Transcend Board Member
Education Consultant

Deb Sawch

Deb Sawch is an education consultant helping schools to document, assess, and incorporate critical, creative, social-emotional, and global perspectives into their approaches to teaching and learning. Currently, she is a research/practice consultant focused on educator well-being for the Yale University Center for Emotional Intelligence. She has served as both an embedded researcher and as practitioner/coach to support a range of schools and education programs across the US and globally.

Deb was a co-founder/former co-director of the Global Learning Alliance at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she also co-founded the Studies in Education Innovation Initiative. While there, Deb spent several years researching top performing schools in Singapore, Australia, Canada, China, and Finland to uncover elements of world-class educational approaches that could be incorporated into systems and practices in the United States.

Deb is a co-author/editor of the book Educating for the 21st Century: Perspectives, Policies, and Practices from Around the World (Springer, 2017). She is a former classroom teacher. In addition, she served on the advisory board of Teach for America/CT and as its board chair from 2012-2017. Prior to her work in education, Deb was a marketing executive, most recently the Director of Strategic Alliances at Kraft Foods.

Deb received her Doctorate in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University where she also received her MA and Ed.M. degrees. She received her BA with Distinction from The University of Connecticut.


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