Frederick honored for work in education

Alfred Frederick teaching a class.Dr. Alfred Frederick, a professor of curriculum and instruction at SUNY Oswego, has received a 2009 Syracuse Post-Standard People of Achievement Award in recognition of his work inspiring future educators at home and abroad.

“Teachers can make a life, or they can break a life. In that sense, they have an enormous amount of power,” Frederick said in a story the Post-Standard dedicated to him and his work last month in advance of the award ceremony.

He told how his seventh-grade teacher in Opelika inspired him to excel. “She’s a part of me. If you’ve touched a life, you have done something that is meaningful. And that is what I would like to do,” he said.

After graduating from J.W. Darden High School in Opelika, Frederick went on to receive his bachelor’s degree at Northern Illinois University, master’s at Columbia University, and doctorate at the University of Brussels in Belgium and complete post-doctoral work at Harvard University.

Frederick has taught in the SUNY Oswego School of Education since 1985. He has earned six Fulbright grants to teach, conduct research and consult in the African republic of Benin and in Brazil. He is the author of several books and guides.

A video about Frederick and his work can be viewed at

On the occasion of Frederick’s most recent honor, Mayor Matthew J. Driscoll of Syracuse wrote to him, “Your tireless dedication to education and the approach and attitude you take towards teaching is refreshing and inspirational. Through Project CLIMB and Project SMART you have been able to link students and faculty worldwide, connecting Central New York to the global community.”

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(Posted: May 20, 2009)