Dr. Abby Reisman is an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education in the Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division. Prior to her arrival at Penn GSE, Dr. Reisman was a visiting professor at Teachers College-Columbia University, and a researcher at the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing at UCLA. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University, where she directed the “Reading Like a Historian” Project in San Francisco, the first extended history curriculum intervention in urban high schools. Reisman began her career in education as a classroom teacher in a small, progressive high school in New York City.
Dr. Reisman’s work has appeared in Cognition and Instruction, Journal of Curriculum Studies, Teachers College Record, Journal of Teacher Education, and Teaching and Teacher Education. Her 2011 dissertation won the Larry Metcalf Award from the National Council for the Social Studies, and an article that emerged from it won the 2013 William Gilbert Award from the American Historical Association. Dr. Reisman was awarded the 2015 NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship and the 2019 Middle States Council for the Social Studies Harry J. Carmen Award for outstanding achievement in social studies research and teaching.
Research Interests and Current Projects
Dr. Reisman’s research centers on the secondary history classroom and the prospect of designing instruction around document-based inquiry and analysis. Although she first approached this work through the lens of curriculum design, her recent work has focused more squarely on teacher interpretation, preparation, and enactment of document-based curricular materials. In particular, Reisman studies teacher education and professional development experiences that prepare teachers to facilitate document-based discussions in history. Currently, Dr. Reisman is collaborating with a group of history teacher leaders to design an instructional coaching model focused on the core practices of document-based history instruction.
Ph.D. (Curriculum & Teacher Education) Stanford University, 2011
M.A. (History) Stanford University, 2007
B.A. (History) Brown University, 1996
Areas of Expertise
Teaching and learning in history classrooms
Teacher education and professional development