The Curriculum Guide

Sandhya Nankani
Curriculum Developer/Writer

Sandhya is an AEP-award winning writer, editor, and K-12 curriculum consultant based in New York City. Her clients include the New York Times Learning Network, Scholastic Inc., Weekly Reader Publishing, Wright Group/McGraw Hill Publishing, and Holt McDougal. A graduate of Columbia University's undergraduate program and its School of International and Public Affairs, she has over ten years of combined experience in the fields of education, journalism, and educational publishing. More information is available at her blog and her website

Curriculum Consultants: Uzma Akhand, Naazish YarKhan

Publishing Credits

Student Press Initiative
Teachers College, Columbia University

The Student Press Initiative is designed to develop, foster, and promote writing across the curriculum through student publication. What makes SPI’s publishing program unique is its emphasis on professional development and curricular support of teachers in its partnering schools.

Founding Director, Student Press Initiative: Erick Gordon

Director of Programs, Student Press Initiative: Kerry McKibbin

Director of Production/Layout and Design: Jim Fenner

The Research Study

Muslim Youth in NYC Public Schools Study

The genesis for This is Where I need to Be came from the research study, which was directed by Dr. Louis Cristillo, from the Teachers College, Columbia University. With generous funding from the Ford Foundation, the Muslim Youth in NYC Public Schools Study is the first of its kind to represent the views of Muslim teens in a major American city.

Dr. Louis Cristillo