Remote Learning Lessons from Mister Rogers

As schools search for ways to educate children this school year, my heart reminds me to slow down to notice for what’s already here. We have a beautiful example of how to inspire joyful, curious learning through a screen. That example is Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. I study Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood [MRN] and work with teachers in Educators’ Neighborhood. We look to...

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Hope from the Helpers of Educators’ Neighborhood

Our educators of the neighborhood were in full swing in their classrooms in March, ready with next episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood to play, and creative ideas to try out with their students. Then, schools closed. Now, they remain closed. In challenging times, Fred Rogers is often quoted saying something he learned from his mother: “Look for the helpers. There are...

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Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Today: Learning from Educators in the Neighborhood

The 2019-20 school year is in full swing and educators who are part of the Fred Rogers Center’s Educators’ Neighborhood have been selecting and playing episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood for their young students since September. A group of fourteen early childhood (preK-Grade 3) educators from Pittsburgh and across the U.S. have been thinking about how the life and work of...

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Fred Rogers: A Role Model for Today’s Media Mentors

Recently, my third edited book was released featuring essays by 17 international thought leaders from the United States, Australia, Great Britain, Israel, Norway and Scotland. In Exploring Key Issues in Early Childhood and Technology: Evolving Perspectives and Innovative Approaches (Donohue, 2020), the contributing authors share their unique perspectives, innovative approaches and powerful ideas about the role of technology and media...

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When We Trust in Teachers, Teachers Remember to Trust in Themselves

In December 2018, I wrote a piece entitled “Beechwood Kindergarteners Learn With Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Now five months later, this same group of children continues to watch a new episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood each week, selected by their teachers. Teachers select episodes based on something that has happened in school, something children are discussing or reading about, or because...

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Thanksgiving: Sharing a Priceless Gift

Thanksgiving Day is one of the most important days of the year for my family. All of my mother’s relatives come over to spend the afternoon and evening with my parents, brother, and me. Every one of my Thanksgivings has been at my parents’ house, and the flow of the day is the same every year. There is a level...

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Comforting Our Neighbors

The Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media at Saint Vincent College extends our deepest sympathy to those affected by the tragic events in Squirrel Hill on Saturday. ...

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