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Parenting Our Future


May 18, 2021

It all started on February 19th, 1968 when the first episode of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood aired. Little did we know that the simple sets, sweaters, sneakers, and little trolly were all made deliberately to foster a love of learning and wonder.

In this episode, I’m talking to Mr. Rogers Super Fans, Greg Behr and Ryan Rydzewski, who co-authored the book, When You Wonder You’re Learning – Mister Rogers’ Enduring Lessons for Raising Creative, Curious, Caring Kids.

Both were raised in Pennsylvania, the home of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, and grew up watching and learning from him. In their work, as adults, they have taken the learnings from Fred Rogers and the science of learning to help guide us to raise kids with a love of learning, that lights them up.

In this episode we talk about:

● How artful and sophisticated Mr. Rogers was in his show and teachings
● How we know more about the science of how people learn and what’s really important (Mr. Rogers was way ahead of his time!)
● When it comes to learning, how important it is for a child to be listened to, their need to feel physically and psychologically safe, and to feel loved and capable of loving
● The “Fred Method” for learning, which is Curiosity, Creativity, Communication and working together.
● Learning loss during the Pandemic and what learning is really important
● The power of wonder

You can find Gregg and Ryan’s book, When you Wonder, You’re Learning, anywhere books are sold. For your copy of the first chapter of their book for free, go to www.parent-toolbox.com

About Gregg Behr and Ryan Rydzewski

Gregg Behr is a father, children’s advocate, and director for the Grable Foundation whose work has drawn comparisons to his hero, Fred Rogers. For more than a decade, he has helped lead Remake Learning—a network of educators, scientists, artists, and makers he founded in 2007—to international renown. Formed in Rogers’ real-life neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Remake Learning has turned heads everywhere from Forbes to the World Economic Forum for its efforts to ignite children’s curiosity, encourage creativity, and foster justice and belonging in schools, libraries, museums, and more. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and also Duke University, Gregg holds honorary degrees from Carlow University and Saint Vincent College. He’s an advisor to the Brookings Institution and the Fred Rogers Center, and has been cited by Barack Obama, Richard Branson, and the Disruptor Foundation as an innovator and thought leader.

Twitter: @greggbehr
www.remakelearning.org

Ryan Rydzewski is a writer whose science and education reporting has garnered several awards and fellowships. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, he taught elementary school in south Louisiana before earning an MFA in nonfiction writing from Chatham University. As a freelancer, his magazine stories focus on everything from schools to space travel to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and his poems and other pieces appear in several journals. A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, Ryan lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Jacqueline.

Twitter: @ryanrydzewski
www.ryanrydzewski.com

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