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Hello! I'm Jayanti

 

I'm an education enthusiast - eager to provide engaging and holistic learning opportunities to all learners by reimagining the future of education. I’m passionate about Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) or the “whole” child development to prepare learners for life. I'm equally excited about enhancing learner skills and success by harnessing the power of data and technology, or investigating and disseminating effective strategies for strengthening our education systems to prepare learners for facing the unknown.

 

In the past eight years, my self-fueled passion drove me to lead many initiatives for children in slums, learning centers for migrants, and low-cost private schools in India. Business Operations, Consulting, and Technology, at the same time, has empowered me to use my skills interchangeably, and simultaneously see the bigger picture and intricacies of ground projects. I've worked on the development and management of initiatives, projects, products, and programs touching the spheres of education and healthcare across Europe, India, the United States, and Zimbabwe. 

 

Jayanti Bhatia

REIMAGINING EDUCATION

 

Email:

jayanti_bhatia@gse.harvard.edu 

 
 
EXPERTISE
 
 
PROGRAM DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT 

I've worked closely with the leadership and stakeholders on program design, implementation, and management for making a positive impact on children’s cognitive and socio-emotional skills. 

 

For instance, over four years as the program lead of national drives for child rights advocacy at Child Rights and You, I contributed to expanding the program reach. At ZS, I revamped our engagement with the partner organization (NeeV) from intermittent support to bi-weekly life skills and academic modules for middle and high-schoolers. At HGSE, I designed an SEL intervention and its evaluation plan, including design and measurement, to support preschoolers’ socio-emotional well-being and build positive parent-child relationships for families experiencing homelessness.

 
CONSULTING AND EVALUATION

I've worked with several schools and school districts to redesign their programming to meet student needs and to incorporate student voices. For one, I designed a framework to define the north star for their project-based learning curriculum and a set of enabling conditions to achieve the program goals as they built the plane as they flew it. For another, I, along with my team, proposed recommendations to enhance the quality of and access to after-school programming. 

 

All my projects have involved a common thread of understanding best practices from the existing literature, coordinating with stakeholders and partners to understand their challenges, and performing a needs assessment before designing solutions and proposing recommendations. 

RESEARCH AND POLICY ANALYSIS

I've worked as a consultant to the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Zimbabwe, for a policy research proposal on examining improvement areas in the competency-based primary and secondary curriculum to achieve the desired learning outcomes. I led the secondary research on teacher professional development, and along with my team, proposed a series of recommendations grounded in evidence from the in-country research. 

 

I'm well-versed with qualitative techniques such as interviews, focus groups, and observations to carve out user requirements, and am also comfortable distilling and communicating complex quantitative and analytical insights.

PROJECTS
 
 

While pursuing my masters at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a number of incredible education consulting, research, and design projects that have allowed me to grow. I hope you’ll enjoy viewing my projects as much as I enjoyed working on them. Go ahead and explore, and please don’t hesitate to reach out if you’d like to learn more.

 
Parents and Children: Learning Together - PAC Intervention
 

Taking an asset-based approach, Parents and Children: Learning Together (PAC) supports preschool-age children and caregivers experiencing homelessness in increasing knowledge of child development and parenting strategies, building positive family relationships, coping with stress, and supporting children’s social and emotional well-being. PAC is a ten-session, two-generation parent-child education intervention with three main components: training for parents, a parallel play component for children, and a parent-child dyad coaching component.

 
 
Project-Based Learning Framework and Enabling Conditions
 
 

This framework was designed for a school in Massachusetts to define the north star for its project-based learning curriculum and a set of enabling conditions to achieve it while they built the plane as they flew it.

 
 PIC Your Impulses - Playful Interactions to Control your Impulses 
 

PIC your Impulses – Playful Interactions to Control your Impulses (PIC) is a strategy designed to address one of the many key issues faced by preschool children (3-6 years old) and their primary caregivers while experiencing homelessness. It focuses on building self-regulation, impulse control in particular, and is embedded within a 10-week parent training and coaching PAC intervention for families experiencing homelessness.

 
Examine Improvement Areas in Zimbabwean Syllabi
 

Working as a consultant to the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education (MoPSE), Zimbabwe, our team examined the improvement areas in the competency-based primary and secondary syllabus to achieve the desired learning outcomes. Our discussions with the Ministry led us to our research focus areas of a) curriculum and syllabi alignment, b) teacher professional development, and c) learning area suggestions based on insights from assessment, that can be prioritized by MoPSE. Our recommendations aim to help MoPSE make more informed decisions and move forward with additional tools necessary to best implement and evaluate the new reform.

 
Somerville Public Schools: Out-of-School Time Programs
 

This paper discusses the role and importance of “Out-of-school time” programs, as well as the current provision of these programs in Somerville. We review the potential gap in current OST offerings in Somerville and distill from the available literature the characteristics of quality OST programs and challenges of expanding access. We present three case studies of successful OST programs in Los Angeles, Singapore, and Grand Rapids, and identify useful takeaways from these case studies for Somerville Public Schools. To conclude, we propose a series of recommendations to enhance the quality of and access to OST programming in Somerville. For the purpose of this paper, OST programs encompass both summer and after-school programs, however, we will be focusing primarily on after-school programs.

 
EXPERIENCE
 
 
Harvard Graduate School of Education

2019-20

 
 
 
 

Ed.M. | International Education Policy

Harvard Ministerial Leadership Research Program, Zimbabwe

Graduate Research Assistant at The Ecological Approaches to Social Emotional Learning (EASEL) Laboratory

Graduate Intern at Learning Innovations Laboratory (LILA), Project Zero

 
History Diaries

2018-20

 
 
 

Outreach and Relations

Co-Lead Partnerships

 
ZS/NeeV Learning Center

2013-19

 
 
 
 
 

CSR Lead | Education Program Manager & Partnerships 

Program Design and Management, Partner Engagement, Funding Proposals, and Milestone Tracking 

 
ZS

2012-19

 
 
 
 

Business Operations Consultant

Project Management, Product Management, Client Engagement, Operations, and Data Analysis

Operational Excellence Leader

Quality Ambassador

American Society for Quality Certified Six Sigma Green Belt 

 
Child Rights and You

2011-15

 
 
 
 

Dakshinpuri Community | Lead Volunteer

Community Engagement, Program Implementation and Management, National Awareness Campaigns, and Qualitative Research

 
University of Delhi, Hindu College

2009-12

 
 

B.Sc.(Honors) | Physics

Physics Department Editorial Team Manager

 
SKILLS
 

Microsoft Excel - Advanced

 

Microsoft Access - Intermediary

 

Power Point - Advanced

 

Spanish - Elementary

 

STATA - Intermediary

 

Oracle SQL - Advanced

 

Tableau - Intermediary

 

Agile Methodologies - Intermediary

 
AFFILIATIONS
 
 
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“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.”
 

John Dewey 

 
 
 
 
CONTACT ME

Jayanti Bhatia

Reimagining Education

 

Email:

jayanti_bhatia@gse.harvard.edu 

 
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