Tyler Richendollar | Learning, UX, and Product
 
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Hi, I’m Tyler. I’ve dedicated my career
to transforming outcomes for
children and companies. Let’s learn
and build together.

Here are some things you might want to know about me:

  • High key compassionate and empathic

  • Strives for diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Deeply curious learner of new things

  • Seeker of the right problems and user needs

  • Independent, yet highly collaborative

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Key Experiences

  • Former special education teacher turned professional development leader in Philly.

  • Studied UX design, user research, product management, and coding informally while building out city-wide support structures.

  • Arrived in California in 2015, and started consulting with edtech companies.

  • In 2016, launched VR for Good campaign with Facebook and Digital Promise Global.

  • Transitioned to PM with Digital Promise Global on initiative to distill the science of learning for easy-to-consume B2B and B2C use.
     

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Career Path

Sr. Project Manager

Digital Promise Global
April 2016 - Present

Co-owned launch and relaunch of our team’s web app, the “Learner Variability Navigator.” To make this happen I drove:

  • Initial user research and usability testing

  • Early persona and use cases development

  • Creation and management of team processes, product management and documentation, and KPI dashboards

  • Ongoing design of medium-fidelity mocks of new app elements

For the other half of my role, I support team operations by establishing processes for all work streams. This includes:

  • Vendor and contract management

  • Salesforce implementation

  • Funder reporting & fundraising

  • Communications campaigns

  • Conference development & implementation

 

Professional Development Manager

PHMC
October 2009 - July 2015

Started as a Program Specialist (external consultant to 78 education agencies across Philadelphia) and transitioned into Professional Development (PD) Manager role. Collaborating with a team of five Program Specialists, we designed and implemented 80+ learning sessions for hundreds of educators at city-funded out-of-school time (OST) programs. This work culminated in a 300+ attendee, 2-day conference. All learning opportunities supported broader City and state PD credentialing and continuous quality improvement.

Additional work included running the First-year Site Director Cohort; managing a caseload of 18 programs to provide specialized, tailored support; maintaining state-recognized trainer certification and supporting each of my Program Specialist’s certification; creation of a scalable training content development system; product management of our informational website; and building out a new coaching model for promising programs.

 

Education Director

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern NJ
March 2009 - October 2009

With a team of eight program assistants, developed learning and tutoring programs for 120+ after school students across grades 1st - 8th. This included literacy improvement programming, math, mentorship, music production, physical activites, and SEL-related activities.

We also implemented and wrote a $50k grant from The Horizon Foundation. My team successfully moved 80% of students one grade level higher in reading ability after the five month reading program.

 

Special Education Teacher

School District of Philadelphia
August 2006 - August 2008

Through Teach For America (and after having completed an undergraduate teacher preparation program at Rutgers), taught a caseload of up to 16 students across grades 3rd to 8th at Alain Locke School. I developed and differentiated all curriculum and moved my students 1+ grade levels higher in math and reading. I also volunteered at a school-based OST program, and made home visits up to three times per week.

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Education

M.Ed., Special Education
Chestnut Hill College & UPenn
2008

B.A. Sociology & Anthropology
Rutgers University
2006

 

Volunteer, Community, and Skills

Mentor
Reading Partners

Co-organizer
EdTalks SF Meetup

Photographer
Novalia Collective

Spanish - near fluent
Mandarin - beginner, but learning
Python, SQL - near-intermediate; always learning

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