Resources

At the Fred Rogers Institute, we love the opportunity to share what we learn from the life and legacy of Fred Rogers. Our resources are developed from research into our Archive, and are created to ask new questions and continue to bring Fred’s work into our lives today with children. Take a look around, there is something for everyone!

From Foundations of Trust

From Foundations of Trust

As Educators' Neighborhood moves into its fifth year of educators learning together inspired by the life and work of Fred Rogers, I've been reflecting on the core of this work, it's essential through-line, the heart of it.

Remote Learning Lessons from Mister Rogers

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."

When we trust in teachers, teachers remember to trust in themselves

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.

Living Our Questions

Living Our Questions

Fred Rogers loved questions. And he loved inviting YOU to ask questions about anything and everything.

The Power of "I Don't Know"

The Power of "I Don't Know"

The importance of wonder and asking questions is nothing new to educators. Early Childhood educators especially, know how to allow opportunities for children's "why?" and "how?" and "hmm..." and "oh, my!"

Play as Truth

Play as Truth

"Play is a child's most important means of communication. Children are not self-conscious about playing. They play out what they think is real. That's the ultimate honesty. Children bring their whole inner drama to any relationship." - Fred Rogers

Can We Play That Love Song Again?

Can We Play That Love Song Again?

"A child was having a hard day, slumped in the corner of a classroom, shirt pulled over his head. He poked out of his shirt to yell to the teacher across the room who was engaged with the other children in the class: Hey, can we play that love song again?"

Sometimes Change Can Be Good

Sometimes Change Can Be Good

Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher stated, "Change is the only constant in life." While this may be true, it does not make the process of change any easier. I, like many others, thrive on consistency, routine, and knowing the expected. ...

Hope from the Helpers of the Educators' Neighborhood

Hope from the Helpers of the 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 lear

What Do You Notice?

What Do You Notice?

Press play on any episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and you'll find yourself invited to slow down and notice something. Settle in, take your time, look carefully, listen deeply.

Beautiful Gifts

Beautiful Gifts

School year 2020-21 was a year of wide-ranging and significant everything. Full of layered emotions and experiences existing between the ever-collapsing dichotomies of together-alone, 2D-3D, right-wrong, real-unreal, then-now, time-no time, nowhere-here.

Fred Rogers' Methodology of Beingness

Fred Rogers' Methodology of Beingness

I recently read a description of strong relationships as those built on a foundation where each person potentiates the other. I love thinking of potential in this practice-based way.

Beechwood Kindergarteners Learn with Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Beechwood Kindergarteners Learn with Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

"After 30 years of teaching, I never would have thought I'd be showing Mister Rogers' Neighborhood to my students," says Kathy Brown, a Kindergarten teacher at Pittsburgh Beechwood preK-5, in Pittsburgh Public Schools.

On the Importance of Slowing Down

On the Importance of Slowing Down

Slowness—as both an idea and practice—is a significant layer of what we can learn from Fred Rogers and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. And slowness is about much more than going slowly. Slowness opens a space for what is essential for children and their helpers.

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

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.

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