Deep's work has always been about solving difficult problems with knowledge, imagination, and optimism.
Deep Sran has been on a mission to improve how education is done, so it can be the engine of human freedom and dignity, a robust democracy, economic opportunity and equity, and a sustainable, peaceful world. His work has always been about solving difficult problems with knowledge, imagination, and optimism.
Deep’s parents emigrated from India over 50 years ago. His father was a refugee during India’s partition. Both parents arrived in an America that was a land of opportunity for many Americans and new immigrants, yet a place of racial division and injustice for those still excluded from the American Dream. Born and raised in Montgomery County, Maryland, Deep often felt like an outsider growing up -- and this experience made all the difference in his understanding of the potential and promise of America. He was able to see the differences and common ground between cultures and faiths, and he learned to avoid the many ways in which people can divide ourselves from one another. More than anything, he learned why America is the greatest nation on the planet, and must be a model for the world.
Deep has been an educator his entire adult life, and his experience has shown him that students thrive when teachers have the power to decide what happens in the classroom. In a moment when politicians, corporations, and technological developments are stripping teachers of their autonomy, Deep founded and runs a school, Loudoun School for the Gifted, based on the premise that the adults who know their subjects and their students best should lead the way. By showing what is possible in his private school, Deep hopes to build the case for greater teacher autonomy where it is regularly under attack: in our public schools.
Starting a private school gave Deep and his fellow teachers professional freedom to design a better way to engage, inspire, and educate secondary students. The school exists as a lab for best practices that can inform what other schools are doing. In an effort to share what we are learning with more students, and in so doing to promote equity, Deep co-founded Actively Learn, an educational technology company to develop reading technology to promote deeper learning in every classroom, including those in urban and rural schools without rich libraries for their students.
Deep holds a degree in political science from University of Maryland and attended law school at Georgetown University. He was previously a corporate attorney for large firms in Baltimore and Chicago. He left private legal practice to study how children learn and to work on a Ph.D. in Human Development at University of Maryland.
Deep was also recently a columnist for Loudoun Now, where he shared his thoughts on education and democracy.