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 About the CRC

About the Chandaria Research Centre

Dr. Mira Gambhir (middle) meets with Raj and Minu Chandaria to update them on the plans for the Chandaria Research Centre, which has been set up in honour of Raj and Minu. Raj has served as Chair of the Branksome Hall Board of Governors, where his leadership and foresight were instrumental in formulating the school's strategy. Their daughter, Mallika, graduated from Branksome Hall in 2016.
We are excited about the Chandaria Research Centre's potential to change how we understand education for girls in the 21st century.

Research-based education
Branksome Hall deeply values the importance of supporting our community with research-informed practices. We have a history of integrating research into the work we do. For example, Branksome Hall is central to a long-standing study with Dr. Jennifer Connolly and her team from York University on bullying prevention. Based on this work, we have built a strong peer support program for students from JK – Grade 12.

In 2010, the Sleep Project was a peer-reviewed investigation into our students' sleep habits and the effects on learning. The findings have led to changes in our weekly schedule and affirmed our focus on wellness.

Our teachers are also engaged in self-directed endeavors that ask key questions about teaching and learning. For example, how do we integrate technology or innovation in math seamlessly into our curriculum. Inquiry is also the heart of the International Baccalaureate, a touchstone in the student experience from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Sharing and Collaboration
Going forward, the CRC will produce both meaningful and accessible research that advances girls' education. It will act as a hub of collaboration and creativity at Branksome Hall by supporting inquiry projects and sharing new research with the community—including our teachers, students, and parents.

By sharing research-informed ideas and findings, the CRC plans to make a positive impact on teaching and learning at Branksome Hall in Toronto, Branksome Hall Asia in South Korea, and beyond.

Collaboration is a cornerstone value for the school. The CRC also seeks to partner with schools and organizations on projects that complement our research priorities and advance the future of education.

We plan to share information and knowledge widely through conferences, partnerships, and publications.


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