Garene Kaloustian is the SEL specialist under QITABI 2, at World Learning Beirut. She holds a Ph.D. in Child Development from Purdue University. Among the various SEL activities under QITABI 2, Garene is currently working on the development of Lebanon's national SEL framework in close collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education as well Q2 research partner New York University Global TIES. Her work also involves the integration of SEL into literacy and numeracy curricula for grades 1-6. Garene has been in the field of SEL in early childhood education for over 10 years working as a researcher and consultant in both the public and private sector in Lebanon and the region.
Prior to joining World Learning, Garene was a professor of early childhood education at the Lebanese American University where she taught both undergraduate and graduate courses for 8 years; during this time, she revived the Early Childhood Education Lab School under the Department of Education with its original mission to serve as both an early childcare and research centre for students, faculty and parents; she served as director for 2 years working primarily on establishing the Lab school as an early childhood research centre.
In her role as a consultant, she has advised on development of several national ECE curricula with emphasis on the social and emotional component along with content development for a holistic pedagogical approach; she has led teacher training workshop; collaborated with government and non-profit organizations in implementing early childhood education curricula; and trained government staff in research methods.
Her research interests center around teacher quality of care, classroom environment, and children's social and emotional development. Within this, her work also focuses on exploring the diverse, unique and fragile conflict-laden context to better understand the cultural nuances that prevail in schools and how those impact children's social environment and their development.
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