M.A. candidate in the Economics and Education program
Shivam Rawal is a Fulbright Scholar and an M.A. candidate in Economics and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a domain expert in education measurement, classroom assessments & evaluation and has extensive experience designing, implementing and managing several large-scale education projects in India.
Shivam’s first-hand experience of educational inequality inspired him to join the Teach For India Fellowship in 2017, where he taught 80+ students in a low-resource government school in India. The experience of working as a teacher in a government school for over 730+ days in an urban slum helped solidify his commitment to work towards the problems in his community. Leveraging this experience and creating an impact at scale, Shivam continued to work with multiple state governments, nonprofits, and schools to improve student learning outcomes through assessments and the capacity-building of education practitioners at various levels. He was nominated as a Global Girls Education Fellow in 2020 by Teach For All, where he learned about best practices in girls’ education as a part of the global cohort of fellows committed to improving educational outcomes for girls and women.
Prior to joining Teachers College, Shivam worked with Central Square Foundation, a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) backed nonprofit venture philanthropy focused on improving the learning outcomes of disadvantaged children in India. As a part of the Classroom Instruction & Practices Team, he consulted several state government officials and nonprofits in India to improve the quality of their program design, assessments, and teaching & learning practices to effectively implement the National Mission for Foundational Literacy & Numeracy - NIPUN Bharat.
Shivam hopes to use his degree and on-ground experience to transition out as an Education Economist specializing in the development & social impact. He exhibits a deep passion and commitment to serving the public sector by researching, documenting and generating evidence of the best teaching & learning practices in low-and middle-income countries, leading to better policies and practices by the world’s top decision-makers.