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Learner-Perspective Coach (LPC)

Learner-Perspective Coaches are recent graduates of schools where they have had substantial opportunities to experience meaningful Project Based Learning, as students themselves. Ryan is one of PBLC's in-house Learner-Perspective Coaches and engages alongside our experienced facilitators to support educators in high-quality learning experience design and development during our immersive workshops.


Ryan is a student at Western Washington University’s Fairhaven interdisciplinary college. His experience in Project Based Learning began at Highline Big Picture high school. Where, through internships along with Project Based Learning culminated in many rigorous and rewarding projects. At Big Picture, Ryan’s projects included studying school design by helping develop curriculum for a multimedia, Project Based middle school called Out of the Box Learning Studio (OBLS). He also developed an interest in Restorative Justice (RJ) practices and eventually took a leadership role in implementing RJ practices at his school. This drastically lowered his school's suspension and expulsion rates. Ryan continues to study and be involved with Restorative Justice both in and out of school. He now works with the National Center for Restorative Justice on curriculum and helping co-facilitate their workshops.


In college, Ryan is currently creating a degree titled: Bridging Education, Culture & Justice. The bulk of the work that he does at Fairhaven College is Project Based and interdisciplinary. Seeing the world through an interdisciplinary, Project Based lens has aided Ryan in his success inside and outside of the classroom. He’s minoring in both American Cultural Studies and the Education Social Justice minor. Ryan’s experience with Project Based Learning has influenced the way he interacts with youth and peers. When working in the classroom he is often helping develop creative ideas with the students that he serves connecting content, to interests.


Ryan hopes to work in the education sphere working directly with youth and advocating the implementation of restorative practices as a disruption to the school-to-prison pipeline. Ryan believes in PBL as the future of education needs to be dynamic and flexible while maintaining the academic rigor that prepares youth for life beyond the classroom.