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Massrat Shaikh – Educational Psychologist | Mindfulness Educator| Career Counselor| Provider for Learning Solutions.
Member of American Psychological Association.(APA)
Member of International Council of Psychologists. (ICP)
Member of Bombay Psychological Association. (BPA)
Member of Middle East Psychological Association. (MEPA)
Psychologist: I am an Educational Psychologist and edupreneur with deep expertise in the fields of psychology and special education needs (SEN). I am associated with Al Ahlam Training and Higher Education Services for more than ten years, and I am a consultant to most of the schools in Oman. I work in collaboration with schools to promote better services for vulnerable learners. I guide the SEN department in schools to improve the help available for students. I strive to bring inclusion, promote positive mental health and achievement for all children. My aim is to make all students feel safe, valued, engaged and purposeful. I provide intensive individualized support to parents and educators in providing the resources to reframe their roles in the lives of my students.
Provider for Learning Solutions: I have brought to Oman EdTech solution to teach vulnerable learners. Partnering with Scientific Learning and Pearson, I have made neuroscience-based learning solutions accessible to our vulnerable students in the community. SEN students suffer from learning gaps that are hard to fill and time spent in remedial learning is crucial. As an educator, I find ways of making a difference in shorter sprints. Ed-tech allows me to achieve learning gains faster than any conventional method. Since digital learning solutions have the potential to give layers of support that can accelerate learning, I have made this service accessible for SEN students and to help them meet their individual learning goals.
Mindfulness Educator: I focus on to continuously improve my work and enhance my services to effectively resolve the different challenges that our students and their families face. In recent years I have focused more on recognizing mindfulness as a tool to help my students and community members. Student’s capacity to learn is directly impacted by whether they feel emotionally supported in the classroom. Today, with so many young people experiencing stress, trauma, and isolation, I believe we need to equip ourselves with new practices, resources, and support to cultivate learning environments in which all students can thrive.
Advocate for Social Emotional Learning (SEL): To bring transformation in our education system, I have taken a role in advocating SEL in our schools. I see that SEL has the potential to transform our learning environment as well as provide us with tools for systematic change. Following the CASEL framework, I am trying to make SEL an integral part of education in Oman. SEL advances educational equity and excellence through authentic school-family-community partnerships. I see the importance of SEL in our education system as it can empower young people and adults to co-create thriving schools and contribute to safe, healthy, and just communities.
Career Counselor: Since I have been associated with higher education services at Al Ahlam from a long time, this made me realize the importance of structured guidance that our high school students need and how crucial it is for them to receive this before they embark on a career. Recognizing my role as a career counselor I have expanded my services to incorporate tools that will bring support for students in choosing a career path.
An Educator for Ecoliteracy: I undertake various community projects and one of them being increasing Ecoliteracy in schools in Oman. I believe in educating our children for a sustainable world. I provide free curriculum resources to schools and community members for teaching ecological education to children.
Speaker and Author: I contribute write – ups for local newspapers and magazine. My latest is a series of ten articles on Social Emotional Learning in Oman Observer. GESS also selects me as the speaker for upcoming GESS Leaders in Education EdTech Virtual Summit Dubai.
Psychological First Aid (COVID 19): To support the community during COVID 19, I have taken the role of teaching people positive coping. I completed my training from Public Health England to offer psychosocial care for my community members following the guidance of the International Federation of Red Cross on delivery of psychological first aid.
My objective has been to strive and better myself every passing year, to learn from experiences and widen my horizon. As an educator, I see that constant learning is an essential part of my life, and I will continue this journey, as far as I am in this role.
Where I Work
It has been more than 10 years that I have been part of Al Ahlam family. I joined Al Ahlam incredibly young, a fresh graduate and had a lot to learn. Kate Clarke, Managing Director of Al Ahlam, has been my support and my guide. At Al Ahlam, I found engagement and a culture of support where human connections flourish.
Al Ahlam gave me chance to become the better version of myself.
I found freedom to choose, and so much flexibility at work. This support helped me balance my priorities towards family and at the same time, find my work rewarding.
My time at Al Ahlam has been personally fulfilling as I could take up the challenge to try new ideas and always find encouragement for them. This journey with Al Ahlam has been satisfying as is evident in my work today.
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