Tom Frederick

Tom Frederick M.S., Ed.S., Ed.D

Chair of General Education

Tom Frederick holds a BA in English Education from Biscayne College (1974), an MS in Educational Administration and Supervision from Barry College (1976), and Ed.S. and Ed.D degrees in Educational Administration and Supervision from Florida Atlantic University (1980 & 1982).

He worked for the School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida for forty years as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal. During the last thirty-two years of his public school career, he was a school administrator, serving as the instructional leader at numerous elementary and secondary schools. He was the 2005 “Assistant Principal of the Year” for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the fourth-largest school system in the United States. He was also named a “Heavy Hitter in Education” by the South Florida Business Journal in March of 2005. Frederick retired from his public school career in 2014.

Frederick has made numerous presentations at national and international conferences on the topics of using technology to enhance instruction, using data to drive instruction, and family literacy. The following presentations have particular relevance to this presentation.

2002      SITE Conference-Nashville “Bridging the Digital Divide in South Florida”

2003      SITE Conference-Albuquerque “Curriculum Technology: How Technology Can Enhance the Standard Curriculum”

2003     Ed Media-Honolulu “Multimedia Projects: Professors Connect with Classroom Teachers”

2005    Florida Educational Technology (FETC)-Orlando  “Bridging the Digital Divide in South Florida”

2008     Florida Educational Technology (FETC)-Orlando “Bridging the Digital Divide-Family Literacy”

2014      Teaching Engagement Symposium-Kingston, Jamaica “Using Technology to Enhance Instruction” &  “Classroom Management”

2015      Union Institute & University-National Professional Development “Increasing Instructional Content Hours Through Personal Video”

2015       Florida Association of Post Secondary Education-Miramar and Hialeah “Alternatives to PowerPoint”

2015       Union Institute & University-online webinar “Using Articulate REPLAY to Make Personal Videos”

2015       JCTE Conference 2015-Montego Bay, Jamaica “Educational Leadership Strategies Required in Changing Classroom Dynamics” & “Developing Strategies for Dynamic & Interactive Classroom Management”

2016      JCTE Conference 2016- Montego Bay, Jamaica “Designing instructional Strategies to Improve Student Participation in Classrooms” & “Strategies in Creating a Student-Centered Learning Environment”

2017       Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica. Ocho Rios, Jamaica | Three-day Workshop on Engagement in the Classroom

2020       Union Institute & University National Faculty Meeting “Tech Slam”

2021         Institute for Social Justice Webinar“Empowerment Through Online Learning: How Access to Education Fosters Social Justice Now and in the Future.”

2021         Montego bay Community College “Possibilities: Online Instruction”

He has published the following two books:

2020    Back to the one Room Schoolhouse: The New Norm in Education (ISBN# 979-8552209965)

2021    The Exemplary Teacher School (ISBN# 979-8511698205)

He has edited the following book:

2020   LITBITS 101: Little Bits of life

He has been a professor at the Union Institute & University since 1998, as an adjunct professor, advisor, part-time faculty, full-time faculty, Chair of General Education, and Interim Executive Director.  He has taught in the undergraduate, Master’s, and Ed.D. programs.  He is currently the national Chairperson for General Education.  Current courses taught include EDU 704 Current Issues in K-12, EDU 705 Current Issues in Higher Education, GWRI 101 The Writer Within, in addition to other Education and English Literature courses as needed.