As a means of practicing what we preach, the SB21 Team has also created and aligned a robust online collaborative community platform to support the LeaderShift team members across the globe.PD2Degree Community Updates
Lastly, we are working on a PD2Degree professional development project with Lamar University and Ramapo College. The goal is to provide an opportunity for passionate educations to participate our LeaderShift program as a means to obtain professional development credits or for post graduate degree credits. For future updates on our PD2Degree program please reference the SpringBoard21 website.SpringBoard21 PD2Degree Updates
Ryan Schaaf is the Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at Notre Dame of Maryland University and a Faculty Associate for the Johns Hopkins University School of Education Graduate Program with over 15 years of experience in the education field. Before higher education, Ryan was a 3rd-grade public school teacher, instructional leader, curriculum designer and a technology integration specialist in Howard County, Maryland. In 2007, he was nominated for Howard County and Maryland Teacher of the Year. In the past, Ryan has published his own research in the New Horizons for Learning and the Canadian Journal of Action Research related to the use of digital games as an effective instructional strategy in the classroom. He also supervised and constructed peer-reviewed, Common Core aligned K-12 lesson units for the 21st Fluency Project.
Currently, Ryan is one of the featured contributors to the world renowned Committed Sardines blog. He has just finished work on his first book entitled, Using Digital Games in the Classroom: Making Learning a Game Worth Playing. He enjoys presenting sessions and keynotes about the potential for gaming in the classroom, the characteristics of 21st-century learners, and emerging technologies and trends in education. Ryan is happily married to his beautiful wife, Rachel and has two little boys that are his pride and joy. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, exercising, gardening, and volunteering in local schools.