I want to start a new series where I spotlight the incredible work being done by amazing educators from all over the world, in a variety of roles. While classroom teachers are on the frontlines, directly impacting our students on a daily basis, educators wear many different hats and are in many different positions. I recently met Ryan Warren and he graciously agreed to be my first for this series on Schoolhouse Heroes.
Ryan is the Founder and Co-Director of Educational Technology Innovations (ETI) and is employed by the University of Minnesota’s College of Education + Human Development. The following are the questions I’ll pose for all of the spotlighted educators, and Ryan’s answers.
What do you love most about your job?
I get to work with faculty members who have devoted their careers to conducting research in K12 settings. Before we established ETI, this research did not lead to easily implemented software solutions, which is our focus. Who wouldn’t love working to bring evidence-based products to students, teachers, and schools? What I love the most is to hear from school personnel who begin a sentence with, “Our students love PRESS/IM4/Check&Connect/Ramp-Up to Readiness…”