Featured Consultant

John McCarthy


About John

John is an advocate for student voices in owning their learning journey.

Having taught and coached schools in urban to rural communities, from poverty to affluence, John helps education stakeholders make the changes needed to improve their learner experiences based on their unique environment. His experience includes coaching schools across the United States and internationally.

Over the years, John has successfully helped educators develop, and refine skills to design and implement structures that benefits students taking more ownership of their learning. Key areas include Differentiated Instruction so ALL can learn, Authentic Learning Experiences that make curriculum meaningful to students through experiences related to Professions, leveraging Esports to help students grow 21st Century skills for workplace and academics, and reinventing the learner experience through Gamification and Project-Based Learning.

The result: empower students to be collaborative leaders of their learning and professional future.  John helps schools translate pedagogical concepts into practical skill sets for successful implementation of learning.


  • EdS in Education Leadership
  • MS in English
  • BS in History and minor in PE

Key Skills and Qualifications

  • Differentiation
  • Project-Based Learning and Authentic Learning Experiences
  • Esports Design and Development
  • Development of teacher coaches
  • Instructional design artifacts

Recognition and Publications

  • So All Can Learn: A practical guide to differentiation
  • Connecting Students to School Culture and Career Opportunities Through Broad Access to Esports and Gaming: So All Can Learn Through Play” (Chapter 1), Esports Research and Its Integration in Education
  • Contributing author for Edutopia