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Richard K. Cohen

Richard K. Cohen is Chief Academic Officer for secondary education at Edison Township Public Schools in New Jersey. He is a former assistant superintendent and principal of Moss School (PreK and Kindergarten) in the Metuchen School District in New Jersey. He serves as faculty for Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and he is a former principal of Red Bank Primary School in New Jersey.

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Richard K. Cohen

Richard K. Cohen is Chief Academic Officer for secondary education at Edison Township Public Schools in New Jersey. He is a former assistant superintendent and principal of Moss School (PreK and Kindergarten) in the Metuchen School District in New Jersey. He serves as faculty for Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and he is a former principal of Red Bank Primary School in New Jersey.

Rick has served as a leader of social-emotional learning (SEL) at the district, county, state, and national levels. His work infusing academic state standards and SEL skills together with evidence-based character education has won national and state of New Jersey School of Character Awards and a National Promising Practice Award from Character.org. In 2015, Rick also served on the New Jersey State Standards Revision Committee, helping add self-reflection and metacognition into academic state standards. Rick’s work has been published in Character.org’s “11 Principles Framework for Schools,” Edutopia, and NJEA Review’s “Great Ideas” column. Rick Cohen is coauthor of The Metacognitive Student, which has won two national awards for Best Indie Book in Education (Forewords Reviews 2021 and IPPY Awards 2022) and has been featured in articles in Edutopia and Educational Leadership.

Rick Cohen received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in educational administration from Rutgers University.


Presentations by Richard K. Cohen

  • How to Embed SEL into Already Existing Curricula and Daily Routines
  • How to Develop Students as the CEOs of their own Brains
  • How to Increase Student Academic, Social and Emotional Intelligence Simultaneously
  • Practical, Brain-based and Evidence-based Strategy to Embed SEL