Reading Expert, Quality Instruction Towards Access and Basic Education Improvement (QITABI) Eva Kozma is a literacy expert and an award-winning author of Arabic children's books. In 2016, she obtained a PhD in Education from Saint Joseph University in Beirut, Lebanon. Her area of research is Balanced Literacy Approach in the Arabic classroom and reading attitudes of elementary school children toward Arabic as a mother tongue. Kozma holds a master's degree in educational psychology from the American University of Beirut with a focus on school guidance and counseling, and special education. Over the past 15 years, her research work focused on literacy best practices in pre- and elementary schools. She built the capacities of hundreds teachers, and several NGOs in the MENA region. She has published several books for children and co-authored educational books for teachers. In 2014, Kozma launched “Moubadara for Children and Youth Arabic Literature” with a group of prominent authors to promote reading in Arabic as a mother tongue. She is an affiliate member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the vice president of the Lebanese NGO Kibarouna for elderly care and protection.
Expertise: Arabic and English literacy; Arabic as a Second Language (ASL); teacher supervision and coaching; standard-based curriculum; differentiated instruction; formative assessment; understanding by backward design (UbD); educational resources; project- based learning; Reggio Emilia approach; special education; character education; anger management in schools
QITABI Teacher Coaching model: A sustainable model to reform teaching and learning in Lebanese classrooms
QITABI Individualized Arabic reading support through the early warning system
Teacher use of tools and uptake of strategies to address diglossia challenges in teaching primary grade children to read in Arabic