Special Events

There is always something happening at the Fred Rogers Center. Whether it’s a special guest speaker for students, the Fred Forward Conference, our Click, Swipe, and Scroll: Teaching in the Digital Age Mini-Conference or the Fred Rogers Legacy Award, our events serve many difference audiences. Here’s what is on the horizon. Please check back often for additions and registration information.

Click, Swipe, Scroll: Teaching in the Digital Age Mini-Conference

Click, Swipe, Scroll: Teaching in the Digital Age is designed to provide continuing education credits and professional development through a one day mini-conference offering workshops grounded in the NAEYC-Fred Rogers Center Position Statement. Early educators are able to attend four sessions focused on using digital media and technology tools in early education. Just as technology changes, workshop themes are continually updated to ensure a high quality learning enrichment experience. Stayed tuned for details on our next mini-conference.

Fred Forward Conference

Founded to bridge and build the fields of early learning and children’s media, the Fred Forward Conference brings together researchers, technologists, media creators, educators, and advocates, to explore current and emerging issues impacting the healthy development of children birth to age 8. Fred Forward serves as the biennial release of the Fred Rogers Center-TEC Center at Erikson Institute report on technology and young children as well as a forum for panel discussions, lectures, and the latest updates from Incubator 143, the Communities of Learning, and “What Would Fred Rogers Do?” course. In the effort to incorporate the voices of young people, the Fred Forward Conference is the home of the Fred Chats, which highlight passionate millennials who are using their talents to change the world for children much like Fred Rogers did.

In 2017, the Fred Rogers Center will be changing the Fred Forward Conference to a smaller invitation-only symposium focused on developing and disseminating messages to improve outcomes for families. The Fred Forward Symposium will be held at Saint Vincent College May 14 to 16. A session for the general public is being planned, and more information about the session will be available in early February.