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John Meehan

John Meehan (@MeehanEDU) is an English teacher, instructional coach, and professional development specialist from Washington, D.C. He is the author of EDrenaline Rush: Game-Changing Student Engagement Inspired by Theme Parks, Mud Runs, and Escape Rooms (2019) and the co-author of Fully Engaged: Playful Pedagogy for Real Results (2021) – co-authored with Wisconsin-based educator and classroom gamification pioneer Michael Matera. In July of 2020, Book Authority ranked EDrenaline Rush among the top 10 titles on their list of the “100 Best Teaching Books of All Time.” In March of 2021, John and Michael co-founded, an online members community that provides hundreds of gamified classroom resources to thousands of educators all around the world.

A nationally recognized speaker in the fields of student engagement and classroom gamification, John is a 2017 ASCD Emerging Leader and an alumnus of the 2016-2018 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Teacher Advisory Council. In 2016, he was named one of Arlington, Virginia’s “40 Under 40” by the Leadership Center for Excellence. In March of 2019, he created the #EggDashChallenge – a classroom activity that became a viral video, racking up 75K+ views in less than one month’s time, and spawning hundreds of classroom videos in 40 US states, 6 Canadian provinces, and 8 countries.

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KEYNOTE | Changing The Game: Discovering Purpose Through Play

From the sour-faced silver medalists atop the Olympic podium to that ubiquitous message daring gamers to press continue because "Our Princess Is In Another Castle," there’s a ton of science behind why we can’t help but find ourselves hooked on things that are perpetually so close and yet always so far. In this lively and eye-opening keynote, we’ll discover the surprising and seriously powerful cornerstones of playful pedagogy -- and learn how to tap into that same addictive energy to design meaningful, memorable classroom experiences that invite autonomy, excitement, and unprecedented levels of creativity from students and teachers alike.

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