About Lori

My story

For over 20 years, Lori Cohen has been a designer of meaningful learning—as a classroom teacher, school leader, workshop facilitator, and coach.

For over 20 years, Lori Cohen has been a designer of meaningful learning—as a classroom teacher, school leader, workshop facilitator, and coach. She has earned degrees and certification in education with a particular emphasis on equity, instructional design, and teacher support. She has worked in both public and independent schools and has supported students and adults in becoming their most authentic selves. Lori’s experience and skill covers a broad range of topics, from the most recent trends in education to the foundations of equitable, learner-centered, and culturally responsive instruction and facilitation. Lori’s areas of expertise include the following:

  • Equity and Inclusion: from unlearning whiteness and systems of oppression to culturally classroom practices and habits that support equitable schools

  • Curriculum development and scope and sequence work

  • Change management processes and systems for site-based initiatives

  • Feedback structures: coaching, growth, evaluation models and approaches

  • Teacher Development: new teacher support and experienced teacher coaching

  • Leadership Development: coaching new leaders into thriving in their work

Feedback & Reviews

Read below what folks are saying about my work…

“As a first year senior administrator, my days can feel like a whirlwind. With each coaching session with Lori, I have the opportunity to pause and reflect. I always end the session with a deep sense of clarity: clarity of purpose and how to proceed with my values at the center. Lori is skilled in mirroring back to me central themes that keep coming up in the conflicts I’m experiencing. I often write down questions she asks me during sessions on notecards and pin them above my desk. I read them daily to center myself. One of my favorites is, “What is at stake if you don’t speak up?” “

Melissa Mirza

Dean of Faculty

” Lori is a force. Over three sessions she brought four teachers together, out of their silos, to craft the scope and sequence that would best serve our students. With her guidance, everyone was willing to be vulnerable, take risks, and truly collaborate. The end result is a better program at our school and teachers who have a new appreciation for one another. Even more impressive – she did all of this in May and June, the months when most schools are just sprinting to the finish line.  “

Andrew Davis

Head of School

” Lori is the definition of a self contained “think-tank”. She has an incredible capacity as a leader to listen to multiple perspectives with her head and her heart and then, like magic, she thoughtfully distills the essence of what has been shared and moves a group process forward. Lori has taken her best practices as a classroom teacher and transferred them into meaningful programming. Student success aligned with equitable access and practices remain at the heart of all that she strives to do in education. A master teacher first and foremost, Lori is a 21st century educator who leads with vision, purpose and equity. “

Leslie Powell

Assistant Head of Lower School

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Let me help you design learning experiences that allow us to dig deep, learn a lot, connect with one another, and collectively, contribute to a more just and equitable world.

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