NITLE Fellows: Fred Mednick

Fred Mednick founded Teachers Without Borders in 2000 after discovering a huge gap in global teacher professional development and recognizing the power of teachers as key catalysts for social change. Today, TWB has members in 202 countries and has worked in some of the most challenging places of the world—convening teachers from regions in conflict, establishing child-friendly spaces following natural disasters, creating communities of teachers where none have existed before. 

Dr. Jane Goodall now serves as TWB’s international spokesperson. The United Nations and
Ministries of Education have acknowledged TWB’s unique efforts. In 2010, TWB’s African
Regional Coordinator was awarded the Hero of African Education Award.

Mr. Mednick has led several open source educational resources and tools, with particular focus on connecting global communities of teachers to content, resources, tools, and each other. He has spoken at Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, and TED Talks, and lectures on Human Rights and Education at the University of Washington. He has been a delegate to the prestigious Global Creative Leadership Summit (100 of the world’s promising leaders) for four consecutive years; was Cisco Systems’ guest at the 2007 Nobel Prize ceremony; published a lead article in July 2011 on teacher education and national policy for 54 Commonwealth Ministers of Education.  

Mr. Mednick served as a principal for two prominent schools and authored Rebel Without A Car: An Insider’s View of Adolescence, along with several articles on education and development.  

Mr. Mednick earned his B.A. at the University of California, his M.A. at the Claremont Colleges, and his doctorate at Seattle University. Mr. Mednick has been married for 29 years and has two daughters. 

Selected Publications

  • “To Haiti from China: With Sorrow and Love,” Louis Blouin Foundation, 2010.
  • “Education and Islam,” Gather.com, 2008.
  • “Lesson 42: Teens,” Parent School, M. Evans and Co,. NY, 2002. Forward by Penelope Leach.
  • “Combating Terror with Education,” PBS Online, 2002. 
  • “You Can’t Teach an Old Dogma New Tricks,” New Horizons for Learning, 2001. 
  • “Rebel Without A Car: Surviving and Appreciating Your Child’s Teen Years,” Fairview Press, Minneapolis, 1996. 
  • “Notes Plus” and “Ideas Plus,” National Association of Teachers of English, 1995.
  • “From Newcomers to Naturalists: Early U.S. Literature,” Henan Univ. Press, 1994, in Chinese.