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Sarah M. Fine is an advanced doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she collaborates with Jal Mehta on a long-term ethnographic study of secondary schools that are striving to enact deep learning for all of their students. Prior to starting her doctoral studies, she worked as a teacher and instructional coach at an urban charter high school in the District of Columbia, and as a freelance education journalist. While at Harvard she has helped to design and teach several undergraduate and graduate courses about K-12 educational issues; she also has worked as an embedded consultant to the leadership team of a K-12 charter school, supporting its efforts to create deeper learning experiences for students. Her work has appeared in a diverse array of publications, including The Washington Post, Education Week, Educational Leadership, and Phi Delta Kappan, as well as academic venues including the Journal of Educational Change and the Harvard Educational Review. With any luck, both her dissertation (which follows the change process at a school with emergent commitments to deep learning) and her coauthored book with Professor Mehta (chronicling their four years of research on deep learning in 30 American high schools) will be finished by the close of the 2016-17 academic year. Sarah holds an A.B. from Harvard College, an M.A. from the Bread Loaf School of English, and an M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.