Distinguished Service Professor Alfred Daniel Frederick of SUNY Oswego's Curriculum and Instruction Department recently continued his global impact on education by presenting to representatives of five nations.

Frederick was invited as the principal speaker at the 5th English Teachers’ Celebration and Annual Conference for Teachers’ Professional Development on Dec. 28 in Ouidah, Benin, West Africa. The participants represented the Republics of Benin, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Togo and the United States of America.

The topic of his presentation was "The Impact of the Eurocentric Male-defined Curriculum on the Self-concept, Self-esteem and Academic Achievement of Culturally Diverse Student Populations: A Case for Culturally Responsive Pedagogy."

Prior to the above event, Frederick conducted a workshop in Porto Novo, the capital of Benin, for approximately 200 active participants which included primary and secondary school teachers, as well as school subject-matter inspectors on the importance of teachers becoming culturally responsive classroom practitioners.

Frederick continues to build a legacy internationally sharing his expertise and passion with others across the globe in the field of education. He has previously been honored by Benin for more than two decades of tremendous impact on the country’s education system.

His ongoing work with Benin resulted in the book “Bridging the Gap Between Home and School: A Paradigm for Monitoring, Assessing and Improving the Schooling Process for Culturally Diverse Student Populations,” sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. USAID sponsored the third edition of the book at Benin’s request, which furnished 9,000 copies to Benin’s teachers free of charge.