Our first annual Educators’ Symposium in 2021 was a success! We had 175 attendees from 33 states and 5 countries join from many different contexts including early childhood, K-12 education, families, community organizations, administration/ leadership, higher education, and informal learning. We spent two days thinking about Fred Rogers and the many ways to apply his legacy and wisdom to our everyday practice. Read below to learn more about the 2021 sessions.
Stay tuned for more information about the 2022 Educators’ Symposium coming this spring!
Read below to learn more about this past Symposium.
You are invited to the inaugural Fred Rogers Center Educators’ Symposium where we will gather (online) to learn from the life and work of Fred Rogers and find ways to apply our learning into practice with children, families, and educators.
This two-day learning experience, anchored in archival and community resources of the Fred Rogers Center, will be full of collaboration, stories, inspiration, and joy. This will include:
Open to all educators (formal and informal), educational leaders, care providers, and others who work in the service of children, families, and educators. The cost is $143 to attend both days and $75 to attend one day. With your conference registration fee, you will receive access to session recordings and a certificate of attendance.
All times are EST!
10:30-12:30 Opening Keynote
Hedda Sharapan, Associate Producer of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
1:00-2:00 Learning from the Fred Rogers Archive
Emily Uhrin, Fred Rogers Center Archivist
The Fred Rogers Archive is home to over 20,000 items that document the life and work of Fred Rogers. In this session, Emily Uhrin, our archivist of 15 years, will offer an introduction to the archive and will share artifacts that connect Fred Rogers’ legacy to educators’ practice.
2:30-3:30 Music Making and Listening: What Fred Rogers Can Teach Us
Katie Palmer, Curator of Education, Musical Instrument Museum; Gretsch Music Fellow, Fred Rogers Center
Learn more about Fred Rogers’s relationship with music and how to employ many of the same practices in early childhood settings. From utilizing Fred Rogers’s songs to creating music together, this presentation focuses on how music fosters healthful development.
4:00-5:00 Appreciating and Promoting Deep and Simple Moments
Annie White, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, Fred Rogers Center
Fred Rogers reminds us that, “It is through relationships that learn best – and grow best.” Yet, how do we encourage, enhance, and empower the human relationships around children and youth? Real and lasting change can start with finding what ordinary people do extraordinarily well with children in simple, everyday moments. In this workshop session, we apply an approach to supporting helpers that relies on capturing and learning from every day, “simple interactions” in child- and youth-serving settings.
All times are EST!
10:30-12:30 Integrating Fred Rogers into Your Neighborhood
Moderated by Dana Winters, PhD., Executive Director of Fred Rogers Center
1:00-2:00 Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Episode Talk
Melissa Butler, Project Lead of Educators’ Neighborhood
Join us for this highly interactive session which will be rich with opportunities to examine foundational child-development methodology found in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood episodes. We’ll watch clips (not shown in other events this year) and have multiple small group conversations to share what we notice and how we connect this to our own contexts of practice. Come prepared to share the wisdom of your experience and learn from the wisdom of Fred Rogers and other educators.
2:30-4:00 Closing Keynote
Gregg Behr & Ryan Rydzewski, authors of “When You Wonder You’re Learning: Mister Rogers’ Enduring Lessons for Raising Creative, Curious, Caring Kids