TAMAM: A School-Based Reform Model

TAMAM is an educational movement in the Arab region that resulted from a memorandum of understanding between the Arab Thought Foundation (ATF) and the American University of Beirut (AUB). TAMAM’s name derives from its purpose: it consists of the initials of “school-based reform” in A rabic (al-tatweer al-mustanid ila al-madrasa).

TAMAM is an educational movement in the Arab region to bring about and support school-based initiatives for sustainable improvement with the aim of improving student learning.  TAMAM presents a unique paradigm for school reform in the Arab region inviting educators to lead educational reform through combining research with development where they initiate improvement while generating knowledge to build a home-grown theoretical understanding of effective and sustainable school reform that is grounded in evidence and in the cultural context of the Arab region. TAMAM was initiated in 2007 and is directed by Dr. Rima Karami since 2015 with a Steering Team of 11 researchers, designers, and consultants leading the research and development activities of TAMAM. To get more information about TAMAM’ s vision, mission, strategic goals, and phases, press (more…)

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). The TAMAM project consists of a design for building leadership capacity among lead teams of practitioners to work on sustainable school-based improvements. TAMAM professional development activities center around a job-embedded design: the TAMAM school improvement journey. The TAMAM journey is a design for a learning experience for lead teams with the goal of acquiring a set of competencies related to the TAMAM Pillars. To get more information about TAMAM’s school improvement journey and competencies, press (more…)
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 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, an Advisory Committee, and a Group of Expert Coaches for the participating countries.

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

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