Simple Interactions, a project of the Fred Rogers Center in partnership with researchers at Harvard University and University of Pittsburgh, has been adopted by schools, afterschool and summer programs, and other organizations for children in 35 states and several countries, including in China, Canada, and Scotland. Under the program, educators’ interactions with children are filmed to help strengthen relationships and educators’ professional growth. The approach is inspired by Fred Rogers’ words that we learn and grow best through relationships. Junlei Li, senior lecturer in early childhood education at Harvard Graduate School of Education, developed the program based on Rogers’ belief that media can be a positive force in children’s lives. Along with recording adult–child interactions, the model highlights four elements of human development—connection, reciprocity, inclusion, and opportunities to grow. The Simple Interactions tool defines opportunities to grow as “presenting incremental challenges and matching with appropriate support.” The data collected are used as feedback for teachers and others working with children, and a one-page resource illustrating the interactions serves as a means for conversation.
In a report on reopening schools in the United States, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine offers an updated review of the evidence from around the world and a set of recommendations on mitigation strategies for the coronavirus in school settings.
Professional Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) offers online programs that support educators at all stages. Through exceptional professional education that is responsive and relevant to the challenges practitioners face, HGSE can equip and empower educators worldwide to improve their practice in the service of their students, schools, and communities. HGSE’s online program portfolio is designed to impact a variety of learning needs and environments in whatever way best fits your schedule. With transformative adult learning, HGSE elevates student learning.
In spring 2018, Reaktor, an AI and tech partner in Finland, and University of Helsinki came together with the aim of helping people be empowered, not threatened, by artificial intelligence. Together, they built Elements of AI to teach the basics of artificial intelligence to people from a wide range of backgrounds.