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STEM Executive Director

Phone: (415) ***-****  
Email: r***@***.edu
San Francisco Unified School District
555 Franklin St.
San Francisco , California 94102
United States

Company Description: About San Francisco Unified School District The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is the eighth largest school district in California, educating over...   more

Employment History


  • undergraduate degree , mathematics
    Cal Poly Pomona
  • master , public administration
    College of Notre Dame
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Web References
Our Team - SFUSD Mathematics, 5 Nov 2015 [cached]
Jim Ryan, STEM Executive Director Jim has worked in a variety of capacities to improve STEM education for all students. He was a high school mathematics teacher and site administrator for nine years. He worked as an analyst, programmer, and team lead for PowerSchool, a division of Apple Computers, and then served in several leadership roles at Key Curriculum Press, a leading publisher of mathematics tools and curricula. In his work at Key he managed the Professional Development and Marketing teams and led the creation of a new division focused on supporting the implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Prior to his current role, he was the Project Manager for the CCSS-M Project at the San Francisco School Alliance.
Staff | San Francisco School Alliance, 2 Mar 2013 [cached]
Jim Ryan
Project Manager for Common Core State Standards in Mathematics Jim Ryan joined SFSA in January 2012. Jim spent the past 10 years in private industry working on educational products. Most recently, Jim was the Vice President for Educational Services at Key Curriculum Press. Prior to working at Key, Jim was a team lead for Apple, developing educational software. Before working on the development side of educational products, he was a consumer of these same products as both a teacher and administrator in San Mateo County.
About Key: Company Leadership - Key Curriculum Press, 2 Nov 2011 [cached]
Jim Ryan, Vice President, Key Education Services
Jim Ryan held the positions of Textbook Product Manager, Professional Development Director, and Director of Marketing before taking on his current title. Ryan began his career in education as a high school math teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area, migrating into administration after five years in the classroom. After 10 years in public schools, he joined Apple Computers to work on their PowerSchool product. Ryan completed his undergraduate degree in mathematics at Cal Poly Pomona and his master's in public administration at College of Notre Dame.
START Staff, 13 Feb 2015 [cached]
Jim Ryan, Case Manager 406.563.7002 Ext. 3111 Jim began his employment with CCCS on January 16, 2002, working security for the WATCh program. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Information Systems from Montana Tech of the University of Montana in Butte, Montana.
About Key: Teachers need variety of materials to meet needs of diverse student population -, 6 Nov 2006 [cached]
To improve teaching and learning with our diverse student population, teachers need access to equally diverse instructional tools, Key Curriculum Press Product Manager Jim Ryan told the National Mathematics Advisory Panel Monday at Stanford University.
"By unshackling teachers from a curriculum that does not address their students' needs and giving them the breadth of quality tools and training necessary to the task, we will close the achievement gap and significantly improve student performance," Ryan said.
Ryan has 10 years experience in public education as a high school mathematics teacher and administrator. He also worked as a programmer and analyst at Apple Computers before joining Key Curriculum Press, a publisher of instructional materials and technology learning tools.
More than 90 percent of high school math textbooks in use come from four major publishers, and most are strikingly similar in both content and pedagogy. California's textbook adoption process has been particularly restrictive. Seven years ago, the state adopted only three Algebra textbooks for eighth grade. Ryan called the results disheartening:
In the Los Angeles Times article Ryan cited, "A Formula for Failure in L.A. Schools," Tina Norwood, a student taking Algebra 1 for the third time wrote to her teacher on a chapter test, "Still don't get it, not gonna get it, guess I'm seeing you next year!"
"Tina's sense of futility is no doubt a consequence of her repeated exposure to a curriculum she lacks the ability to decode," Ryan said.
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