joshua koen
executive director for educational technology & computer science
newark public schools (nj)

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Joshua Koen is the Executive Director for Educational Technology and Computer Science with the Newark Public Schools (NPS) and has over 20 years of experience planning, leading, and supporting large scale education technology initiatives in schools and districts focused on increasing student achievement and engagement. In his current role, Mr. Koen oversees all instructional technology and computer science initiatives for the district.

Prior to returning to NPS, Mr. Koen served as the Chief Innovation Officer with the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE). At the NJDOE, he was responsible for developing and executing the state-wide vision for how to effectively use technology in the classroom, supporting innovations in the field and growing computer science throughout the state. In this capacity, he oversaw the Offices of School Innovation and Educational Technology, initiated the revision of the NJDOE Technology Standards and authored the educational technology components of NJ’s ESSA plan.

At NPS as well in his previous role with the Passaic City Public Schools (PCPS), Mr. Koen assembled and led a team responsible for implementing two large-scale 1:1 Chromebook initiatives (15,000 student devices NPS and 4,800 student devices in PCPS) with a primary focus on improving student outcomes through the meaningful integration of technology. From 2000-2005, he worked for the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) at Stevens Institute of Technology as the Manager of Professional Development where he directed and authored professional development programs for K-16 teachers, administrators, and faculty in the use and integration of educational technology. 

Mr. Koen also served over two years with the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic from 1998 – 2000 teaching and collaborating with local educators and educational organizations and earned his teaching certificate, a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).