Mister Rogers’ Blueprints for Learning – for 2021 and Beyond

Foundation Impact Research Group Seminar


Gregg Behr is the author of the book When You Wonder, You’re Learning, which explores the science behind Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, revealing what Fred Rogers called the “tools for learning:” essential skills and mindsets that boost everything from academic performance to children’s well-being. The first 35 people in attendance will receive a copy of the book.

Behr is executive director of The Grable Foundation and a children’s advocate whose work is inspired by the legacy of his hero, Fred Rogers. For more than a decade, he has helped to 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 Phi Beta Kappa- and Truman Scholar-graduate of the University of Notre Dame and also a graduate of the Duke University School of Law and Sanford School of Public Policy, Behr holds honorary degrees from Carlow University and Saint Vincent College. Nationally, he has served as board chair for Grantmakers for Education and also Grantmakers for Effective Organizations; as a trustee for GreatNonprofits.org and the Pew Partnership for Civic Change; and as an advisor to Independent Sector, the Fetzer Institute, and the Partnership for the Future of Learning. Currently, he’s an advisor to the Brookings Institution and the Fred Rogers Center.

In 2016, President Obama recognized Behr as a Champion of Change for his efforts to advance making and learning; in 2015, he was recognized as one of America’s Top 30 Technologists, Transformers, and Trailblazers by the Center for Digital Education; and in 2014, Gregg accepted the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award on behalf of Remake Learning and Kidsburgh.org.

This event is free and open to the public. Duke University strongly encourages all visitors be vaccinated. Masks are required indoors.

The Center for Child and Family Policy is co-sponsoring this event with The Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society.