Meet: Josh Brody - Sequoyah School
Full Bio: Throughout his career, Josh Brody has been involved in education and human rights in the U.S. and internationally. Josh worked in Jacaltenango along the border between Guatemala and Mexico coordinating human rights education workshops on behalf of local NGOs in partnership with the U.N. peacekeeping mission MINUGUA. Returning to the United States, Josh started a high school summer enrichment program for students from racial and ethnic backgrounds underrepresented in gifted and talented programs in the Pasadena Unified School District. Following his interests abroad again, Josh taught social studies and language arts, and became the principal, at a school in eastern Nepal. As an Echoing Green Fellow, 1999-2002, Josh created community-based education programs for people living in isolated communities near the Nepal-Tibet border. These programs included curriculum development, adult literacy classes, and facilitating the education of young women to become teachers in their own communities.During his years in Nepal, Josh was given the name Gajab Bahadur Gurung Lama (which translates as “strange wonderful thing”). His love of Nepali folk music led to the surprising result of national pop stardom. Known by his Nepalese name, Gajab Bahadur, Josh became the first foreigner to record original Nepali songs. He has released a CD and a number of music videos in Nepal. Josh graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado with a BA in Cultural Anthropology and earned his Master’s in Education from The Harvard Graduate School of Education where he focused on decentralizing school governance. He earned his EdD from the UCLA Educational Leadership Program. His dissertation research was on socioeconomic diversity in independent high schools. He has served on the boards of the Transformative Action Institute and Educate the Children International.Work Description: In the late 1950’s Sequoyah’s founders wrote “Sequoyah considers that each child has some contributions to make to the world, some means of adding to the world’s values, which is uniquely the student’s…Learning should include a focus on great issues, principles and values that our society deems worthy of the continual concern of its members.”Sequoyah’s high school students are expected to ask deeper questions, consider multiple perspectives, and apply what they know. Students are challenged not only to excel academically—to think critically and creatively—but to look beyond the classroom to practice the work of social innovation.