Tye Ripma

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Educational Leadership & Policy

Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Texas at Austin, expected 2025
M.A. in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies, Stanford University, 2017
B.A. in Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2011

Email: tye@utexas.edu
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Tye Ripma is a doctoral student in the Education Policy and Planning program at the University of Texas at Austin. Tye's doctoral research centers around the role of state educational agencies in implementing special education. He is particularly interested in the inner workings of state agencies and how state governance, accountability, and finance policies and practices impact individual’s experiences learning and working in schools. Other interests include school improvement, qualitative methods, community engagement in policy, trauma-informed school environments, and school-based health care. Concurrently, Tye is a Senior Program Associate at WestEd where he facilitates local- and state-level system change initiatives and conducts technical assistance and research activities. His primary focus is assisting state leaders in evaluating and enhancing policies for serving students with disabilities.

Tye has an M.A. in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies from Stanford University and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California Santa Cruz. Tye has worked in special education as a Paraprofessional, Special Education Teacher, Inclusion Specialist, Behavior Specialist, and Technical Assistance Provider. Tye is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) which further strengthens his ability to navigate and address the multifaceted challenges of special education.