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.
A team of educators and psychologists at the Constructive Dialogue Institute (CDI) have collaborated to translate the latest behavioral science research into resources for teachers to use in the classroom so that dialogue can lead to holistic student learning and healthy classroom culture.
The Climate Initiative (TCI) provides tools to bring climate change education into your classroom and community. TCI’s Learning Lab includes freemultidisciplinary modules that introduce climate issues through the high school classroom and bring them to life in a student’s local landscape.
The National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and its sponsors are offering more than $600,000 in funding for PTAs/PTSAs interested in implementing an engaging National PTA program focused on STEM, literacy, digital citizenship, mental health, healthy lifestyles, or the arts.