Academic Leadership

Academic Leadership Team

Oversight and global curriculum and training development representing three top universities:  Johns Hopkins University, George Mason University, and the University of Brussels.  Lead professors in each university have collaborated upon a customized program meeting each country’s needs such as:  ICT for teachers; professional and continuing development in teaching and learning, curriculum, mentorship, and evaluation and assessment; early childhood education; and community participation and ongoing learning.

Dr. Fred Mednick

Founder – Teachers Without Borders
Professor, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University
e.   m: 206-356-4731   Skype: twbfred

Dr. Fred Mednick’s research interests and specialty are in global teacher professional development, leadership, ICT integration, online learning, strategic planning, university partnerships, and measurement and evaluation.  He is the author of several publications focusing on the critical role of teacher development in sustainable societal change. He has authored books and articles on adolescence, American literature, open educational resources, human rights, education in emergencies, leadership, and international development.

About Teachers Without Borders (TWB)

Dr. Mednick founded  Teachers Without Borders in 2000,  a non-profit organization with teacher leaders in 184 countries focused on building local educational capacity through teacher communities of practice. Teachers Without Borders programs include girls’ education, peace and human rights, science and safety, inquiry science, emergency education, global education, cultural exchange, capacity building, ICTs in education, strategic planning, and policy development.Teachers Without Borders has won the Champion of African Education award and led major initiatives for the Clinton Global Initiative, Cisco Systems, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

About Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education (JHU)

As an Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education, Dr. Mednick has launched its global teacher professional development online courses for Continuing Education Units and taught doctoral students focusing on addressing challenging problems of practice.  Johns Hopkins University is ranked first in the United States among graduate schools of education by U.S. News & World Report.  

About the Organization of American States (OAS)

The Organization of American States is the oldest regional association, conceived in order to achieve among its 34 member states “an order of peace and justice, to promote their solidarity, to strengthen their collaboration, and to defend their sovereignty, their territorial integrity, and their independence.”  As an advisor to senior education leaders at OAS, Dr. Mednick helps shape research for education policy, with a particular focus on culturally-based, sustainable teacher professional development.



Dr. Padmanabhan Seshaiyer

Professor, Mathematical Sciences
Director, STEM Accelerator Program
Director, Center for Mathematics Prof. Outreach and Ed. Technology
College of Science, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: (703) 993-9787  Fax: (703) 993-1491  cell: (806) 239 8738
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Dr. Seshaiyer is a global expert on STEM and teacher professional development. As a tenured professor at George Mason University, his research expertise has focused on computational mathematics, computational biomechanics, mathematics education, and educational outreach.  Dr. Seshaiyer has initiated and directed a variety of educational programs including graduate and undergraduate research, K-12 outreach, teacher professional development, and enrichment programs to foster the interest of students and teachers in STEM at all levels. He has received multiple grants from several agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, Whitaker Foundation, Texas Advanced Research Program, Virginia Department of Education, and State Council for Higher Education in Virginia.

In addition to his research accomplishments, Dr. Seshaiyer has contributed extensively to teaching and won several prestigious awards, including the President’s Excellence Award in Teaching which is the highest award for teaching offered at two different institutions, the faculty mentoring excellence award in 2013 and the GMU Alumni Faculty of the Year in 2014. Dr. Seshaiyer’s teaching philosophy is:  “Here is a problem, find the mathematics to solve it” rather than “Here is the mathematics, go solve the problem.”Mathematics Professional Enrichment and K-12 outreach programs

About STEM Accelerator Program

The STEM Accelerator Program at George Mason University is designed to increase the number and retention of science majors, reduce the time to graduation, and provide career advising to improve job placement rates. The program offers laboratories, awards, and intensive professional development programs for youth and teachers.

About Center for Mathematics Professional Outreach and Educational Technology

The Center for Mathematics Professional Outreach and Educational Technology is a mathematics partnership program focused on onsite professional development (through summer institutes, follow up seminars, and content-focused coaching.  The Center’s emphasis on  sustained, intensive, and high-quality professional development for math teachers, special educators, and teachers of Limited English Proficient (LEP) students addresses needs identified in school/district professional development plans.

Dr. Koen Lombaerts

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
Department of Educational Sciences (Room 3B242a)
tel +32 2 629 2626  mobile +32 478 249 779

Dr. Koen Lombaerts is director of the EduLab Institute Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB); head of the Department of Educational Sciences of the Faculty of Psychology and Education (VUB); and chairman of the Alliance Research Group Vrije Universiteit Brussel-University Ghent ‘Innovation, Diversity and Educational Approaches’ (IDEA). The work of Koen Lombaerts deals with the development and implementation of innovative learning environments within formal and informal educational settings.

A central focus in his research is clarifying learner needs when designing learning and e-learning environments, taking into account the impact of self-regulatory skills of students and teachers. He is currently promoter of several research projects and PhD’s within this domain and published several peer-reviewed articles in high standard international scientific journals on these topics. His teaching focuses on change and innovation in education and lifelong learning with a specific interest in self-regulated learning environments.

About EduLab

The EduLab Institute is part of the Department of Educational Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium, Europe), a research-based and internationally oriented unit offering several high-quality educational programs in instructional and educational sciences. EduLab promotes interdisciplinary collaboration for educational innovation. It works as an eclectic collection of researchers, educators and practitioners with diverse backgrounds and experience, generating ideas and implementing experiments that have the potential to transform education. EduLab programs share the common purpose of promoting social inclusion in educational priority areas and implementing innovative learning environments. EduLab is composed of 50 core and associated staff members.


For more information

Lesley Zark, Executive Director
The International Institute for Education for Development (IIED)
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