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 an inquiry-based project at two levels: First, it promotes inquiry and evidence-based decision-making at the school level while building capacity for improvement. Second, it aims at developing a theory of change by investigating factors which hinder or enhance educational change in the Arab schools.

Funded by the Arab Thought Foundation, TAMAM was launched in 2007 on the basis of a memorandum of understanding signed between the Foundation and the American University of Beirut. To get more information about TAMAM’ s Phases, Vision, and Mission.


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 5 Strategic Goals for TAMAM.

Project Steering Team

Professional development in TAMAM aims at building capacity of school teams through the TAMAM Journey, which is a series of stations that the school team members pass through and learn from. The focus is to work on acquiring competencies related to the TAMAM Pillars which represent the project’s “standard guidelines”.

They are acquired and developed throughout the TAMAM journey when teams choose their school improvement need, set their improvement goals, design their intervention, plan their implementation, monitor and evaluate their work. The work of schools is guided by the TAMAM templates. The use of these templates means that the schools are simultaneously documenting their practices and their progress, and providing the PST and coaches with valuable data that can be used for: (1) monitoring, during the journey; and (2) evaluation, at the conclusion of the journey. These templates are solidly calibrated in relation to the pillars and the journey. The Project Steering Team (PST) and the project’s coaches provide support to the school teams as they go through the entire stages of the TAMAM journey to experientially acquire the TAMAM competencies.

Research in TAMAM is inspired by the team members’ learning and on-going reflective inquiries. It is a “live research project” (Craig, 2010) and its PST plays a dual role: that of coaches, for individual, team, and organizational development and that of researchers.

The Co-Principal Investigators/Project Co-Directors

Dr. Saouma Boujaoude
Professor of Science Education
Dr. Rima Karami-Akkary
Associate Professor of Educational Leadership

The Executive Team

Ms. Rola Katerji
Project Manager
Ms. Diana Sarieddine
New Countries Coordinator
Ms. Rayana Saad
Logistics Coordinator
Ms. Noha Chaar
Researcher and coordinator of TAMAM Lebanon Hub project
Ms. Rania El Hage
TAMAM Lebanon Hub schools’ coach
Ms. Hadeel Dbaibo
Outreach Coordinator
Ms. Fayrouz Salameh
Expert in establishing partnerships between the school and the community
Ms. Samaya Mansour
Researcher and student leadership expert


Ms. Yusra Khattab


Ms. Mary Saad

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

Rima Karami: ra10@aub.edu.lb

Rola Katerji: rk14@aub.edu.lb

Noha Chaar: ny24@aub.edu.lb   

Rayana Saad: rs126@aub.edu.lb