Suchitra Sarda has 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. She is also a certified master practitioner for Compassionate Systems Framework, the SEL program founded by Peter Senge at MIT.
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 studied participants representing 7 hubs around the world.
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 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.