Ryan Redmond is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Education where he directs and teaches in the Middle and High School Master of Arts in Teaching program and teaches undergraduate courses on social studies teaching and issues of food in schools. He taught high school and middle school history and English for ten years in Kathmandu, Nepal; Putney, Vermont; and Framingham and Marblehead, Massachusetts, before returning to his alma mater, Tufts University (MAT '04), in August of 2010.
In 2022-2023 he is a Tisch Faculty Fellow at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life with a project focusing on MAT students. Public K-12 schools are the most central and significant future-generating institutions in society, and as much as teaching is disciplinary, academic content and skills work, it is also deep culture work, people work, and society work. It is, in fact, impossible to conceive of teaching as somehow separate from all that it is nested within. All teaching, therefore, is civics teaching. The Middle and High School MAT program at Tufts University has had a long history of preparing future public school teachers (of all disciplines) to know and wrestle deeply with and act upon the profound civic questions at the heart of schooling and education. As a Tisch Faculty Fellow, Ryan will reinvigorate and build on that history of preparing MAT students to be citizen-leaders as well as teachers of their disciplines. Crucial and important areas of training and mentoring should result in the following: teachers who know the communities in which they teach, who have trust and belief in institutions, who are committed to multi-racial democracy, and who have the professional tools to work in effective collaboration with others and the pedagogical tools to, in turn, center these commitments in their own students’ learning. In short, teachers as citizen-leaders.