Fourth Coaches Meeting
The three day Coaches Meeting comprised a range of activities that included a poster session, concurrent sessions for coaches and researchers, and World Café discussion sessions as well as presentations by local and international university professors. Attendees included coaches, university professors, independent researchers, graduate students as well as educators interested in researching the TAMAM’s initiative. Throughout, action research was introduced as a tool for sustainable and impactful school improvement while highlighting TAMAM’s focus on collaborative and emancipatory action research.
On the first day, Dr. Rima Karami presented TAMAM as a “research lab” aiming at generating an understanding of impactful school based improvement. She further highlighted the three dimensions TAMAM targets to achieve transformational change at: the educational practitioner, the professional development program, and the organizational structure. During the poster session, coaches shared their coaching experiences with the different schools and exchanged expertise with the attendees. The day concluded with a closed discussion session where TAMAM coaches reflected on TAMAM’S strategic goals and suggested activities to achieve them.
The second day opened with Dr. Coby Meyers, Dr. Suzanne Bourjeili, and Dr. Rima Karami presenting action research as an effective tool for school improvement and for building knowledge on school improvement especially within the context of our Arab region. This was followed by parallel sessions focusing on research and coaching respectively. During the research session, TAMAM team extended a call for collaboration to colleagues, graduate students and interested independent researchers to examine the TAMAM experience and extract lessons to be shared with the larger educational community.
On the last day of the Coaches Meeting, participants discussed the means for sustaining TAMAM as an educational movement and enhancing its impact. The attendees (coaches and visitors) were invited to practice how to advocate for TAMAM and offered suggestions on how to enhance its visibility. The Coaches Meeting concluded with participants sharing their appreciation with the Steering Team and expressing their renewed commitment to TAMAM educational movement’s vision. Here is the link for the Facebook Post