John Gould

Associate Clinical Professor , Drexel University
New Holland, PA, United States

About John


Dr. Gould has more than 30 years of in-depth experience in the educational field, in which he has specialized on issues surrounding systemic change, curriculum development and the effective implementation of new technologies in the classroom. His studies and work in these areas are a natural outgrowth of his advanced degrees in education, including both an M.S. from Duquesne University and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. He has recently retired from the Superintendency in Pennsylvania and presently is an Associate Clinical Professor at Drexel University.

His work and research is informed by a first-hand familiarity with organizational issues, having worked for over 20 years as a superintendent and assistant superintendent with several Pennsylvania school districts. Some specifics of this work includes: restructuring the organization of schools featuring elementary multi-age grouping and interdisciplinary grouping at the secondary level; creating strong business/school partnerships to help students develop the application of their learning to real-world experiences; experiences with overseeing and developing cyber-charter schools; and led the Strategic Planning process in several PA school districts. His other experiences range from a public school Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Intermediate Unit experience, and a project manager for the PA Governor’s Office of Information and Technology.

Dr. Gould has penned many articles on school change and presented workshops at the local, state, and national levels. He also has served as the project manager in charge of crafting a "shared vision and action plan" for Governor Tom Ridge's Pennsylvania Education Network (PEN). Dr. Gould coordinated the efforts of the PA Link-to-Learn management team to incorporate community and business ideas into an action plan for effective use of technology for both teachers and students as a “tool” for learning. Presently, he consults for the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Classrooms For the Future.

He has served as the president of the Pennsylvania Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and served as a member of the National Board of Directors of ASCD. He also served as a member of the Legislative Committee of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators.

Dr. Gould is grounded in “systems thinking” and has a strong commitment to the concepts of a “learning organization.” The essential question he asks all to consider, against the backdrop of NCLB, is, given the changes in technology, medicine, social interactions, the environment, and international events, how do we cope in designing learning environs to meet these changes for the next generation of both students and teachers in the 21st Century?

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

John Gould
Posted almost 2 years ago
Eric Berlow and Sean Gourley: Mapping ideas worth spreading
Watching the marvelous relationship between math and information that can generate a visual understanding of the interconnectedness of ideas across disciplines is just amazing to this educator. The sadness is that we still teach our children in silos of information and wonder why we can’t understand and solve complex problems on this planet. What potential for creating engaging curriculum throughout systems.
John Gould
Posted over 3 years ago
Fundamentally changing the primary school by removing grade levels, grades and the curriculum. A proposal.
As a former superintendent, I have implemented a structure that did what you are a proposing in a few of the districts I worked. Had some interesting results in student performance. I'm now teaching and directing an Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership and Change at Drexel University. i would be interested to talk to you if you wish. My Drexel email is
John Gould
Posted over 4 years ago
John Hardy: My green school dream
What is so exciting about this talk is that it builds on developing what Arie de Ges calls “memories of the future”. If you think about the “charter school” movement in the USA—what do they look like? The same old model of what school has looked like for the past 150 years. We need new possibilities for what a school can look like in the future instead of being trapped in old images. The underlying concepts and assumptions about this school can be transferred to some of the worst inner city school systems. It takes the willingness to think about the concept of “place” and how a school is part of a community. We need schools that are designed around our children’s future not our past. This is one example of the possibilities that people who believe in a sustainable future can create. This will be a great example to help the future school leadership I teach to explore “real” possibilities of creating schools focused on regenerative and sustainable learning.