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Posted: Thursday Feb 23, 2012

February 23, 2012

Jude M. Shingle of Erie has been named an Early Career Fellow by the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College, it was announced by Rita Catalano, executive director.

Mr. Shingle, a native of Mt. Lebanon, earned a bachelor of arts degree in studio arts and a minor in American studies with honor from Allegheny College in 2008. He has worked as director of Neighborhood After School Programs for AmeriCorps VISTA, as education coordinator for the Erie Art Museum, as a Pennsylvania rostered artist-in-residence and as a freelance videographer and illustrator.

He is the writer, director and animator of a ten-minute narrative film, Eudaimonia, which won four awards in 2008 including Best Short Film for Environmental Preservation at the Artivist Film Festival in Hollywood, and Best Short Film in the Colorado Environmental Film Festival in Boulder, Colorado

Beginning this month, Mr. Shingle will work with the Fred Rogers Center and the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC) as part of a team to create videos that draw from best practices of the former Beginning with Books program. The videos will highlight effective ways for teachers and family child care providers to connect with parents on how to promote literacy with young children, birth through age 5. Mr. Shingle will also create a supplemental guide as a resource for educators.

“This is the perfect opportunity for me to utilize all of my talents and interests and synthesize them together,” Mr Shingle commented. “Having watched Mister Rogers Neighborhood when I was growing up makes this a very interesting project. I will be working to create a series of videos for home care providers that will communicate best practices for early literacy, integrating technology and media for young children. It will be used in conjunction with the Fred Rogers Center Early Learning Environment™(Ele), a website that focuses on using digital media to support early learning and development. We will be able to take all of these materials that have been used for professional development and put them on the website where they are openly accessible.”

“Our ambition is to make it engaging and fun,” he concluded, “but with an understanding that it is very important. It will be educational and interactive.”

The mission of the Fred Rogers Center (www.fredrogerscenter.org) at Saint Vincent College is to advance the fields of early learning and children’s media by acting as a catalyst for communication, collaboration, and creative change. The Center houses the Fred Rogers Archive including videos and materials from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. The national signature programs of the Center are the Early Career Fellows program, the Fred Rogers Center Early Learning Environment™ (www.yourele.org), and the Fred Forward Conference series.

Further information about the Early Career Fellows program is available at www.fredrogerscenter.org or 724 805-2868.


Photo: Jude M. Shingle of Erie, center, was named an Early Career Fellow by the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College in January and has begun project planning with Michael Robb, left, director of education and research of the Early Learning Network at the Fred Rogers Center, and Sandi Koebler, right, project advisor from the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children.