Deborah with Kids

Deborah Bond-Upson, M.Div., Chief Education Officer

Intrepid education innovator, Deborah Bond-Upson, has been writing stories all her life. At Swarthmore College, she was an English Literature major and taught in West Philadelphia schools. After graduation she embarked on an MFA in painting and ceramics in Mexico before beginning seminary at Starr King School for the Ministry.

An ordained minister, Deborah has found her work in education, building networks to support students and teachers. Much of Deborah's work over the past 30+ years has been in using story, media and assessment to engage students and individualize learning. Deborah has served as VP of Product Development at Kaplan, later EVP at Knowledge Universe, and founding CEO of Teacher Universe, Best Practice Networks and lead the online development of GALAXY Classroom. 

In all of these learning organizations, Deborah has worked closely with teachers, students, staff and developers, convening in-person and online conferences. She has worked with scientists, screenwriters, producers, technical developers and public broadcasting to build and deliver story-driven, hands-on science curriculum and teacher professional development for K-6, with career technical teachers and administrators to build a full range of high school blended learning courses, and has developed assessments and courses funded by state legislators and delivered state-wide.

Awesome Stories is the perfect marriage, Deborah feels, of technology, evidence and story. Most exciting is the potential to take fiction and non-fiction stories and support them with evidence, creating a model for teachers and students to research and build their own learning experiences. Technology can finally fuel investigation and creation for teachers, students and families. Awesome Stories provides the platform to facilitate this exciting creative work.


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