The Learning Tapestry
Weaving together the art of teaching, learning and leading.
As catalysts and facilitators, we work with learning teams to build collaborative communities focused on shared vision and strategic goals. Our work is rooted in sound pedagogical practice, positive organizational culture and strong interpersonal relationships.
social,emotional learning and character development
governance design and development
“Lori helped Friends of Different Learners plan and execute a new strategic plan. She dedicated her time to consult with and facilitate a large group of opinionated Friends members. Thank you, Lori, for helping us find shared beliefs and a renewed sense of what Friends of Different Learners is and how we positively impact the lives of Birmingham students.” - Friends of Different Learners May 2015
Lori is a listener and learner whose personal and professional interests have focused on the growth, health, and welfare of children, building collaborative communities and developing successful organizations. Lori is a respected leader with a deep understanding of interpersonal dynamics and organizational culture. She is often referred to as ‘the voice of reason’.
From 2005-2014, Lori served as a Board of Education Trustee for the Birmingham Public Schools. Lori championed support of the “whole child’ and led the district in integrating social emotional learning and character development in all 13 schools. To date, 11 BPS schools are recognized as National Schools of Character by Character.org (formerly The Character Education Partnership). Lori is trained as a State School of Character Evaluator and is a break-out session presenter at the National Forum.
During her Board tenure, Lori was instrumental in transforming the Birmingham Public Schools governance structure. As a result, Board members are now less inclined to micro-manage and are governing more effectively.
Lori helped develop Orchards Summer Adventures, a summer camp program for area foster care children. Over the past 10 years, Lori has helped raise $1million dollars, providing hundreds of children with summer programming. Orchard’s Children Services recognized Lori as a Champion for Children in 2011.
Lori is trained in Activity Vector Analysis, which she used in her work with Systems and Assessment Services, a Management Consulting Company focused on maximizing organizational strengths and success. Lori is also trained in Orton Gillingham, a phonics based reading program, and recently completed a course in Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence from Case Western Reserve University.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Lori holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University.
Lori regularly tweets about education, innovation, organizational culture and leadership development @LoriSoifer.
Presenters at the 2013, 2014, 2015 National Forum on Character Education, Washington D.C.
Giving the Commencement Address Seaholm High School, 2011
Champions of Children Award, Orchards Children Services, 2011