Chief Executive Officer. School Leader. Special Educator. Mentor.


Dr. Richard Glass, Jr. currently serves as the Chief Executive and Education Officer of the Ryan Banks Academy. Ryan Banks is a 100% scholarship granting independent school for marginalized scholars grades 7 through 12, that combines a high-quality, future-facing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) curriculum with an integrated social-emotional education in order to propel student into the next generation of leaders, thinkers, and world-changers. The vision of Ryan Banks Academy includes becoming Chicago's first inner-city boarding school, focused on providing 24/7 academic and social-emotional care for under-served scholars grades 7 through 12.


Prior to joining RBA, Dr. Glass was selected as an Education Entrepreneur Fellow in March 2018 and served as Founder and Chief Learning Officer of Boys Lab. Boys Lab was an innovative, three-year cohort, single-sex laboratory microschool, purposed to provide an inquiry-based academic program for boys, beginning in fourth grade. Boys Lab served as a demonstration classroom model, in association with Chicago International Charter School, with an ancillary focus on teacher training, educational research, and professional development.


An experienced educational leader, Dr. Glass started his career as a classroom teacher, leading all-male classrooms in the North Lawndale and Englewood communities.  Dr. Glass’s colleagues tell us that “Richard regards his teaching as a craft, a calling. He is passionate about education and is a lifelong learner. He works above and beyond for all of us. He’s all about what’s best for students.”


A lifelong Chicagoan, Richard is a 1998 graduate of Chicago State University, has a Master of Arts in School Leadership from Concordia University, and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from the Spertus Institute. In June 2016, he received a Master of Science in Education in Elementary Teaching from Northwestern University. In February 2017, he successfully defended for a Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership from Argosy University, where his dissertation focused on “How Relationships and Relevance Influence the Scholastic Attitudes of Black Males.” Most recently, Dr. Glass earned a Master of Education in Special Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago, in May 2019. 

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Washington Heights, Chicago, IL

Phone: 312.500.8055

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