Using Mister Rogers' Blueprints to Build Better Learning Experiences

AIA Continuing Education Provider

1 LU

Pending Acceptance and Subject to Change

Fred Rogers was more than a nice guy in a sweater—he was also a learning scientist who was decades ahead of his time. In this talk, we’ll explore how Fred engineered Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood to develop the “tools for learning” that boost academic outcomes and social-emotional well-being among kids and adults alike. We’ll also discuss how educators, families, and communities can use Fred’s blueprints to nurture those tools today, igniting hope in learning spaces nationwide. With examples from Remake Learning, we’ll share inspiring, actionable ways to follow in Fred’s footsteps.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify how Fred Rogers engineered Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood to develop the "tools for learning" that experts now consider essential to children's success.
  2. Discover how funders, educators, and other caring adults can use Fred's blueprints to nurture wonder, belonging, justice, and joy.
  3. Understand the "the Fred Method"—that is, Fred Rogers' technique of combining whole-child support with what we're learning about learning itself.
  4. Develop ideas for applying "the Fred method" in attendees' learning spaces.

Gregg Behr, Executive Director, The Grable Foundation,
Gregg Behr is a father, children’s advocate, and director for the Grable Foundation whose work is inspired by 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. He's the co-author, with Ryan Rydzewski, of WHEN YOU WONDER, YOU'RE LEARNING: MISTER ROGERS' ENDURING LESSONS FOR RAISING CREATIVE, CURIOUS, CARING KIDS (Hachette, 2021). Website:,  Twitter: @greggbehr

Ryan Rydzewski, Writer, The Grable Foundation,

Ryan 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. He's the co-author, with Gregg Behr, of WHEN YOU WONDER, YOU'RE LEARNING: MISTER ROGERS' ENDURING LESSONS FOR RAISING CREATIVE, CURIOUS, CARING KIDS (Hachette, 2021). Website:, Twitter: @RyanRydzewski.  

Track: The Next Experience

What are the emerging trends in society, education, and/or school planning, design, construction, supply, and operation that should be informing our conversation today?

Primary Core Competency
Educational Visioning: Exhibits an understanding of best and next practices related to educational leadership, programming, teaching, learning, planning and facility design. Establishes credibility with educators, community members and design professionals while conceiving and leading a community-based visioning process. Demonstrates the ability to articulate the impact of learning environments on teaching and learning and uses that ability to facilitate a dialogue that uncovers the unique needs and long-range goals of an educational institution and its stakeholders – translating that into an actionable written/graphic program of requirements for the design practitioner.


Marriott Rivercenter
San Antonio, TX

October 5-9, 2022


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