Co-founder & Executive Director of Adhyayan, Kavita Anand is catalysing a committed
learning community of educators across India, to transform the learning of students. For
more than three decades as an educator, researcher, funder, school and system leader, and
now edupreneur, she has worked towards ensuring ‘a good school for every child’.
Kavita began her career teaching Psychology in Mumbai’s Elphinstone College. Her
curiosity about her students’ motivations for their life choices, became the reason for
researching school-based education. She helped spread the educational innovation of the
Aga Khan Education Service, India and then worked to expand the education portfolio of
the Sir Ratan Tata Trust. The experience was a launchpad for her own play school,
Kidz@Play, and for setting up the now renowned K10 School, Shishuvan for a private
management in Mumbai. In addition, she has been involved in school set up, curriculum
development, professional development, leadership and governance of schools and school
networks before starting Adhyayan.
In the last six years Adhyayan Quality Education Services Pvt. Ltd. (AQES)
(www.adhyayan.asia) has enabled 400+ schools across the country, to adopt stakeholder inclusive
self-review for evidence-based improvement, benefitting 4.4 lakh students in 11
languages. Over 350 existing school leaders and leading teachers are associated with
Adhyayan as a professional learning community of school assessors.
To expand exponentially on the scale of impact, Kavita co-founded the Adhyayan
Foundation in 2015 (www.adhyayanfoundation.org). The Foundation was commissioned by
The Delhi Commission for Child Protection to collaborate on the creation of a School
Development Index for 5800 Delhi government and private schools. The Foundation is
currently partnering with the Goa Government to design and deliver the Systemic School
Improvement Programme for its 826 schools for which it is supported by the Tata Trusts.
Over the last decade, along with her partner and co-founder, Spokey Wheeler, Kavita has
provided support for The Open University’s (OU) programme ‘Teacher Education through
School-Based Support’, (TESS-India), which developed Open Education Resources for
government schools and helped develop leadership resources for the OU’s award-winning
‘English in action’ (EIA) programme in Bangladesh and co-delivered a leadership
programme for IGATE, the World Vision and Open University’s Foundational Literacy and
Numeracy programme for 266 schools of Zimbabwe.
Kavita was an integral part of the international delivery team for the School Leadership
Development Programme (SLDP) curriculum with the National College of Teaching and
Leadership,(NCTL) Nottingham and the National University for Education, Planning and
Administration (NUEPA), which trained over 7000 government school leaders across 5
States of India.
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), UK, Kavita was awarded an Ashoka Fellowship
in 2015 for her single-minded determination to improve the quality of education in India.
Kavita serves as a member of the Academic Council of Somaiya Vidyavihar, which comprises
34 institutes, and is on the Development Committee of the Kapila Khandvala College of
Education. She is an IOE-LCLL (UK) Associate. She has recently set up INDIA ASCD, an
affiliate of ASCD, USA, with a view to enabling schools and colleges to gain access to
their vast research, publications and webinars.
She has presented papers on Adhyayan’s work at national and international conferences
and is an acknowledged public speaker. You can hear her speak at TEDx Talks, SCNC 2016
Conference of Budget Private Schools & Don Bosco Principal’s Conference.
- Co-Founder, Adhyayan Quality Education Foundation (AQEF)
- Executive Director, Adhyayan Quality Education Services pvt.ltd. (AQES)