Fred Rogers - The Friend, Teacher and Advocate

Take a deep dive into the teaching and educational philosophies of Fred Rogers! Join us at the Heinz History Center, where there is currently an exhibit about Mister Rogers Neighborhood, for an immersive day into the writings, videos and teachings of the renowned television creator, educator, advocate and of course, friend. The day begins with a keynote by Dr. Junlei Li, featuring video footage from the Fred Rogers Archive. Then, participate in two workshops. Workshop presentations by faculty of the Fred Rogers Center and the education staff of the Heinz History Center include: a special curated guide and explanation to select writings from the Fred Rogers Archive; a focus on incorporating imagination and making into early childhood education; how "Simple Interactions" matter on a daily basis; and incorporating literacy and digital media, both in a classroom and museum setting, into today's early learning.

The workshops focus on developmentally appropriate practice for educators and caregivers working with children ages birth through age nine.  However, many of the workshop offerings can also apply to students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade and after-school programs.


8:30-9:00am      Registration

9:00-10:30am    Welcome and Keynote

10:30-10:45am  Break

10:45-12:15pm  Workshop #1

12:15-1:00pm    Lunch

1:00-2:30pm      Workshop #2

2:30-2:45pm      Break

2:45-3:30pm      Wrap-Up Discussion 

How to Register

Please register now to reserve your space!  When the workshops are finalized, you will receive an email from Yu-Ling to select your preferred workshops.  We will do our best to place you in your requested workshop, but this is not guaranteed.  There is limited space in each workshop and workshop placement is based on the date of your registration so we recommend you register early. Registration is open until 5pm on Friday, October 14.

For groups of 6+, there is a 10% discount.  Please email Yu-Ling at if you have a group you're interested in registering for any UnConference.

What do I receive?

  • 5 hours of PQAS/DHS credits and/or Act 48
  • Light breakfast and lunch
  • Networking with colleagues new and old
  • Hands-on, interactive workshop sessions
  • Refreshed or refined thinkng about our work with young children


Please contact event planner Yu-Ling Behr at or call 412-421-3889.

For bus information, please visit for specific route information. 

A huge THANK YOU to: our co-hosts, the Fred Rogers Center and the Heinz History Center; our sponsors, PNC Grow Up Great, People's Natural Gas, Giant Eagle, and PITT Ohio; and to our workshop partners, without whom this would not be possible!