Bernadette Anand is both an experienced educator and professional developer in the US and within the international educational community as well. In New York City she has partnered with the New York City Board of Education and with museums and arts organizations to implement a “Content and Continuity” grant for the teaching of American History. Through her work with the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, she generated a unique multi-year grant that brought high school students together to research, develop and create a web based site that documents the historic Civil Rights Movement.
She has taught at all grade levels. During her tenure at Montclair, New Jersey, she chaired the Montclair High School English Department where she became known for her leadership abilities. Bernadette brought justice and equity to the development of culturally sensitive and inclusive high school curriculum for Montclair’s cosmopolitan and diverse community. In recognition of her years of leadership as a middle school principal the Montclair Board of Education asked her to establish a small community based magnet public middle school. Renaissance middle school still continues and is a district showcase of commitment to excellence and equity for all students.
For more than a decade Bernadette served as a faculty member and advisor in the General Education and the Educational Leadership departments in the Graduate Division of Bank Street College of Education in New York City. In the General Education Program she taught Foundations of Modern Education and The Teaching of Reading and Writing in the Content Areas. Besides teaching her popular Research for Educational Change course in the Principal’s Institute, students requested that she be their field advisor and sought her to mentor their integrated final projects.
Through a 2008 Fulbright she taught at Alagappa University, Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, India in the Department of Education’s M.Ed. and B.Ed. programs. While at Alagappa she co-edited The Joy of Teaching: Stories from In-service Teachers written in both English and Tamil. In 2014 she was awarded a second Fulbright grant to teach at CALORX Teachers’ University in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India where she worked primarily with disadvantaged students studying for their B.Ed. degrees and taught Qualitative Research Methods to Ph.D. candidates.
Her publications include a guide to doing oral history entitled Keeping the Struggle Alive: Studying Desegregation in Our town and, Off Track, a film that documents the innovative multicultural de-tracked ninth grade English program she developed and led at Montclair High School. She graduated from St. Dominic Academy and Caldwell College, both in New Jersey, earned her M.A. from Providence College, and received her doctorate from New York University’s School of Education.
Bernadette Anand, with her spouse Vivodh Anand, is regularly invited to Nepal and India to consult and implement whole school change. Working together through Progressive Educational Initiatives (PEI), the Anands lead and facilitate teacher development workshops and seminars on progressive educational pedagogy. PEI provides professional learning services around classroom culture and management, differentiated instruction, school leadership training for principals and vice principals, needs assessment and student engagement, critical and creative questioning and student centered learning.