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Welcome to BLC16! Building Learning Communities Education Conference 2016! Join colleagues from around the world who care deeply about bringing the best innovative and practical learning resources to our students. Our 17th BLC education conference will provide you with inspiration, practical skills and expand your professional network with educators from around the world.
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John M. Gould

School of Education | Drexel University|
Associate Clinical Professor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
I have more than 40 years of in-depth experience in the educational field, in which I have specialized on issues surrounding systemic change, leadership development, curriculum innovation and the effective implementation of new technologies in learning environs.

My work and research is informed by a first-hand familiarity with organizational issues, having worked as a superintendent, assistant superintendent, and in other leadership positions within Pennsylvania school districts. I have penned many articles on school innovation and sustainability. Throughout my career, I presented workshops at the local, state, and national levels focused on rethinking the design of schools. I also served as the project manager in charge of crafting a ""shared vision and action plan"" for former Governor Tom Ridge's Pennsylvania Education Network (PEN). Presently I am an Associate Clinical Professor at Drexel University and co-designer of its Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership and Change.

I am grounded in “systems thinking,” “Theory U,” design thinking and has a strong commitment to the concept of “learning organizations.” The essential question I asks all to consider is: given the rapid changes in social media, medicine, nanotechnology, the environment, and globalization, how do we cope with the need to innovate and design new learning environs for creating a sustainable future for our children?