Areas of educational interest: Brains are evenly distributed around the world, but education is not. I founded Teachers Without Borders in order to support teacher leaders, worldwide, so that their voices are heard and they can create change in their local communities – on a global scale. As a NGO founder and Visiting Fellow at Johns Hopkins, I am committed to building teacher professional development communities. I teach courses on comparative education, policy, education and development, and education in emergencies.
Why I’m Involved in EFF: As an early adopter of EFF principles, I believe that Education Fast Forward can advance the connection between teacher development and global development. EFF has enabled colleagues to speak candidly about the challenges they face, support efforts we all share in common, and emphasize sharing on a global scale.
At over 59 million strong, teachers are the largest professionally-trained group in the world. They know who is sick or missing or orphaned by AIDS. Teachers are the key catalysts of change. As a teacher, principal and Founder of Teachers Without Borders, Fred Mednick focuses on the connection between teacher professional development, worldwide, and human welfare by connecting local teacher leaders to information and each other—on a global scale.
All Teachers Without Borders programs are conceived, led and managed by regional educators. By focusing on partnerships, it is able to scale and make a direct connection between teacher quality and community resilience.
Mr. Mednick is interested in issues of content portability, Open Educational Resources and teacher development assessment.