Jal Mehta ’95, was recently honored with the Morningstar Family Teaching award at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The award is presented annually to a faculty member for his or her generosity in providing time and support to students. The award includes a $5,000 prize and recognition on a plaque hung on campus. Mehta was nominated along with 46 other faculty members, with 217 students making nominations.
Upon learning he had been chosen for this award, Mehta wished to express his gratitude to those who have affected his past and continued learning. “I want to thank my alma mater, The Park School, which gave me my first exposure to good education, and my undergraduate concentration in Social Studies, which modeled the power of broad-ranging intellectual investigation. I am also particularly indebted to those I have taught with, past and present,” he said.
Mehta’s research focuses on what it would take to create high quality schooling at scale and the professionalization of teaching. His most recent book, The Allure of Order: High Hopes, Dashed Expectations and the Troubled Quest to Remake American Schooling, explores the last century of education reform in the United States and discusses why certain reform efforts — including No Child Left Behind — have been less than successful.
Currently, he is working on two projects: The Chastened Dream, a history of the effort to link social science with social policy to achieve social progress; and In Search of Deeper Learning, a contemporary study of schools, systems, and nations that are seeking to produce ambitious instruction.
Last month Mehta received the American Education Research Association’s Emerging Scholar Award by the Educational Change SIG of AERA. This award is presented to an individual or individuals who, within the first eight years of the postdoctorate career as an educational scholar, have demonstrated a strong record of original and significant scholarship related to educational change.Back to The Latest
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