Fellow Profiles

Shira Woolf Cohen




M.A. Education,

Administrative Certification,

Temple University


B.S. Education,

Lesley University

Shira Woolf Cohen

Founder, Innovageous Educational Consulting
2017 Neubauer Fellow

Every student deserves an opportunity to learn, to grow, to lead, and to make a difference.”

Shira currently serves as a Co-Founder of Innovageous, an educational consulting group focused on innovative and courageous solutions in K-12 education. Shira is an educator, community organizer and leader who has been recognized on a local and national level for her work as a school leader and in the youth development field. She collaborates with school faculty and leaders, and non-profit organizations to implement programming and instructional systems that promote a whole child approach to student success. Shira spent 19 years at a charter school in Philadelphia where she co-lead the growth of the school from a K-8 with 500 students to a K-12 school with 1500 students in her role as teacher, Out of School Time director, dean, vice principal, and principal. She served as an Adjunct Instructor at Temple University, Drexel University, and Johns Hopkins University, and has served as a non-profit board member for several local organizations. She currently supervises aspiring leaders during their principal practicum and teaches pre-service teachers in their graduate program at Holy Family University, and serves as the Board Secretary for the National Youth Leadership Council. Shira knows how to work with schools and organizations to develop, implement, and evaluate programs and initiatives that support change, innovation, and positive outcomes for schools and communities.


Prior to founding Innovageous, Shira served as the principal of New Foundations Charter School (2014-2020). Under her leadership, New Foundations earned recognition as the top-performing charter school in Philadelphia in 2015. Shira grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut.

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