Sharath Jeevan

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2014
STIR Education


This profile was prepared when Sharath Jeevan was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2014.
The New Idea
Sharath is creating local ‘teacher innovator networks’ across India and Uganda as a strategy to empower committed teachers to collaborate and co-construct solutions to improve larger educational systems. He takes teachers from government and affordable private schools through a deep process to innovate, implement, and influence the spread of ideas to address the challenges they face.

Understanding that empowered and motivated teachers are key to educational success, Sharath is building a teacher-led movement for the change of educational practices and systems. He enables teachers to connect regularly and re-imagine their role in leading change in their classrooms and schools by spreading solutions they themselves designed. He also connects motivated teachers to a rich ecosystem of partners who can provide an array of further opportunities, skills, and learning solutions. Using positive peer-pressure, recognition, soft incentives, social networking opportunities, and partnerships, Sharath develops teacher changemakers who can innovate in their classrooms, implement new practices, and influence peers and policy-makers – all to improve student learning.

100% of teacher changemakers from his pilot in Delhi reported higher levels of motivation and self-efficacy. They also identified that improved opportunities for inter-school collaboration had increased their repertoire of effective teaching and school management practices. Further, 80% led change to improve the educational experience within their school. Sharath is now expanding these self-replicating networks through partnerships with the Government and citizen sector organizations to reach 30,000 teachers over the next three years.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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