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.
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.