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by  Ryan T. Stein and Jennifer Costa Berdux

After fifteen years as an award-winning educator, Ryan Stein knows this: when you make the school experience about fostering genuine human connection, students don’t just succeed—they thrive.

In this part-guidebook, part-memoir, Ryan shares the best ideas and stories from his groundbreaking educational philosophy with anyone seeking to make a positive difference in a student’s life.  Lifeline 65 is as joyful as it is useful, packed full of wit, humor, and heart. Try even one strategy and you’ll find your students more engaged, confident, and eager to excel, from elementary school to college and beyond. All you have to do is begin.

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Formats:  Hardcover, Paperback, E-book

Pages:  184

ISBN HC: 978-1-958754-18-4

ISBN PB:  978-1-947860-59-9

ISBN EB: 978-1-947860-60-5

Release Date:  8/29/2019

Meet the Authors

Ryan T. SteinRyan T. Stein has been recognized on a national scale as an Elite Educator and as a pioneer for student engagement, innovation, and achievement. As an educational songwriter and forward thinker, he sees no barriers. His high energy and contagious enthusiasm for building intentional and authentic relationships has created lifelines for school communities throughout Virginia. A devoted husband and father, Ryan likes to spend his personal time laughing alongside his wife, Kimberly, as they wade their way through the often-hilarious adventures of parenting their young son and daughter, Bryce and Bexley.

Educator, life-long learner, and dreamer Jen Berdux loves her work as a teacher at Kaechele Elementary School in Henrico County, Virginia. She lives in Richmond with her husband Chris, and is the proud mom of two adult sons, Nick and John Berdux.


“Humor, grace, and poignancy make Lifeline 65 a powerful read from start to finish. This book will have a profound impact on any educator’s mindset when forming relationships with colleagues, parents and most importantly, students.” Julie Smith, The Techie Teacher 

Lifeline 65 provides countless ways to engage all stakeholders. What an inspirational way to teach and lead a school.” Dr. Dave Myers, Superintendent of New Kent Public Schools

“Fundamental to school communities is building school-family partnerships that foster teacher-student relationships. Students who feel connected to their teachers are more engaged, more dedicated, and more motivated about their education because they feel safe, supported, and nurtured. Ryan Stein’s book, Lifeline 65, is a primer for educators who are seeking to enthusiastically make those connections to ensure every student is successful.”  Dr. James F. Lane, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Virginia Department of Education

“Ryan Stein makes the underdog the ‘top dog’ in the classroom and in every field of human endeavor.” Dr. Herbert Monroe, Assistant Superintendent, Caroline Public Schools

“Mr. Stein always believed in me and pushed me to be a better student; he made me the editor of our classroom newspaper. Ten years later, that small amount of belief led me to follow my dreams of becoming a fashion editor.” Madison Calogerakis, Student

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