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Ryan, Lori

Lori Ryan PhD

Clinical Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education
  • Affiliate Faculty, Leadership for Educational Organizations
  • School of Education & Human Development

Email Address:lori.ryan@ucdenver.edu

Mailing Address:
  • CU Denver

Lawrence Street Center

1380 Lawrence Street

Denver, CO 80204

Lori Ryan, PhD. is Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Education & Human Development since 2013 with an emphasis on early childhood, educational leadership, equity and inclusion. Lori’s teaching, research, coaching, and consulting focus on building the capacity of teachers and leaders. She co-directs the Buell Early Childhood Leadership Program and works with community partners to nurture the growth of teacher candidates at the undergraduate level and graduate levels, including role as lead faculty in the SEHD partnership with Boulder Journey School. Lori has been in relationship with the educators of Reggio Emilia since 1992, and serves as on the Ph.D. Board of Reggio Child Studies, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.

Areas of Expertise

  • Nature Education and Food Justice
  • Reggio Approach to Early Childhood and Primary Education
  • Building Leadership Capacity in Schools
  • Inquiry-Based Learning
  • Environmental Design

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • MA, State University of New at Buffalo
  • BA, Buffalo State
  • Principal License, St. Louis University
  • Coaching certificates, Cognitive Coaching and International Coach Federation
  • Permanent Teaching License, New York and Missouri



  • SEHD Lynn Rhodes Award (Spring 2019)
  • SEHD Service and Leadership (Spring 2018)


  • Early Childhood Higher Education Partnership
  • Colorado Coaching Consortium
  • Ph.D. Board Reggio Childhood Studies, University of Modena Reggio Emilia

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