Authors Gregg Behr, Ryan Rydzewski and Jordan Shapiro will be joined by NPR’s Anya Kamenetz for a special Father’s Day event to discuss their new books on parenting and the experience of fatherhood in the 21st century.
Gregg Behr and Ryan Rydzewski’s When You Wonder, You’re Learning: Mister Rogers’ Enduring Lessons for Raising Creative, Curious, Caring Kids introduces a new generation to the wisdom of Fred Rogers. The authors define the scientific scaffolding supporting Rogers’ “tools for learning” - curiosity, creativity, and collaboration. Anecdotes from scientists, teachers and friends – some who worked directly with Rogers – bring his values to life. These accessible tools can help children in the classroom and in their personal lives, preparing them to become good humans who love and respect their neighbors.
Many parenting books explore parenthood from the perspective of the mother, but Jordan Shapiro’s Father Figure: How to Be a Feminist Dad provides much-needed context on the experience of fatherhood. Shapiro reflects on his own adventures in parenting through the lens of sociology, economics, philosophy, and gender studies. Challenging traditional paradigms of parenting, Shapiro argues that the conventional role of the father is due for a much-needed update. Readers are encouraged to rediscover their delight in parenting as they become the woke fathers that children of any gender can look-up to.
Gregg Behr, executive director of The Grable Foundation, is a father and children's advocate whose work is inspired by his hero, Fred Rogers. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Duke University, Gregg holds honorary degrees from Carlow University and Saint Vincent College. In 2007 he founded Remake Learning, a network of educators, scientists, artists, and makers. He's also an advisor to the Brookings Institution and the Fred Rogers Center.
Ryan Rydzewski is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh who taught fifth grade before earning an MFA in nonfiction from Chatham University. In addition to his work for nonprofits, he writes feature stories and creative pieces that have appeared in Pittsburgh Magazine, Hippocampus, and elsewhere. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife Jacqueline, and their (very) old-soul beagle, Walter.
Jordan Shapiro, PhD, is an author, educator, and researcher. He is Senior Fellow for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, and Nonresident Fellow in the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution. He teaches in Temple University's Intellectual Heritage Program, and he wrote The New Childhood: Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connected World. He lives in Philadelphia with his two sons.
Anya Kamenetz is an education correspondent at NPR. She is also the author of several books. Her latest book is The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life. Her previous books include Generation Debt; DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education, and The Test. Kamenetz was previously a staff writer for Fast Company and has contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post, New York Magazine and Slate.
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