Dr. Joanne Marien
For the past decade, Dr. Joanne Marien has led way in promoting human rights education in public schools. Drawing upon her rich background as a teacher, curriculum leader, principal and Superintendent of Schools in suburban New York, Dr. Marien is known for her groundbreaking, district wide efforts to center global awareness and social action as the focal points of the curriculum throughout the grades. She has since expanded her influence through her role as Director of Educational Programs for the Creative Visions Foundation, where she is leading the development of Rock Your World. Dr. Marien also consults with the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights’ Speak Truth to Power curriculum, parts of which are aligned with Rock Your World.
Dr. Marien holds three advanced degrees, including a doctorate from Columbia University. She has taught numerous professional and graduate level courses ranging from curriculum design to organizational innovation and change. Currently, she is a clinical professor in the doctoral program in Educational Leadership at Manhattanville College, New York.
Tricia Baldes has been a middle school English teacher for over a decade. Her interest in social action and peace education was nurtured while working in a school district that pioneered developing a k-12 human rights curriculum. With colleagues, Tricia developed a social action classroom curriculum that served as the basis for Rock Your World.
Tricia has a Masters in English from Lehman College. She has led numerous professional development workshops and has presented at national conferences. Currently, she teaches eighth grade in Somers, NY.
Katie Gould is the PBS NewsHour Extra Teacher Resource Producer. Prior to teaching high school social studies for six years, Katie worked as a researcher in psychiatric medicine specializing in neuroscience. Katie holds a Masters degree in Secondary Education from George Washington University.
Her passion for human rights and STEM education has served as an inspiration for her popular education resources that have been viewed and downloaded by more than 400,000 educators. Her resources can be found on PBS NewsHour Extra, PBS Learning Media, Share My Lesson and the RFK Center’s Speak Truth To Power program.