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John Richards, Ph. D. 

President, Founder


John Richards, Ph.D., is President and Founder of Consulting Services for Education, Inc. (CS4Ed). He is a Lecturer in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education teaching courses on entrepreneurship in the education marketplace, and on ethical dilemmas applying digital media literacy and AI to education. 


John was President of the JASON Foundation, GM of Turner Learning–the educational 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 is the author/editor of seven books, over 90 articles, and has been responsible for the publication of over 1,000 educational products. He is on the Board of Pathway2Careers (, Write the World ( and the Advisory Board of iCivics (

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2020: The 60-Year Curriculum explores models and strategies for lifelong learning in an era of profound economic disruption and reinvention. The book describes the evolution of new models by which universities can increase learners trajectories across multiple careers.
2017: Virtual Augmented and Mixed Realities in Education provides a strategic vision for educational VR and immersive learning. The book proposes a Grand Challenge of applied, collective research. The illustrative research agenda includes Authenticity, representation of the self, social immersion, and infrastructure.
2019: Learning Engineering for Online Education is an overview of the emerging field of learning engineering, a form of educational optimization driven by analytics, design-based research, and fast-paced, large-scale experimentation.
2012: The Digital Teaching Platform (DTP) is a new category of educational product that provides the primary instructional environment in today's technology-rich classrooms. DTP's are designed for the teacher-led classroom as the primary carrier of curriculum content.  
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