Deborah Jordan is a Fellow of the Institute for Learning and a member of the Disciplinary Literacy science team. Prior to joining the IFL, Deb was a Science Educator with the Biological Science Curriculum Study (BSCS) where she served as a curriculum writer and professional developer. While at BSCS she directed the revisions for their elementary science curriculum—BSCS Science Tracks: Connecting Science & Literacy, provided literacy strategies for essays in BSCS Biology: A Human Approach, served as a contributing author to The Biology Teacher's Handbook, and co-authored the science chapter of Content Matters: A Disciplinary Literacy Approach to Improving Student Learning. Deb provided professional development for National Academy for Curriculum Leadership institutes, Promoting Rigorous Outcomes in Mathematics/Science Education institutes, the Ministry of Education in Singapore as well as many districts across the nation.
Deb began her career in science education as a classroom teacher. She served as a district science coordinator for six years providing professional development and facilitating the alignment of curriculum to state standards. During her seven years as an educational consultant with Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL), she provided professional development and technical assistance to numerous states and districts as well as contributing to many publications including Teaching Reading in Science.
Deb has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Her Master's degree is in Special Education: Moderate Needs from the University of Northern Colorado.