Rayana Saad
Logistics Coordinator
Ms. Hadeel Dbaibo
Administrative Coordinator
Ms. Noha Chaar
Coordinator of TAMAM Lebanon Hub project
Ms. Fayrouz Salameh
School and Community Partnership Specialist
Ms. Rania El Hage
TAMAM Lebanon Hub schools’ coach
Ms. Yusra Khattab
Ms. Mariam Yamout
Research Assistant
Ms. Rayan Katerji
Ms. Nidal Jouni

Participating Countries

What's Happening?


Mailing Address:American University of Beirut P.O.Box 11-0236 / Department of Education Fisk Hall/ Room 245 Riad El-Solh / Beirut 1107 2020 Lebanon Phone: 00961 1 350000 Ext: 3116

Dr. Rima Karami: ra10@aub.edu.lb

Rola Katerji: rk14@aub.edu.lb