Customer Stories: Meet Rayna Yaker of RYE Consulting

If you Google “bespectacled problem solver,” you’ll quickly discover Rayna Yaker, founder and Principal Consultant of RYE Consulting. The Chicago-based boutique education consulting firm offers their clients a menu of well-rounded services.

Rayna Yaker, M.ED, J.D. lives up to her moniker as is evident from the array of letters that live behind her name. After completing her teaching degree she went back to school for a dual degree, earning her Masters of Education (M.Ed) in Curriculum & Instruction as well as a Doctor of Law Degree (J.D.) with a Certificate in Children and Family.

Combining her teaching expertise and her knowledge of the policy side of education has helped her secure a niche market, providing solutions to school-based issues offering high-touch, individualized support experience for her clients.

Want to learn more? Meet Rayna Yaker of RYE Consulting.



Off the Sidelines Chicago- Part #4: The Modern Entrepreneur

Q: What advice would you give to women thinking about starting their own business? 
A: Starting your own business is personal, but you can’t take everything personally. Leverage your emotions and passion for your work by supporting your clients in hitting their goals and achieving results, but remember to step back frequently and remove those emotions in order to make the smartest decisions. That way, you'll both enhance your results and increase the extent of your impact by reaching more partners and potential clients. RYE Consulting partners with start-ups, school districts, foundations, education companies and advocacy organizations in the education space to help innovate and scale through procurement, strategic relationships, curriculum, professional development and business operations. 

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Introducing the 150 Nominees for Chicago Inno's 50 on Fire

When a city's innovation economy is on fire, it's the result of thousands of people and companies, across a variety of categories, heating up their respective industries and departments.

Yes, a pillar company is important to the overall health of an ecosystem, but a single success story isn't sustainable. That's why Chicago's emergence as a leading tech hub is due to all of the innovators, investors, entrepreneurs, employees, professors, civic professionals and more that are driving the city forward.


Five Chicago Education Entrepreneurs And Experts Competing To Be A Part of SXSWedu

STEAM Inspired Girls Education
With: Shalini Patel (Inspire Girls Academy) and Rayna Yaker (RYE Consulting)

These two Chicago-based panelists will take on a topic that is huge in tech right now: how to grow the pipeline of women in STEM. Their panel will discuss integrating arts into STEM, how single gender education interacts with STEM, and the idea of a holistic education.

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Talk Nerdy to Me: Using Technology to Brand, Build, and Boost your Business

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, captain of industry, or recent college graduate, each day is an opportunity to grow and build your personal brand through networking. Whether you’re with potential clients, colleagues, or friends- networking is key to expanding your visibility. You never know where the next conversation will lead!

Attending the session you will learn how to use LinkedIn to gain insight on people and businesses, prospect in order to gain new opportunities and continue to engage with connections post meeting. Learn hands-on how to engage with the platform to increase retention and maximize functions of your account.

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Florida Native Uses Background in Education to Take On Consulting

For Rayna Yaker, Managing Principal Consultant of RYE Consulting, her teaching experience was all the initiative she needed to help other teachers and students along the way. The South Florida native originally started out teaching first grade in Seminole County after undergraduate but wanted to expand how she worked in the education industry

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Badges as Certification: Teaching Certification for Graduate Student Instructors at SIU Carbondale

Graduate student instructors at research universities are often assigned teaching appointments even though they have little or no teaching experience or any real knowledge of classroom best practices. This interactive presentation will describe a pilot program that uses badges to track, share, and reward performance toward certification in teaching for graduate student instructors at Southern Illinois University. Presenters from SIU's Center for Teaching Excellence and ed-tech company Youtopia will share lessons learned at SIU and facilitate discussion of how badges reinforce engagement, motivation, and progress. Participants will use the Youtopia ToolKit to create their own badges.

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