Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, President, The Upside Down Organization, and Director, The National At Risk Education Network
Frank is a career child advocate, who has served as a childcare worker, child abuse investigator, children’s home administrator, consultant, college professor, attorney, writer and speaker. Frank currently serves as president of The Upside Down Organization, Director of the National-At-Risk Education Network (NAREN) and executive vice president of The Children’s Guild, a multi-service children’s organization headquartered in Maryland.
Frank joined The Children’s Guild as vice president of programs in 2000 and became executive vice president in 2002. Prior to arriving at The Guild, Mr. Kros practiced law with Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps in San Diego, California, where his practice focused on children’s issues. He also has served as vice president for curriculum and training at Children’s Square U.S.A. in Council Bluffs, Iowa; as a child abuse service officer for the Douglas County Juvenile Court in Omaha, Nebraska; and as a family teacher at Father Flanagan’s Boy’s Home (Boy’s Town).
Frank is a worldwide speaker and presents seminars to parents, educators, child-serving professionals and their leaders on various topics including brain-based learning, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), neuroscience of the teenage brain and brain-compatible organizational leadership. He also speaks on the effects of stress, child abuse and poverty in relation to brain function and development. He has presented his workshops at national education, social work and human services conferences, and Frank was awarded a Maryland Governor’s Citation for his speaking efforts.
In addition to lecturing nationwide, he co-authored the books Creating the Upside Down Organization: Transforming Staff to Save Troubled Children (2005) and The Upside Down Organization: Reinventing Group Care (2008).
Frank received his law degree magna cum laude in 1993 from Notre Dame Law School, where he served on the Notre Dame Law Review. He also holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Creighton University.
FRANK specializes in KEYNOTES, PLENARY SESSIONS, AND PRE- and POST-CONFERENCE SESSIONS for all UDO topics.
“Thank you for coming to Kansas and providing an engaging, thought-provoking and informative experience for all of my supervisors, managers and directors. I have never seen anyone engage this group for 6 hours nor have I heard them discussing the learnings at lunch like I did this day! I am very pleased and my expectations were exceeded! Thank you and I hope we can bring more training to TFI Family Services and maybe even come to Baltimore!”
— Shirley Dwyer, TFI Family Services, KS
Frank presented two workshops at the Association for Middle Level Education (formerly National Middle School Association) National Conference held this past November in Louisville, Kentucky. This conference is the largest gathering of middle school educators in the world, attracting more than 25,000 attendees from the United states and across the globe. More than 150 presenters offered 232 workshops during the conference and detailed statistics are kept by the conference host on the evaluations provided by workshop participants. Frank’s two workshops, “Teaching to the Test: Strategies Every Teacher Should Know for Helping Students Demonstrate Learning” and “Change Your Language, Change Their Lives: What Teachers Can Say Today to Transform Their Students’ Tomorrows,” were both ranked well above the conference average on quality of speaker as well as overall value of the session. Frank fell just 4 ratings shy of a perfect score of excellent in both workshops!
The “BUZZ” About Frank…
“The information really piqued the curiosity and intellectual “juices” of my teachers. I forward to being able to share this experience with other colleagues throughout the Harford County Public Schools.”
— George Toepfer, Supervisor of Social Studies for Harford County Schools, MD
“What a great presenter, he is by far the most engaging presenter I’ve ever seen. Love this guy, he is hilarious and knowledgeable – way to start off your conference with an excellent Keynoter.”
— Participant of the Annual Working with Youth Conference
“I had many participants express their gratitude for the helpful exchange of practical information and innovative ideas for better serving homeless students. Your presentation helped to motivate participants and encourage promising practices and proven strategies to assist this vulnerable student population.”
— Shileste Overton-Morris of Center for Schools and Communities, Camp Hill, PA
“I want to extend a brief thank you for the great training you provided Cal Farley’s staff. The evaluations were excellent and the only comments regarding what could have been improved upon were the desire for more training.”
— Jim Taylor, Director of Training for Cal Farley’s, Amarillo, TX
“You are one of the extra kind folks that I have encountered this year. Thank you so very much for presenting at our Learning and the Brain Conference this past year for the Maryland Writing Project. I received so much great feedback from those who attended your presentation. You gave us excellent information about a difficult topic in a very teacher-friendly way. My colleagues were especially inspired by the program of the special school that you lead.”
— Sharon Delgado, Maryland Writing Project, Phoenix, MD
“I woke up dreaming about the 12 essential skills of phenomenal training. To remember things that I learned in this training for so long without constantly reviewing shows that brain-based learning really does work. I wanted to thank you and Ms. Higgins and your staff.”
— Naomi Berkenbilt, LCSW-C
“I attended an urban initiatives conference where Frank Kros was our Luncheon speaker. One word: Fabulous. Frank was amazing. He was engaging, informative and his stories/anecdotes really made some dense brain information so easy to understand.”
— Laura Christenbury, Educator for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee
“Many thanks to Frank for the well-received training he provided for Crawford County juvenile dependency professional. His ability to educate, provide opportunities to raise awareness and increase empathy is invaluable to us.”
— Belinda Nichols, Program Director for Crawford County CASA, Inc.
“I would like to thank you for making our meeting such a memorable event. I cannot begin to tell you the many positive comments we have received regarding your presentation ‘Stocking the Toolbox.’ It was obvious that you captivated the audience.”
— Cathy Lozoskie, Care Resources, Baltimore, MD
“Frank – Wow! You truly delivered! Great information and wonderful presentation style. We can’t thank you enough!”
— Candis J. Carr, EdD, Director of Family Youth, Lake Charles, LA