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.
Many of us have the tech, but we don’t always know how or where it makes sense to use it in the classroom. In this freely downloadable webinar recording, Edina Public Schools and Logitech discuss simple, school-tested ways to use technology to creatively enhance learning.
The panelists share creative ways to personalize learning in virtual, hybrid, and in-person classrooms. They suggest ways to connect students with unique career pathway experiences and virtual internships, and expand global exchange global exchange program possibilities.
You’ll come away with creative ways to personalize learning and specific school-tested strategies that you can use immediately.
Access the FREE webinar recordinghere to empower student expression, engagement, and connection today.
Children and teens are bullied in schools all across the country, including many Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) youth who face unique cultural, religious, and language barriers that can keep them from getting help. The nonprofit Act To Change empowers students, families, and educators with the knowledge and tools they need to help stop and prevent bullying in their communities.