Gopal Midha

Gopal Midha received his Ph.D. in December 2019 from the Curry School of Education- University of Virginia, Charlottesville. He was recently involved in a research on how school principals in India and the US responded to the Covid-19 pandemic. He continues to look for opportunities to work with international education and educational leadership programs in academia.


His dissertation analyzes how the everyday meetings of principals in high-need schools in Mumbai, India influence the development and sharing of professional knowledge within the schools. Among the key findings was the discovery that unplanned meetings of the principals comprised more than 50% of principal time and were crucial for accomplishing leadership responsibilities. [11/19]


In the five years between graduating from CIE and joining University of Virginia, Gopal worked with central and state governments in India to strengthen district and school leadership and teacher education, including:


* strengthening teacher education through a research facility to support the D.Ed, B.Ed and M.Ed programs and support professionals in India

* doing impact assessment of education programs through the lens of organizational strategy and educational leadership

* co-teaching a course on Educational Leadership and Management at Tata Institute of Social Sciences

* conducting workshops on Theater in Education using techniques from Theater of the Oppressed and Playback Theater [6/18]


Gopal continues to keep alive his interests combining theater and education which were encouraged during his graduate years at CIE. His CIE Masters capstone project on how educators could use Theater of the Oppressed has been downloaded over 21,000 times. Currently, he is working on updating the manual with other activities from improv theater and playback theater and publishing it as a book.  




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