Rita Catalano, Fred Rogers Center: Promoting Educational Standards

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Rita Catalano, Fred Rogers Center: Promoting Educational Standards

  1. 1. Cooney Center Leadership Forum Panel Promoting “Educational” Standards Rita Catalano, Executive Director, Fred Rogers Center May 17, 2011 www.fredrogerscenter.org
  2. 2. Fred Rogers <ul><li>“ Please think of the children first. If you ever have anything to do with their entertainment, their food, their toys, their custody, their day or night care, their education – listen to the children, learn about them, learn from them. </li></ul><ul><li>Think of the children first.” </li></ul>
  3. 3. Related Work by FRC <ul><li>Technology in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Position Statement with National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.naeyc.org/positionstatements/technology </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Framework for Quality in Children’s Digital Media </li></ul><ul><ul><li>American Center for Children and Media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FRC Senior Fellows from Northwestern University and Erikson Institute </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Joan Ganz Cooney Center </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. FRC Position <ul><li>Technology and interactive media are learning tools that, when used in intentional and developmentally appropriate ways and in conjunction with other traditional tools and materials, can support learning and development for young children. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Young Children Learn Through… <ul><li>Active, hands-on, creative, and authentic engagement with their world </li></ul><ul><li>Social interaction with adults and other children </li></ul><ul><li>A recurring cycle of awareness, exploration, inquiry, and use </li></ul><ul><li>Play </li></ul><ul><li>Innate curiosity and a need to know </li></ul><ul><li>Individualization, based on age, developmental level, needs, interests, and ability </li></ul>
  6. 6. FRC Roundtable-January 2011 Descriptors of Excellence in Children’s Media

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