Sudha Govindswamy

Sudha Govindswamy is a School Support & Evaluation Officer with CIS, based in Dubai, UAE. Sudha began her international education career in 1998 and has taught students in elementary, middle and high school (IB Diploma students). She has wide-ranging experience as a teacher and in administrative positions and her particular interests are in the areas of STEM, Curriculum and Instruction, Development of Teacher Leadership and Strategic Planning. A strong believer in school improvement through internationally benchmarked standards, she has been serving in the capacity of CIS Affiliate Consultant since 2015, in which capacity has been supporting school improvement initiatives in international schools across 10 countries including the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bangkok, India, Egypt, and the United States.

Fuelled by her passion in inter-disciplinary teaching fostering deep conceptual understanding, she certified with Dr. Lynn Erickson on concept-based curriculum and instruction (2012) and since then has led many teacher development programmes in curriculum and instruction in International Baccalaureate (IB) and American curriculum schools. Sudha has also been involved in curriculum development research initiatives with the IB and has served as a Curriculum Reviewer in the Building a Quality Curriculum Pilot Project (Bethesda, Maryland USA) and more recently was commissioned by the IB to develop the IB- Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Report (2015) to support American schools in the United States engaged in the dual implementation of the IB and the NGSS.

Experienced and knowledgeable in strategic planning and development, she has been involved in various capacities to support international school leaders in school improvement initiatives that lead to accreditation through the Council of International Schools (CIS), New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Middle States Association (MSA). She has also worked extensively on leading school inspection visits from the Knowledge and Human Development Authority in Dubai since 2007, and has presented at the KHDA “What Works” convention on leadership and teaching and learning.

Sudha holds a PGCE from the University of Sunderland in the UK and completed her doctorate in education at the University of Bath, UK. Sudha presented her research findings in 2015 at the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (AAACS) at George Washington University, and has presented widely at international conferences for the last 10 years. A strong proponent of equity in education, Sudha has now been invited to serve as a member of the AAACs Task Force. The Task Force strives to translate curriculum studies work outside of North America, particularly to highlight curriculum work from the diaspora that are not in the mainstream. She is currently involved in a research project “Intercultural Studies in New Teacher Education—From Classroom Teacher to Teacher Educator”. This research project, in collaboration with teacher educators in England and West Indies, seeks to explore and capture critical insights and experiences of beginning teacher educators from Jamaica, England, and the Middle East.

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