The Work of Fred Rogers: A Cross-Context Conference on Fred's Legacy in Action Today

June 21st and 22nd, 2024

WHEN: June 21st and 22nd, 2024
WHERE: Fred Rogers Center on the campus of Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA
REGISTRATION: Registration for this event will open on April 1, 2024 and will be announced on our website, newsletters, and social media platforms. Stay Tuned!
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Proposals are now being accepted! All proposals due by February 1, 2024.
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT: Act 48 credit will be available to Pennsylvania educators who present at or attend the Work of Fred Rogers Conference. All attendees will receive Certificates of Attendance that can often be applied to CEU credit in other states.


Fred Rogers first looked into the camera and asked us to be his neighbor more than fifty years ago, and the impact of his legacy still resonates today. Educators, clinicians, and practitioners in a range of child- and family-serving fields consistently turn to Fred Rogers’ legacy to inform their practice, and Fred’s wisdom continues to inspire families and children’s helpers. 

In the summer of 2024, the Fred Rogers Institute is pleased to convene its second annual Work of Fred Rogers Conference. This conference will be practice-focused and practice-informed. We are currently seeking proposals for sessions that consider how Fred Rogers’ legacy informs current work with children, youth, families and their helpers. This year's conference will feature sessions from educators and other child-serving professionals who have ideas, stories, and inspiration to share with peers. Some questions we hope to explore together include:

  • How does Fred Rogers’ work inform practice in classrooms, communities, and child- and youth-focused spaces? 
  • What can adults draw from Fred Rogers’ work as we seek to be children’s helpers in our world today?

This conference will be of interest to all educators and practitioners who work in the direct service of children and/or families, or who provide support to those who work directly with children or families. 

All are invited to submit a proposal for a 75-minute session. Read below for full details on the sessions and proposal guidelines. 

Session Details

Conference sessions will last 75 minutes, allowing time for presentations, Q&A, and/or workshop-style active learning sessions. It is suggested that sessions be designed and presented by one, two, or three presenter(s), although the review committee will consider proposals for larger groups of co-presenters. Multiple sessions will be offered at once throughout the conference days, allowing for attendees to attend sessions of their choice and allowing for a wider diversity of sessions. 

Proposal Guidelines

The proposal submission is designed to give the Work of Fred Rogers conference committee clarity in the intent and objectives of your proposed session, and an understanding of how the session content is tied to both Fred Rogers’ work and legacy and practice today with children, youth, families, and their helpers. The Committee understands that especially because these session ideas are rooted in practice, the exact content will be informed by your ongoing experiences in your work, and so it is expected that there will be developments and additions to your session before you present in June. Relevant submission fields in the proposal form will indicate the extent to which we expect that part of the proposal to be final or a draft that we know will adjust.

Proposal Due Date: Proposals are now being accepted, and will be accepted through February 1, 2024. You will be notified in mid-March if you are selected to present at the June 21-22 conference.

Proposal Submission Form

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