Lynch School of Education at Boston CollegeDr. Audrey A. Friedman
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After graduating from the University of Massachusetts in 1972 and a short teaching stint at South Hadley High School, Friedman moved to Philadelphia and took a position with the Parkway Alternative High School, a school "without walls." Designed as a program for students from a variety of backgrounds, Parkway catered to "at-risk" pupils from troubled backgrounds and gifted students enrolled in the program because of their advanced development. Typically, students in the Parkway Program found the usual high school environment incompatible with the way they best learned and achieved. More constructivist in its approach, the Parkway Program, enlisted students' voices in developing their courses of study. Also, the program made use of the human and material resources available in the city of Philadelphia. Parkway's 200 students and 12 teachers would meet in various locations throughout Philadelphia lent to the program by the city or local universities and lessons were based on a student's individual needs, recalls Friedman.

"It was an amazing experience and changed my views about how to approach education," said Friedman, who spent four years with the program, along the way earning a master's degree in reading and language arts from the University of Pennsylvania.

Friedman continued her work with a diverse student population when she returned to her native Attleboro, where she taught and consulted in the public school system for 11 years.

Friedman arrived at Boston College in 1990, working in the Lynch School of Education's Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation and Educational Policy and earning a doctorate in curriculum, instruction and higher education in 1995.

Among a variety of other professional responsibilities, Friedman works with administrators at Brighton High School and the Jackson-Mann Community School in Allston to tailor reading and writing instruction to the strengths and abilities of the individual student.

Dr. Friedman received the Boston College Distinguished Faculty Award for excellence in teaching (2000-01). Link to full article.

In 2003, Dr. Friedman received the Mary Kaye Waldron Award. Friedman was selected by a committee composed of student leaders from various groups on campus such as Appalachia Volunteers, The Heights, 4Boston, and UGBC. The selection committee read over 50 student-submitted nominations and based their decision on such characteristics and qualities as embodied by Mary Kaye when she attended BC. Link to full article.

Material in this section is based upon excerpts from Dr. Friedman's interview with the Boston College Chronicle about the Distinguished Faculty Award.

In 2005, Dr. Friedman co-received the Boston Higher Education Partnership Award with a practicing teacher. This award is given in recognition of outstanding leadership and service to school-college partnerships.

Since 2004, Dr. Friedman has served as chair of the Department of  Teacher Education, Special Education, and Curriculum and Instrution. In addition, she has served as chair of the Clinical Practice Team and the Learning Design Community for the Teachers for a New Era grant (with an emphasis on Arts & Sciences faculty involvement in teacher preparation and induction), as well as a member of the Executive Committee of the Leadership Team and the Leadership Team, since 2004. Currently Dr. Friedman is involved in working with university faculty from both Arts & Sciences and LSOE to design an interdisciplinary undergraduate content major for prospective elementary teachers and working on using "Tapped In" as an online platform for mentoring new teachers. She is also working with faculty from across the university to find ways to integrate Ignation pedagogy into university teaching.

 

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