Sujata Bhatt joins Transcend Education as a Senior Fellow. She works with school partners across Transcend's national portfolio of R&D projects and develops strategic avenues for Transcend's future evolution. She also serves on the board of the Mastery Transcript Consortium and is an instructor and mentor in the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education’s Education Entrepreneurship Program. Her mission is to create equitable access to innovation to enable all young people to thrive in a changing world.
Prior to Transcend, she served as Managing Partner of Innovation for the Boston Public Schools, where she developed and implemented innovation strategy for the nation's oldest school district. Her work included fostering a district- and ecosystem-wide culture of innovation, empowering innovation networks, launching a secondary schools innovation incubator, school redesign and personalized learning pilots, new school/program models, and connecting BPS with national innovation communities in academia, education, and tech. She also founded of The Incubator School, which, during its four-year tenure, was one of the most diverse, high performing schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. A middle-high school focused on equity and entrepreneurship, The Incubator School model centered on real world impact projects—including launching startups in 8th grade—supported by blended and social emotional learning. Her work draws upon her 14 years' teaching experience, including National Board certification, and 21 years’ parenting experience. She has advised numerous edtech companies, as well as been on the founding teams of two. In addition, she has served on the Joan Ganz Cooney Center’s Games and Learning Publishing Council, and written and spoken extensively on educational transformation.
She received her B.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in Medieval History from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and was a Junior Fellow at the Society of Fellows at Harvard. She lives in Oakland, California.