Dr. Anjali Deshpande is a secondary math coach for Metamorphosis. Anjali holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from New York University, a master’s degree in the Science of Teaching from Pace University, and a doctorate in Urban Education at New York University, Steinhardt School of Education. Anjali has taught middle school mathematics in the South Bronx for a total of seven years, and has five years of experience teaching mathematics to high school students for a summer college prep program in the United Arab Emirates at NYU Abu Dhabi. She currently teaches quantitative literacy courses for two college preparatory programs focused on increasing access to opportunity for students from marginalized communities in the School of Professional Studies at New York University. She is a principal investigator on a three-year mixed methods research project focused on mathematics and growth mindset in high school. Anjali’s passions include studying effective assessment and feedback practices, the pedagogy of growth mindset, and helping schools identify ways to provide fair and equitable access to opportunity for all students and teachers.
Q: What are you most passionate about in education?
I care deeply about making math accessible, and I want to help students and teachers analyze our world quantitatively. I am passionate about studying the best ways to structure math lessons, and I truly enjoy doing math with students and teachers in my schools!
Q: What do you love about Metamorphosis?
I love that the Meta expectations for the coaches, teachers, and students all intersect at learning. Our primary operating principle is that we are never done learning. What makes us master coaches is not that we know everything there is to know, but that we continue developing our toolkits for learning and our dispositions towards wonderment and investigation.
Q: What do you want to influence in education?
I study the ways in which racism and oppression are reproduced in schools and society. To interrupt oppression, I believe that we must develop strong learning cultures in schools, structure learning experiences to empower ourselves and each other, and encourage one another to take careful risks when learning something new, especially when it comes to mathematics and STEAM subjects. I want to influence how we as educators think about creating the type of crucial learning opportunities that will help dismantle all forms of oppression.
Anjali is a strengths-based coach who really took the time to get to know my teaching style, understand my students and culture at my school. Her feedback was timely, actionable and focused. Through her coaching I feel that both the pedagogical moves and the content of my lessons have soared. In particular, her facilitation of lesson study makes the teachers feel as if they are the leaders of their practice and our entire math team felt like we benefited from her artful guidance!
- Shannon G., Landmark HS
Anjali makes me feel supported in a “real-time” sense. I feel that as tough situations in and outside the classroom have come up, and she has given me really purposeful coaching that didn’t necessarily give me the answer, but helped me to think through how I could find the answer myself – whether this was asituation with a colleague or finding a new way to teach important math content.
- Mikayla, NYC Public High School Teacher