Senior Consultant SEE Learning | SEL Consultant PTC Consulting | Wellbeing and Mental Health Circle Moderator Lean In Columbia University| Participant in the Master Practitioner Certification Program in Compassionate Systems, Center for Systems Awareness
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 (representing 7 hubs around the world) 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 this semester long course where they consulted nonprofits in education. As a teaching assistant at CPRL for a year, she supported her team in consultancy projects 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.
She spent the summer of 2019 working with the International Rescue Committee as their Lead SEL teacher for grades K-12 at the Refugee Youth Summer Academy. She was also a Research Fellow at the Lemann Foundation, Brazil. She moved back to India in fall of 2019 and has been consulting SEE Learning India partners on their Implementation plan. She is starting her consultancy and training of educators at PTC on social and emotional learning in June 2020 and is volunteering her time to moderate Columbia University’s Lean In Wellbeing and Mental Health Circle in fall 2020.