Meet The Team
Sally Rabi, PhD
Dr Rabi is a passionate educator and ‘special-projects’ developer with extensive experience in educational reform, digitizing curricula, instructional design, content development, custom publishing and teacher training. She has worked with Ministries of Education and institutes of higher education across Europe and the MENA region on curriculum reform and professional development projects. She works closely with key education stakeholders, decision makers, international publishers and content developers on the customization and adaptation of resources to meet local requirements. Dr Rabi has a substantial track record in working closely with Ministries of Education and tertiary institutes of education on the analysis and development of frameworks, curricula and resources.
Dr Rabi is particularly interested in the utilization of action research in response to educational reform and the equal rights of accessibility to quality education in the 21st century. She has been working on initiatives to improve the quality of free on-line education resources offered to the global, regional and local community of digital learners. She supports equal opportunity initiatives to access best-practices, educational resources and successful education experiences.
Dr Rabi believes that education technology provides a global-solution to address accessibility to quality education, one of the main WHO SDGs. However, thus far, the upper hand in driving the growth in the field of education technology has been led by IT companies rather than being pedagogically or academically driven. Dr. Rabi believes that this is a crucial period requiring complete reform of education approaches and expectations, which can only be achieved through effective partnerships and collaborations between education practitioners, academic scholars, and technology experts.
Dr Rabi holds a PhD in Education with emphasis on education reform and professional development. She also holds a Masters in TESOL, Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelors in English for Specific and Applied Purposes.
A native of Colorado, USA, Zee Allawzi moved to the Middle East upon completing her M.A. With over twenty years of experience in the MENA region, she has worked in a variety of positions in the education sector. Her most recent position was that of English Teacher Educator (TE) and Teacher Education Professional Diploma (TEPD) Leadership Team member, responsible for Quality Assurance (QA) at Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA). Upon joining QRTA TEPD, Zee was one of 12 TEs selected to begin work on the development of the curriculum and overall structure of the TEPD in its first year of inception. As QA lead, a senior TEPD role, she managed the development, implementation and review of all academic quality assurance processes throughout the TEPD. She ensured that quality assurance regulatory issues were appropriately considered by all stakeholders. Zee also led and managed the production of relevant quality assurance reports and other documentation. Currently, Zee is working on her Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus on curriculum studies and teacher education.
Previously, Allawzi worked as a teacher and senior administrator in international schools in Amman, Jordan and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where she taught English, history and psychology at the high school level; specifically, IB and A-Level. An experienced teacher-trainer, Zee developed in-service teacher training programs for teachers in international schools in Jordan and Saudi Arabia. In addition, she has supported the delivery of teacher training for 3,000 Iraqi EFL teachers over the course of three years in Erbil, Iraq and Beirut, Lebanon. Other areas of expertise include curriculum development, program management and grant writing. Zee was also Assistant Country Director and EducationUSA Adviser for AMIDEAST/Jordan. Zee continues to serve on the Binational Fulbright Commission’s selection committee for various scholarship programs managed out of the Amman office. In addition to her native English and Spanish, Allawzi is proficient in Arabic.