Dr. Fred Mednick founded Teachers Without Borders in 2000 in order to provide professional development for teachers on a global scale. TWB's network of local educational leaders conceive, run, develop, and adapt programs designed to connect demand-driven needs in education with human welfare. TWB now has a membership in 183 countries and offers an Certificate of Teaching Mastery; an innovative toolset connecting a global social network to communities of practice and courseware; an emergency education program (particularly focused on earthquake science); and training for teachers to serve as Millennium Development Ambassadors.
He received his BA from the University of California; his MA from Claremont Graduate University; and his EdD from Seattle University. He has led two K-12 institutions and written numerous publications on adolescence, international development, and comparative education. In 2006, Dr. Mednick was invited to the Nobel Peace Prize Public Service Summit. In 2010, Teachers Without Borders' Africa office was awarded Hewlett/Ashoka's "Hero of African Education" award.
For 2012-2013, he will also serve as a Visiting Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Education, focusing on connecting global education and teacher professional development. Dr. Mednick has been an active delegate to the Blouin Creative Leadership Summit (100 leaders) for five consecutive years.
Dr. Mednick is currently preparing a book for publication in 2012 on the stories of teacher leaders who have overcome obstacles in order to serve their communities.