shira

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The mom of two children who are now in their twenties, Shira is the CEO and founder of Discovery Village, a premier childcare center and preschool in Tarrytown, N.Y. Known for her expertise in educational leadership, project based learning, and character education, Shira is co-author of the book The Coach Approach to School Leadership: Leading Teacher's to Higher Levels of Effectiveness. She served for twenty years as elementary school principal of schools throughout New Jersey, Westchester, and New York City. Shira holds a Ph.D in Education and serves as an adjunct faculty member and dissertation advisor for doctoral students at Northeastern University's graduate school of education.
self-care

Self-Care for Busy Moms on a Budget

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Recently, I’ve become incredibly interested in self-care for busy moms on a budget. I’ve been reaching out to people I know, mostly busy moms on a budget. As I ask them about self-care, I’ve...
essential

What Being Essential Means To Me: Choosing Love

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Looking back at old photographs, I found a tattered, wrinkled picture that had hung above my bed in my freshman dorm in college. My heart stirred as I encountered anew what was once one...
Learned in 25 Years of Being A Mom

The Top 5 Things I Have Learned in 25 Years of Being A Mom

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This month I celebrate a quarter of a century of being a mom. My firstborn is turning 25!  Remembering my girl, at the various stages of her life, I approach her 25th birthday with profound...
learning revolution

In Celebration of Our Schools: Our Quiet (Not So Quiet) Learning Revolution

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Way back in the early years of the twenty-first century, perhaps 2003 or 2004, I no longer remember precisely, a child in a school where I served as principal was diagnosed with leukemia. Doctors...
local holiday shopping

Local Holiday Shopping {With Online Options}

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Find ideal, thoughtful gifts for friends and family. Show self-care by treating yourself. Support local businesses. Shop small. Enjoy local holiday shopping! #ShopWestchester Bonus: Most of these businesses also provide an exceptional online shopping experience, offering the...
you are enough

Hey, Mamas, We Are Enough and So Are Our Kids!

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Sometimes motherhood feels like juggling flaming torches while riding a unicycle on a tightrope. And that was before the pandemic began.  It is beautiful, magical, precious, and joyous to be a mom. It’s also hard, really...
Halloween traditions

Halloween in the Age of COVID and Beyond

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To trick or treat or not to trick or treat does not need to be the only question this year as we prepare to celebrate Halloween in the midst of a pandemic. A holiday...
hope for schools

Crisis and Possibility: Hope for the Future of Schools Following the Pandemic

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Back in 2010, when I was serving as a lower school principal at Schechter Westchester (now the Leffell School), I participated in writing a strategic plan for what the school could become. Giving ourselves...

No Recipes: Insights From Generations Past on Teaching and Modeling Anti-Racism and Anti-Bias to...

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Years ago, as a young mother and educator, I started writing a parenting book, which was far more audacious than I understood at the time. The book was tentatively titled A Recipe for Heroes:...
anti-racist children

Ways to Help Children Understand How to Be Anti-Racist

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Protests for racial justice and conversations about what it means to be anti-racist have led parents and educators throughout the world to soul search. What does it mean to be anti-racist? How can we...