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Fred Mednick: SOE Faculty 

Fred Mednick EdD

Assistant Professor
(206) 356-4731

Program Affiliations

Teachers Without Borders


Dr. Mednick founded Teachers Without Borders (TWB) in 2000, in order to provide professional development for teacher leaders on a global scale. Today, Teachers Without Borders has a membership and partnership network in 184 countries.  His research interests and global online courses focus on comparative urban education, information technology and teacher education, the connection between teacher professional development and social change, NGO entrepreneurship, education in emergencies, girls’ education, and education for peace and human rights.

Dr. Mednick has served as the principal of two leading schools in Los Angeles and Seattle, and wrote, “Rebel Without a Car:  A Principal’s Guide to Adolescence.” On behalf of Cisco, he served as the primary PI on Millennium Development Goal projects for the Clinton Global Initiative.  With support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, he developed open educational resources and teacher platforms adopted by Scholastic and the Organization of American States. In partnership with the United States Geological Survey in 2013, he conceived and launched The Girls’ Earthquake Science and Safety Initiative. 


Ed.D., Seattle University, School of Education (1999), Global Educational Leadership and Comparative Education

M.A., Claremont Graduate School (1982), Education

BA, University of California, Santa Cruz (1976), Literature

Courses Taught

ED 880.504 Global Urban Education

ED 900.504 Global Urban Education Professional Development

ED 900.502 Educating Girls

ED 900.503 ASAP: Education in Emergencies

ED 900.501 Peace & Human Rights Education

Grants and Contracts Awarded

Organization of American States (2009-2014). Teacher Development in Latin America. With Konrad Glogowski, Ph.D. 

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (2007-2013). Open Educational Resources for Scholastic; Emergency Education in China and Haiti; general operating support.

Cisco Foundation and Cisco Public Benefit Investment Group (2003-2013).  Development of teacher online platform; Certificate of Teaching Mastery, Millennium Development Goals in sub-Saharan Africa for the Clinton Global Initiative.

Agilent Foundation (2007-2010). Inquiry Science Professional Development for Teachers in Sichuan, China; Earthquake Science and Safety Education.

Recent Publications and Presentations

Mednick, F. (2013). Global education is change. Keynote for Model United Nations of Taiwan. American School in Taichung, Taiwan.

Mednick, F. (2012). Education from below the ground and up. Panelist for Harvard International Development Conference. Cambridge, MA.

Mednick, F. (2012). Open educational resources, emergency education, and literacy. Panelist for United States International Agency conference

Mednick, F. (2011). Old dogmas and new tricks: teacher collaboration versus magic bullets and killer apps. Commonwealth Minister's Briefing Book. 270-273.

Mednick, F. (2010). Open educational resources and teacher professional development. Panelist for Oxford Beyond Borders Conference. Oxford University, UK

Mednick, F. (2010). Keynote for East Asia Regional Council of Schools, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia