Shira A. Korn
Shira A. Korn

Shira A. Korn

Cohort: 2016

Pace University: Masters of Education; Major in Science Education Grades 6-12 Concentration: Physics

Oberlin College: Bachelor of Arts; Major in Physics and English

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Shira.Korn@usc.eduPhone: 9144332159Curriculum Vitae


K-12 Education Policy

Shira A. Korn

Shira Korn is a first year Urban Education PhD student and Educational Policy MPP student at the University of Southern California, advised by Dr. Morgan Polikoff.  She is interested in using policy research to create equitable educational experiences for low-income and minority students with a particular focus on how assessment can be used to effectively target areas of need within a population and how the community-learning model and district policy can be used to address these needs. 

Shira earned her Bachelor’s from Oberlin College where she double majored in Physics and English and studied abroad at The University of Otago in New Zealand. She was selected as a New York City Teaching Fellow, through which she earned her Master's Degree in Adolescent Education from Pace University and became the first Physics Teacher at the Community Health Academy of the Heights (CHAH), a 6-12 school serving mostly low-income and minority students, in Washington Heights, New York.  Throughout her five year tenure at CHAH, she developed and implemented a successful physics curriculum for 11th and 12th grade students, was selected for leadership roles within the school community, and became a liaison with the partnering community non-profit group (The Community League of the Heights).   

Shira was awed by the talented individuals she worked with while at The Community Health Academy of the Heights.  During her time there, her students earned a 70% pass rate on the Physics Regents (beating the city average and far surpassing the scores of their peer group of schools), the school was removed from the New York State’s list of Low-Performing Schools, and the school earned a ranking of #26 in New York Daily News’ list of Best High Schools for 2014.  The tenacity and grit demonstrated by the faculty and students at CHAH inspired Shira to seek higher outcomes for all low-income and minority students.  These goals brought her to USC, to study policy in attempts to create institutional improvements to our educational system. 



Professional Experience:

New York City Department of Education: Physics Teacher, The Community Health Academy of the Heights

Honors and Awards:

  • New York State Teaching Certification: Professional Certification
  • Certificate of Excellence in Recognition of Scholarly Achievement from Pace University (May 2013)
  • James E. Peterson Memorial Award for enthusiasm and tenacity from Oberlin College Athletic Program (March 2011)
  • Fund for Teachers: Grant Award Recipient

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