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Rima Shore

Director, Adelaide Weismann Center for Innovative Leadership in Education

Academic Interests

Adult development and learning, Arts education, Early childhood research and policy, Leadership and ethics, Mental models and school change, Preparation of leaders for schools and community organizations

Some of the Values that Shape My Work

I believe that learners of all ages benefit when educators value coherence in matters of curriculum, practice, and policy and when schools are organized to support integrity and connection. These values matter more than ever at a time when knowledge has been broken down  into standards and items and school leaders are asked to focus on the disaggregation of data as a key to educational reform. For this reason, I am encouraged by the recent pendulum swing back to an emphasis on depth over breadth (“teach less, learn more”) in some policy circles. As Bank Street nears its centennial, I find Lucy Sprague Mitchell’s Credo to be a living and inspiring document and enjoy the daily work I do with colleagues to understand the responsibilities it confers upon us in the 21st century.

Work with Families, Children, Schools, and Communities

Co-founder with Margaret Terry Orr of Bank Street’s Laboratory for the Design & Redesign of Schools (LDRS), which has supported teachers and leaders at 20+ NYC public schools.

Co-director of Bank Street’s Special Education Leadership for Change project, funded by US Department of Education.

Recent Professional Contributions

Co-director of Project SEND Leadership (Special Education Needs Distributed Leadership), funded by US Department of Education.

Study group leader for Bank Street’s leadership work with Clusters 1 and 6 as part of the Wallace Principal Pipeline initiative.

Member of Advisory Committee, NYC Department of Education Educare initiative.

Member of NYC DOE Wallace Leadership Inquiry Group.

Bank Street liaison with the Jewish Early Childhood Educational Leadership Initiative.

Co-director of Bank Street’s Special Education Leadership for Change project, funded by US Department of Education.

Co-director, Community-Based Leadership Project funded by American Express.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Slavic Languages and Literatures, Columbia University
  • A.B., Russian Literature, University of Chicago

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Shore, R. (2009). PreK-3rd: Teacher quality matters: FDC policy-to-action brief series no. 3. New York: Foundation for Child Development.

  • Shore, R. (2008). The power of pow! wham! Children, digital media, and the future of our nation. New York: Sesame Workshop/Joan Ganz Cooney Center.

  • Shore, R. (2002). What kids need: Today’s best ideas for nurturing, educating, and protecting young children. Boston: Beacon Press.

Contact me:

(212) 875-4478
610 West 112Th Street,
New York, NY 10025