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.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in February.
Penn State’s Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction is led by expert faculty from the Penn State College of Education and conveniently offered online through Penn State World Campus. Through the exemplary in-class learning and research this program offers, you can advance your knowledge of curriculum, teaching, learning, teacher education, and educational supervision. Apply by April 1 for a May 17 start.
Apply today for the Sphere Summit: Teaching Civic Culture Together 2021. The annual Sphere Summit is a full-scholarship professional development program for educators of grades 5–12 that will take place June 27–July 1 and July 25–July 29 in Washington, DC. The summits will offer a hybrid experience, which will allow for both in-person and online attendance.