Dr. Carolyn Koos

Dr. Koos - Public Servant and School Administrator

Throughout her career as a school principal and chief administrator, Dr. Carolyn Koos has demonstrated a commitment to best practices for top student achievement and goal-oriented leadership style. She entered the field as chief administrator of Marquette Academy in Davenport, Iowa, where she created and implemented a long-term vision while bringing in professional development such as the Ruby Payne Framework for Understanding Poverty. Since that time, Dr. Koos has gone on to serve in principal and chief administrative roles at both PK-8 public and Catholic schools. She most recently served in such a role in the Deer Park School District of Illinois, where she developed a number of organizational, school management, and curriculum initiatives. Under her leadership, Deer Park was in the top 10% in Illinois for student achievement.

By the end of her five-year tenure in Deer Park, Dr. Carolyn Koos had successfully developed a full preschool program and new integrated general curriculum aligning with assessments, hosted staff development programs such as types of learning strategies, Discovery Learning assessments, and set long-term goals for the district board. Also a past alderman of the Bettendorf, Iowa, City Council and a participant on several state-level school board associations, Dr. Koos has earned a number of awards and honors for her service to the community. She stands out as a popular invited presenter of professional development seminars for educators and the community. She holds two master degrees in educational administration and holds a Ph.D. in education administration from Illinois State University.

Response to Intervention - An Introduction

As a principal and chief administrator with the Deer Park School District in Illinois, Dr. Carolyn Koos introduced a number of staff development programs. Dr. Carolyn Koos provided teachers with access to the Response to Intervention program, which lends early support to students with special needs.

Response to Intervention stands out as a multifaceted approach to early intervention in a child’s education. It begins in the classroom, where the educational team monitors students' progress and intervenes when a child is in need of additional support. Throughout the interventional process, educators track a child's progress to determine when and how interventions should increase or decrease in intensity.

As a data-driven system, Response to Intervention uses universal screening to accurately identify students in need of support as well as track those students' progress through the select next steps. Educators share data with all relevant team members and with the students’ families, so that all can be involved in monitoring progress and supporting each child's efforts. The program also incorporates educational best practices within the classroom to ensure that all students, regardless of need for additional assistance, receive high-quality education, tiered for differing abilities.

NJSBA to Hold Workshop 2015 in Atlantic City

A school administrator with over 15 years of experience, Carolyn Koos, Ph.D., currently serves as a substitute principal in the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District in New Jersey. Over the course of her career, Dr. Carolyn Koos has held memberships in several organizations, including the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA).

As part of its efforts to develop the leadership skills of all its members, NJSBA holds a variety of online and in-person training events throughout the year. One of the organization’s largest activities is its Workshop, an annual event that brings together thousands of New Jersey’s top school leaders, including board members, administrators, district staff, and teachers.

Currently, NJSBA is preparing for Workshop 2015, which will be held October 27-29 at the Atlantic City Convention Center. The three-day event will highlight the theme Empowering the 21st Century Student and will feature more than 200 educational sessions on school policy, curriculum, and STEM education, among other topics.

In addition to educational activities, NJSBA’s Workshop 2015 will include an exhibition hall where attendees can network with their peers and browse the latest products and services from hundreds of exhibiting organizations. For additional details, including housing and registration information, visit www.workshop.njsba.org.

Foods to Try in Germany

School administrator Dr. Carolyn Koos holds a number of degrees, including a Ph.D., an Ed.S., a MSE, and a BME. In her free time, Dr. Carolyn Koos enjoys traveling. She has visited France and Germany to explore architecture and food.

One of the best things about traveling abroad is experiencing other cultures and trying unique cuisines. Here are some of the top foods and drinks to sample in Germany:

A special drink usually served during the Christmas season, gluhwein is made of red wine, spices, orange peels and sometimes lemon. It is served heated, usually in a mug.

Doner Kebab
A popular street food item, doner kebab can be found everywhere in Germany at kebab shops that often stay open late. Similar to a gyro, the sandwich is made of a special kind of bread that is filled with meat, lettuce, tomato, and onions and topped with a yogurt-based sauce.

Black Forest Cake
Well-known and loved all around the world, this German cake is special because of its unique ingredient--Schwarzwalder Kirschwasser, a specialty German cherry brandy liquor that must be included for the confection to be considered a true black forest cake.