Marissa Friedman is pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, in the Education, Culture, and Society program. Her studies focus on the history of education, with a focus on the history of American history textbooks and competing narratives about the Civil War.
Before entering graduate school, Ms. Friedman worked for four years at Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City, directing the creation, revision, and implementation of history curriculum in world and U.S. history for the network’s 15 middle schools. She also led the public release of this curriculum on Success Academy’s Education Institute website, where educators from around the world can access the curriculum and supporting e-courses for free.
Ms. Friedman has also created and led teacher and leader trainings in history curricula for stakeholders within and outside the Success Academy charter network, and she has designed professional development e-courses for history teachers. She currently writes elementary school history curriculum for the Lavinia Group.
Ms. Friedman holds a B.A. in American History and Literature from Harvard University, with a focus on the Civil War and Reconstruction.