Carolyn Cowen


Carolyn is an educator and social entrepreneur known for developing, launching, and managing programs and initiatives that improve the teaching-learning landscape for people with learning differences, particularly those with dyslexia. Currently, Carolyn serves as Digital Strategist/Content Editor for the International Dyslexia Association’s Examiner. She is especially interested in new media as a tool for driving change and creative ways nonprofits can “power the mission with the message.”


In her 35-year career in education and nonprofits, Carolyn has worn many hats, including: teacher, reading therapist, speaker, author, editor, consultant, professional-development planner, executive director, think-tank convener, fundraiser, funder, and research coordinator. Most recently, Carolyn was Executive Director of Carroll School’s Center for Innovative Education. Prior to that, she was Executive Director of The Learning Disabilities Network—a nonprofit she co-founded and operated for 20 years that provided services to individuals with LD, their families, and professionals working on their behalf. She earned her master’s degree in reading education and learning disabilities from Harvard University during the “Chall era.”


Carolyn has served on various nonprofit boards, including Literate Nation’s Board of Directors (as Vice President of Online Innovation, Executive Editor, and Editor of Catalyst). Currently, she serves on the Board of Trustees for the Newgrange School, Ann Robinowitz Education Center, and Laurel School. Carolyn also serves on the Board of Directors of the Research Institute for Learning and Development and co-chairs its Professional Advisory Board.

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