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Ryan Balch

Program Director, Education Policy
Senior Lecturer, Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations

Ryan Balch is a Senior Lecturer in the LPO department and also coaches science teachers in MNPS through the Teaching and Learning department. He completed his Ph.D. in Education Policy at Vanderbilt University as an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Fellow, where his dissertation focused on the development and validation of student surveys on teacher practice. Following graduation, Ryan was the director of teacher and principal evaluation for Baltimore City Schools. During this time, he oversaw the creation and implementation of the district’s new systems of evaluation. Previously, Ryan worked as a science teacher and administrator for seven years at Riverwood High School in Atlanta, Georgia. He has a B.A. in Psychology from Duke University and a M.A. in Science Education from Georgia State University.