Ryan Kurada is currently a Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Curriculum Coordinator at the Sonoma County Office of Education. He earned an M.Ed. in Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning from Sonoma State University where his thesis focused on planning and implementing interdisciplinary PBL in early elementary classrooms. He has also completed PBL 101, 201, Coaching, and Leadership workshops provided by PBLWorks. Ryan was the founding educator at University Elementary in Rohnert Park, a magnet school for PBL. Over a seven year period, he has worked collaboratively with administrators, teaching staff, also the Sonoma State University School of Education in developing a school-wide, project-based learning program at his school site.
Ryan has presented and led professional development PBL workshops at various conferences such as the California STEAM Symposium, National Science Teaching Association, and National Council for the Social Studies. His passion for PBL inspired him to participate in a 2017 study tour at the world-renowned project-based preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy. As a National Faculty member, his goal is to collaborate with colleagues in building the capacity of educators to employ PBL strategies that engage all learners.