Tanushree Rawat, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

Where are you from, and what brought you to UW–Madison?
I am from Lucknow, India, and I came to UW–Madison because of the highly ranked departments in the School of Education. 

Why did you decide to pursue graduate studies?
I decided to pursue graduate study to learn more about the best practices and nuances of being an effective leader in education and to build my skills to be an educational technology researcher. 

What was your most meaningful experience at UW–Madison?
Seeing real-life applications of the Wisconsin Idea in action from across the university, such as the Network Fellows program — where graduate students in the School of Education got opportunities to partner with practitioners in their fields and apply their classroom knowledge to real-world situations.

"I hope to study teacher practices around the use of computers and the internet, and how that affects students' learning experiences in schools across India."

What class or professor had the greatest impact on you, and why?
Through Dr. Rich Halverson’s class, Leadership and Technology in Education, I was introduced to the idea of the transformative potential of digital tools to improve education. It has shaped my entire graduate school career. Through this class, I learned about the various innovative uses of technology in schools across the U.S., while also building my understanding of how technology functions as a form of cultural capital.

What are your plans for the future?
I am an Indian citizen, and I am interested in Indian public schools and in documenting and amplifying the work of innovative educators. I hope to study teacher practices around the use of computers and the internet, and how that affects students’ learning experiences in schools across India.

You’re a UW–Madison expert now, so we must ask: Which is the best Babcock ice cream flavor?
Mint chocolate chip

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