Suchitra Sarda

Research Fellow | Lemann Foundation | Lead SEL Teacher | International Rescue Committee
Research Assistant CORE TEAM


Suchitra Sarda has significant years of leadership experience in K-12, higher education, education consultancy and teacher coaching. She has a master’s in International Education Development from Teachers College, Columbia University and a post graduate diploma in Business Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

At Teachers College, she engaged in exploring and understanding compassion, social emotional learning (SEL), mindfulness and systems thinking in schools, development work, refugee context and international institutions. Her master’s project in the Compassionate Systems Framework elucidated this exploration. Through the project on the Compassionate Systems Framework, she researched what participants of the Introductory Workshop understood by  Compassionate Systems Framework. She looked at the experience of new and experienced users of the framework and shared insights for future research.

Strategy and planning have been central to her work. As the trustee of a K-12 school in India, she implemented the strategic change from the state curriculum of a low-income private school to the International Baccalaureate (IB) and International General Certificate Examination (IGCSE) so that they could focus on inquiry learning. She was actively involved in operationalizing the instructional and administrative changes. She has also founded, managed and taught in an English Language Institute.

Suchitra’s experience at the Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL), Columbia Law School, prepared her to work in the educational space in America.  She dabbled in American education policy in her semester long course where they consulted nonprofits in education. As a teaching assistant at CPRL, she collaborated with a team where they advised on the implementation of a district-wide social and emotional learning program and helped a foundation establish community ties and develop continuous learning and improvement institutes and workshops for nonprofit leaders in education.

Currently she is working with the International Rescue Committee as their Lead SEL teacher for grades K-12 at the Refugee Youth Summer Academy. She is also a Research Fellow at the Lemann Foundation. After this summer, she would like to work for organizations where there is an alignment of values and she can use the range and depth of her experience, qualifications and apply the Compassionate Systems Framework.