Dr. John Schembari currently consults globally with schools and organizations to improve the quality of innovative teaching and learning systems and practices. Through his work in schools, John has become particularly passionate in ensuring that all students have equal access to a quality 21st Century education. This work includes advising teachers and school leaders on how best to design physical space to allow students to learn through a variety of independent and collaborative modalities and to use technology that supports individual learning needs.
While working in various educationally driven international think tanks in Washington, D.C., such as the American Society of International Law, John became drawn to a career in teaching. This path led John to positions as a high school social studies teacher, founding magnet high school principal, K12 district director of curriculum, instruction, and assessment, director of leadership with a national school management organization, and as a leadership development facilitator with various NYC based organizations such as New Visions for Public Schools and Teaching Matters. Recently, John consulted with the Ministry of Education of East Timor, on its K12 national curriculum revision project, as well as with Education Development Trust on its ongoing school evaluation work in The United Arab Emirates. He also received funding from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation to study the post Apartheid education system in South Africa.
John received a masters degree in public and international affairs from The University of Pittsburgh, a masters degree in school administration from Montclair State University, and his doctorate in education leadership from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ. In addition to the above, Dr. Schembari also provides professional development services to schools through the Fordham University Office of Educational Partnerships.