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Two Named Senior Fellows by Fred Rogers Center at SVC

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Posted: Tuesday Dec 18, 2012

Dec. 18, 2012

The Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College has named two new senior fellows, according to an announcement by Rita Catalano, executive director of the Rogers Center.

The senior fellows are David Kleeman, president of the American Center for Children and Media (ACCM) in Chicago, and Dr. Alice Wilder, an independent media producer and formative researcher in New York City. Wilder is the latest Senior Fellow to be named to the Rogers Center’s PNC Grow Up Great Endowed Fellowship.

As president of the ACCM, Kleeman guides an executive roundtable of children’s media industry leaders in timely strategic planning. He develops and executes a broad range of professional development services for television, digital media, research, education and child development specialists. A graduate of Harvard University where he earned a bachelor of arts degree with honors in psychology and social relations, he also studied television program design with producers from Children’s Television Network. He serves as Governor of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, representing the Children’s Programming Peer Group and is a member of the education committee of the Television Academy Foundation. He has chaired the International Advisory Board of the worldwide children’s television festival, Prix Jeunesse, for more than ten years. A former president of the Sidwell Friends School Chicago Alumni Association, he is also a former member of the Sidwell Friends Alumni Association Executive Board.

Wilder is chief content officer of Speakaboos, executive producer of Cha-Ching: Money Smart Kids, and co-creator and head of research and education for Super Why. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Skidmore College and a doctorate of education from Columbia University Teachers College. She is currently a member of the advisory boards for The Sandbox Summit, Teachers College School Partnership Advisory Council, The Ultimate Block Party, The Speyer Legacy School in New York, Business Innovation Factory in Providence, and the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden at the New York Botanical Garden. She was a producer and director of research and development for Blue’s Clues; Little Bill and Oswald on Nick Jr.; Children’s Television Workshop, PBS Kids Children’s Television Workshop and others. In 2011, she was a Fellow for The Grable Foundation’s Kids+Creativity work in Pittsburgh. The author or co-author of 19 books including Mrs. Pepper’s Mother’s Day (Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing Division), Wilder is the co-author of numerous articles in professional journals, and she is a frequent presenter at national conferences for education and for media makers. Honored with the Early Career Award from Teachers College at Columbia University and the Miriam Levin Goldberg Research Prize, she has also been recognized for her work on Blue’s Clues with an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Pre-School Program, an Emmy nomination for outstanding writing in a children’s series, the Prix Jeunesse Award, Parents Gold Choice Award, a Cable Ace Award nomination and an Excellence in Education Award. Her work on Super Why for PBS also earned a nomination as an outstanding preschool program.

According to Catalano, “The Rogers Center is pleased and honored that David and Alice will be working with us as Senior Fellows. Their contributions and standing in the world of children’s media bring an important perspective and voice to our Center’s work. As Senior Fellows, they both will play key roles as contributors to the new Fred Rogers Center blog to be launched in early 2013.

The Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media (www.fredrogerscenter.org) was established at Saint Vincent College in 2003. The Center houses the official archive of Fred Rogers’ work including scripts, videos, and artifacts from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. In addition to the Senior Fellows program, the Center’s national programs and initiatives include the Fred Rogers Center Early Learning Environment™ (www.yourele.org), a web-based resource in early literacy and media literacy for teachers, family child care providers and families; the Early Career Fellows program for supporting new professionals in early learning and children’s media who are committed to the legacy of Fred Rogers; and the Fred Forward Conference Series. The work of the Rogers Center also includes collaborations with faculty and students in the Saint Vincent College Fred Rogers Scholars program and an undergraduate minor in children’s studies.

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Photos: David W. Kleeman and Dr. Alice A. Wilder 

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