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Jal Mehta

Professor of Education

Jal Mehta

Degree:  Ph.D., Harvard University, (2006)
Email:  [javascript protected email address]
Phone:  617.495.3727
Vitae/CV:   Jal Mehta.pdf
Office:  Gutman 418
Office Hours Contact:  Not available for appointments at this time
Faculty Assistant:  Kevin Walsh


Jal Mehta is a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research explores the role of different forms of knowledge in tackling major social and political problems, particularly problems of human improvement. He has also written extensively on what it would take to improve American education, with a particular focus on the professionalization of teaching.

Jal is the author of The Allure of Order: High Hopes, Dashed Expectations and the Troubled Quest to Remake American Schooling (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013) and the co-editor of The Futures of School Reform (Cambridge: Harvard Education Press, 2012). He is currently working on two projects: In Search of Deeper Learning, a contemporary study of schools, systems, and nations that are seeking to produce ambitious instruction; and The Chastened Dream, a history of the effort to link social science with social policy to achieve social progress. He is co-editor of the Learning Deeply blog at Education Week, and in 2014 was the top-ranked junior faculty scholar in the Rick Hess Education Week rankings. He is also the winner of the Morningstar Teaching Award at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was recently awarded a Radcliffe Fellowship and will be on sabbatical for the 2016-17 academic year.

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Sponsored Projects

Deeper Learning Dozen's core support (2020-2021)
Silicon Valley Community Foundation

This grant would help to defray the cost of our fall 2020 convening of the Deeper Learning Dozen. Slated to take place in Kettle Moraine, Wisconsin, this convening will allow us to learn from the innovative work of Kettle Moraine as well as from outside speakers.

Transforming Teaching (2015-2017)
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Transforming Teaching is an organization housed at the Harvard Graduate School of Education that promotes the professionalization of teaching towards deeper learning competencies. This grant supports work to build a movement across many organizations in support of that goal, specifically by developing a shared strategy, language, and set of frames that would unite actors in support of these objectives. It also supports the development of policy papers, as well as partnerships with other key actors to develop gold standard practices in support of these goals. This work accelerates the Hewlett FoundationÂ’s goals of spreading deeper learning to more students by building the infrastructure, systems, and strategy needed to create teachers who can teach for deeper learning.

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