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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 is an acronym from the initials of the Arabic translation of the phrase “school-based reform” [Al-Tatweer Al-Mustanid ila Al-Madrasa]. In Arabic means good or perfect. 

TAMAM vision statement. TAMAM is an educational movement in the Arab world that promotes transforming schools into self-renewing institutions, with broad based leadership capacity for change working in a concerted effort through strong partnerships with research universities, policy makers and community members toward enhancing the transformative role of schools to graduate the next generation that leads innovation and change in their society. TAMAM educators are leaders of change enacting their collaborative expertise to generate knowledge that is grounded in the cultural fabric of the Arab region and that triggers innovative practices for sustainable school-based improvement. 

TAMAM started as a project in 2007 and has transformed itself into an educational movement that spans 8 Arab countries, serving more than 600 practitioners, in 69 schools with 32 researchers from 12 different universities, 32 coaches, and policymakers collaborating on designing and implementing impactful school-based improvement. 

TAMAM was initiated to address four key concerns:  (1) the absence of a culturally-grounded research based body of educational knowledge that is in line with international best practices and capable of addressing the challenges of Arab educational practitioners, (2) the lack of agency and preparedness among school based practitioners to lead innovative school improvement; (3) the compromised quality of professional development programs offered to Arab educational practitioners; and (4) the lack of accountability and evidence-informed decision-making at all levels of the educational system. 

 

TAMAM was fully 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. 

 

TAMAM vision statement. TAMAM is an educational movement in the Arab world that promotes transforming schools into self-renewing institutions, with broad based leadership capacity for change working in a concerted effort through strong partnerships with research universities, policy makers and community members toward enhancing the transformative role of schools to graduate the next generation that leads innovation and change in their society. TAMAM educators are leaders of change enacting their collaborative expertise to generate knowledge that is grounded in the cultural fabric of the Arab region and that triggers innovative practices for sustainable school-based improvement. 

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Research Lab  

TAMAM promotes research methodologies based on collaboration with educational practitioners who are actively engaged in leading transformational change aimed towards social development in their schools.

TAMAM uses emancipatory collaborative action research to generate research-based designs while capturing the best practices at educational institutions, building on strengths and honoring the sociocultural context of the communities they serve. This methodology allows for continuous refinement of the generated designs through an iterative process of experimentation informed by international research along with the experiences emerging from the practices of Arab educators. As such, the main contribution of TAMAM’s research goes beyond introducing internationally accepted practices to Arab schools towards triggering a paradigm shift in how reform is conceived, implemented and researched in the Arab region.

With that, TAMAM aims at contributing to build a contextually-grounded knowledge base on effective school improvement practices that can inform educational policies in the Arab region.

The progress and outcomes of TAMAM research are documented in a series of papers and technical reports published in regional and renowned international journals and/or on the TAMAM website.

In addition, TAMAM lead teams document their school-based improvement experiences in the form of reports that provide sequential narration of their improvement projects based on the TAMAM School Improvement Journey.

TAMAM research outcomes are also disseminated through participation in regional and international conferences.