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Photograph by Saira Khan

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Photograph by Petronella, October 2017,  NYC.

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A rally to support public education at the Arkansas State Capitol

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Reading about Wangari Maathai at a Caregivers for Justice meeting

 

 

 

 

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Hi there! I'm Razan.

I am an Educational Consultant.

(I am also a Traveler, a Writer, a Food Lover, and a Forever Learner.)

My Areas of Interest and Expertise include: Educational Equity,  Constructivist Methods of Education (especially Montessori + Reggio), Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, International and Comparative Education, Classroom Design for Optimal Learning, and Curriculum Development.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, a Master of Education with an Emphasis in Montessori Studies, as well as an internationally-recognized AMI Montessori Teaching Certification.

I offer workshops, webinars, consulting, coaching, and curriculum development services. I am currently based out of New York City, but my services are available worldwide via video chat. I am also available for travel.

You can contact me at info@razanabdin.com to discuss the needs of your community!

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My Educational Philosophy

            As an AMI trained Montessori directress, my own educational philosophy is deeply influenced by the work of Dr. Maria Montessori, a physician, anthropologist, and pedagogue, who developed a method of education in Italy in the early 1900s, while she was working with young children in a housing project in inner city Rome. It is a thoughtful, comprehensive curriculum, which emerged from Montessori’s work of studying children from all racial, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds for more than fifty years. Maria Montessori recognized that the child possesses within himself an inner teacher and has a mind that is able to absorb information effortlessly. The trained teachers (referred to as “directresses” or “guides” in the Montessori environment) observe the children and present lessons based on each child’s interests and abilities. The ingenious Montessori didactic materials are designed in a way that is self-correcting, which allows for the child to ultimately educate himself. The Montessori method is holistic in nature, as the curriculum is not solely focused on academic growth, but also emotional, social, and physical development. The goal of the Montessori classroom is to foster the child’s natural desire to learn, to establish the ability to concentrate, to cultivate independence—all in an orderly, aesthetically pleasing environment. It is also about raising capable, happy, socially conscious, and culturally informed citizens of the world. For more information about Maria Montessori and her life’s work, check out the Association Montessori Internationale’s website at: www.ami-global.org and the American Montessori Society's website at: https://amshq.org/.

     In addition to the pedagogy of Dr. Maria Montessori, I find myself profoundly inspired by the work of Psychologist Loris Malaguzzi, Founder of the Reggio-Emilia approach to early childhood education. Other notable educationalists and thinkers who have helped me along my journey toward becoming more well-versed in issues surrounding critical theory + critical pedagogy + educational equity are: Paulo Freire, Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, Dr. Donaldo Macedo, Dr. Sonia Nieto, and Dr. Paul Gorski--among many others!