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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!

                     

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.

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."

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.

The Way It's Supposed To Be

The Way It's Supposed To Be

"That I might do things differently, and that's the way it's supposed to be." The voice is coming from one of the Pre-Primary teachers in the center where I worked as an administrator at the time. It is September of 2020 and we have just finished our weekly Zoom share ...

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.

The Not-So-Invisible Essentials of My Practice

The Not-So-Invisible Essentials of My Practice

In The Little Prince, the above line is a piece of wise advice given from the fox to the little prince as he travels and learns about the world. It is a piece of advice that is simple, yet profound. It is a quote that also profoundly shaped the work of Fred Rogers that was displayed in the Family Communications ....

Letters of Love and Learning: A conversation through the years

Letters of Love and Learning: A conversation through the years

In 2017, we began a pen pal project with our Kindergarten classes, both in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, but in different parts of the city. What began as a project for our students grew into a friendship and ongoing professional relationship, including our learning about Mister Rogers' Neighborhood with Educators'...

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.

View, Talk, Listen, and Grow

View, Talk, Listen, and Grow

The question of, "How might young children today respond to episodes of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood?" was an early wondering explored through observation of children and teachers watching episodes in classrooms.

Reflections on Fred Rogers' Healing Power of Presence

Reflections on Fred Rogers' Healing Power of Presence

Lately, I've been wondering what it was about the presence of Fred Rogers that helped to foster mutuality and connection. Throughout my time as a public educator, children and family pastor, and resident hospital chaplain, I have looked to Fred as an exemplar in how to engage and be with those I am seeking to serve...

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!"

As You Are

As You Are

"I like you as you are" is one of the most salient messages educators name in discussions about how Fred Rogers' work resonates with their practice. It's a message their students need to hear. It's a message their students' families need to hear. And it's a message that educators themselves need to hear.

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.

Music and Motherhood

Music and Motherhood

Music has been an important part of my life ever since I was a child. From early on, I have fond memories of hearing the songs of Mister Rogers, my mother singing me to sleep, going to church and singing the songs in the hymnal, participating in the choir, or taking part to sing or play instruments in music class ...

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.

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