Approach: Learning and teaching is a way of being in this world that is at once reflective and active, present and empathetic. It is a deeply engaging practice that liberates and transforms us.

My approach to teaching and learning comes from my experience as an educator and academic training as a researcher. I work at the intersection of:

Building bridges and collaboration is  the hallmark of my practice. I take an integrated 360 view that begins with identifying the individual’s cognitive, social, emotional and situational location. Recognizing the power of diversity, I foster it by approaching differences with empathy. I support individuals by encouraging them to leverage advantages and work towards overcoming challenges. 

My goal is to include students of all abilities in a positive learning experience.


Teaching: Interdisciplinary,project based work is imperative to prepare engaged citizens who will look for innovative solutions to pressing social challenges

I teach students to think, learn and make with empathy. This is necessary to prepare them for an inter-related global digital economy where differences have to be approached and understood respectfully.

Build to think and test to learn aptly sums up my way of engaging students. Using tools both traditional and digital we take on challenges that have a positive social impact.

My studio practice is built on a foundation of drawing and writing. I urge students to do the same. We then build on these skills by experimenting with a range of media from print-making to stop motion animation and projects that include designing and prototyping prosthetic hands.

Download a  sample course description. Some of my work can be seen here and here. For a portfolio please contact me.




Krina Patel,Ed.D.

 As an experienced educator with a doctoral degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, I have worked in k – 12 classrooms, higher education and with organizations with global connections.
My recent work has been in the areas of professional development, technology integration and curriculum development. Currently I am working on the design of a new high school with a team of dedicated educators committed to democratic educational practices that include students of all abilities. I also write and report regularly on education, health and technology for various outlets and on social media.
For more about my research, writing and professional experience please contact me. You can find me on LinkedIn: krinapatelpositively and on twitter @positivelylearn 
Over the years I have maintained a studio practice. I am certified as an artist by the city of Boston. @stiramemory


Technology: Going beyond coding

The issues around the use of technology in K – 12 learning is complicated because its presence has become a reality. Up until recently schools were still debating if digital technologies should be allowed in schools or simply adding coding courses to the math curriculum. This is changing. We have to go beyond teaching simply coding to exploring new ways to leverage digital technologies.

Adopting a studio model, and interdisciplinary project based methods, I work directly with students on a range of projects that integrate traditional and digital technologies. A clear example is the recent project completed with high school students about the Bible, letter press printing and digital technologies. Yet another example is a curricular unit where we learn about anatomy, sculptural techniques and 3-D designing and printing to make a prosthetic hand.

A key advantage of technology in education is the personalization of learning that is now possible. No longer do we have to teach the same content to all students irrespective of abilities. I engage with educators and administrators to implement innovative curricula that leverages technology to prepare students for careers in a global, digital economy. Follow @positivelylearn to join the conversation.



Academic Analysis: Thinkers in the Kitchen:     Embodied Thinking and Learning in Practice (Journal of The University of Gastronomic Sciences, Pollenzo, Italy)
Writing & Reporting

Opinion pieces: If Obama Had Dinner with Gandhi (The Atlantic Essay)

AI: Healthcare’s New Superpower ((MedTech Boston)
3D Printing in Healthcare: Promises and Challenges (MedTech Boston)

Sample Posts:
Instant Camera Review

Digital Review Criteria

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My practice is based on a foundation of visual design and drawing.An extensive portfolio gathered over the course of a regular studio practice in India (Ahmedabad, Calcutta) and the US (New York and Boston)  is available.

Work includes drawings, illustrations, paintings, prints, photos, and interactive community arts projects.