Rebecca Shore

Rebecca Shore

Associate Professor and Program Coordinator Curriculum & Supervision Concentration (EDD Program)
Educational Leadership
Mebane Hall 269

Dr. Rebecca Shore is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership. She teaches in the Master of School Administration program, the Aspiring High School Principal program and the Doctorate in Educational Leadership program. She is coordinator of the Curriculum & Supervision strand of the Ed.D. Prior to coming to UNC Charlotte, Dr. Shore worked in schools for 28 years in California, Louisiana, and North Carolina; 13 years of teaching and 15 years in administration. She taught as an adjunct professor while working in schools for 12 years at Wake Forest University, UNC Greensboro, and the University of California at Irvine. Dr. Shore served as principal of Los Alamitos High School, a three-time California Distinguished School and three-time National Blue Ribbon School in southern California, and in a variety of administrative roles in the Huntington Beach Union High School District. Through most of her school teaching experience, she was a high school choral director. Her doctoral degree in Educational Administration and Policy is from the University of Southern California and her dissertation title was New Professional Opportunities for Teachers in the California Charter Schools.

Dr. Shore is the author of five books and the producer of two educational CD series. Her latest book, Developing Young Minds from Conception to Kindergarten was awarded the top ranking of “Essential” by the Association of Research Colleges & Universities in 2016. She was named the Higher Education Arts Educator of the Year for 2015-2016 by the North Carolina Art Educators Association. Her research interests include leadership in early childhood education, charter school leadership, arts in education, and incorporating the science of learning into educational environments. Dr. Shore is the editor of the National Head Start Association Journal Dialog: A Research to Practice Journal for the Early Childhood Field.

National References to Scholarship – The Association of College and Research Libraries selected Developing Young Minds to review for 2016 and ranked the book in the top category, “Essential” for college and research libraries. – In the August 2011 issue of Preschool Matters, published by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), Steven Barnett and Ellen Frede referenced the Elementary Principle Pre-K study conducted with co-investigators Rich Lambert and Pamela Shue. This study investigated readiness and confidence levels of North Carolina principals with PK classes placed on their campuses. – Interviewed and quoted in the July 2010 issue of District Administration: Solutions for School District Management regarding early childhood licensing in North Carolina. – First book, Baby Teacher: Nurturing Neural Networks from Birth to Age Five was reviewed by Heather Taylor in NHSA Dialog: A Research-to-Practice Journal for the Early Childhood Field, Volume 14, Issue 1, 2011.

International References to Research

Professional Development: A Personal Journey, published in NHSA Dialog: The Research-to-Practice Journal for the Early Childhood Field was selected for inclusion in Psychology Press, an online publication that “represents the best in Psychology research” and “is viewed almost 40,000 times each month.” The article was selected in June 2013 and published in July 2013. – In the June 10, 2013 issue of the Marshall Memo 489, Kim Marshall included a summary for readers of the science vocabulary study conducted in collaboration with Paula Goolkasian and Jenna Ray. The Marshall Memo is made up of summaries of 5 – 10 articles selected from 64 different journals each week and distributed worldwide. Too Close for (Brain) Comfort from the Middle School Journal was the article selected.

Research Interests:
Research interests include leadership in early childhood education, school leadership, arts in education, and incorporating the science of learning into educational environments.


Ed.D. 1996 University of Southern California Administration & Policy
M.A. 1990 California State University, Northridge Educational Administration
B.M.E. 1980 Louisiana State University Vocal Music Education
1977 University of California, Berkeley Music Major
1975 University of California, Davis Music


2015-2020 Board of Directors
Child Care Resources, Inc., Charlotte, NC
Chair, Early Head Start Board Subcommittee
Member, Strategic Planning Committee
2014-2015 Board of Directors,
Child Care Resources, Inc., Charlotte, NC
Little Wonders Auction Planning Subcommittee
Early Head Start Grant Liaison to Parent Policy Council
2012-2015 Member, Socrates Academy Charter School, Board of Directors
Chair of Principal/Assistant Principal/Business Manager Search Committees:
Co-Chair Curriculum Committee
Co-Chair High School Study Committee
Chair Community School of the Arts Development Committee
Co-Chair, School Leader Evaluation/Bonus Criteria Sub-Committee
2015-Present St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church Choir Member


The Aspiring High School Principal Program – Supported by The Wallace Foundation

The Early Childhood Directors Leadership Institutes – Supported by Race-to-the-Top Early Learning Challenge Grant,%20Reflect,%20Renew%20-%20Shore%20and%20Lambert.pdf

Applying Cognitive Science Principles – Supported by Faculty Research Grant