The Lasting Legacy of Fred Rogers

Steve Adubato goes on-location to The Turrell Fund Day for Children in Shelburne, Vermont to talk to Dr. Junlei Li, Saul Zaentz Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education and Senior Fellow at Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media. Steve and Dr. Li discuss the lasting legacy of Fred Rogers, the impact...

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How Mister Rogers Became a Timeless Oracle of Parenting Wisdom

He is best known for what he meant to children. That was, after all, what Fred Rogers’s life and career were all about — every song he sang, every puppet he voiced, every considered word he spoke on his beloved television program, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Mister Rogers was for kids. But he was for parents, too. For the adults who...

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Fred Rogers’ Approach to STEAM

Most people associate Fred’s work with social-emotional development. It certainly had that at its core, but I always thought of it as dealing with not only that, but the whole child -- or should I say “the whole neighborhood” including people, places and things. In fact, I would often say that Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood offered three basic messages: “helping children...

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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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