Dr. John​ Richards


John Richards is Founder and President of Consulting Services for Education, Inc. (CS4Ed). CS4Ed works with publishers, technology companies, educational non–profits, and higher education institutions as they negotiate the rapidly changing education marketplace. Clients range from start-ups to the giants of the industry.

John is Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education teaching courses on the ethical dilemmas applying digital media literacy and AI to education, on entrepreneurship in the education technology marketplace. His research interests include extensions of the university to support lifelong learning.

John was President of the JASON Foundation for Education, GM of Turner Learning–the education arm of Turner Broadcasting where he launched CNN Student Bureau –and Manager of the Educational Technologies Division of Bolt Beranek and Newman that created the award-winning Co–NECT school design. Over the years, John has served on boards for a variety of education groups including NECC; Cable in the Classroom; Software Information Industry Association (SIIA), Education Market section; and the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP). John’s projects have won him numerous awards including two Golden Lamps and several CODIEs, as well as several EMMY nominations. He is a respected keynote speaker and has been responsible for the publication of over 1,000 educational products. He is on the Board of Pathway2Careers (https://www.p2c.org/) , Write the World (https://www.writetheworld.org/) and the Advisory Board of iCivics (https://www.icivics.org/) .

Recent books include The 60-Year Curriculum: New Models for Lifelong Learning in the Digital Economy (editor, with Chris Dede, 2020, New York: Routledge) and Learning Engineering for Online Education: Theoretical Contexts and Design-Based Examples (editor, with Chris Dede and Bror Saxberg, 2019, New York: Routledge).