Dr. Dana Winters

Usery Forum on Leadership Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 5 p.m.
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Dr. Dana Winters

Dana Winters, Ph.D. is the Rita McGinley Executive Director of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College. Her extensive field research—from interviewing prisoners to shadowing crossing guards, from observing Head Start teachers to developing coaches in early childhood systems—has informed the co-development of the Simple Interactions approach to support children, families, and their helpers. 

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Usery Forum on Leadership

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
5 - 6:30 p.m. 

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Mr. Rogers and Trolley

Workshop for Faculty

Appreciating and Promoting Everyday Human Interactions

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Mr. Rogers Feeding Fish

Usery Forum on Leadership 

Tues., October 19, 2021
5 - 6:30 p.m. 

The Usery Forum on Leadership is part of the Inspire! Forum series and is supported by a generous gift from the Kim Usery Foundation. The goal of the series, named for former U.S. Secretary of Labor Bill Usery, is to focus on leadership that: 

  • Brings people together, bridging divides and spanning boundaries,

  • Finds value in diverse new perspectives, and

  • Showcases innovations in leadership and service, particularly related to creating mutual benefit in civic life.

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Appreciating and Promoting Everyday Human Interactions

Wed., October 20, 2021
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Serving children and families requires us to understand and address a complex system of challenges and opportunities. It is sometimes difficult to imagine how a single, small, and ordinary moment fits within these complex challenges and rising demands for outcomes, yet such moments are the most essential building blocks of a healthy community. Finding meaningful ways to talk about such moments can be encouraging, enriching, and empowering at every level of a system in service of children, youth, and families. Each simple interaction lays the groundwork for lasting developmental relationships. At the foundation of all healthy human development is the power of human connection—and we will explore the power we have to build connections and contribute to the positive development of those around us.

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Faculty-Development Workshop: More Information
About Dr. Dana Winters

Dana Winters, Ph.D. is the Rita McGinley Executive Director of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College. Her extensive field research—from interviewing prisoners to shadowing crossing guards, from observing Head Start teachers to developing coaches in early childhood systems—has informed the co-development of the Simple Interactions approach to support children, families, and their helpers. Dr. Winters describes and affirms the essential and relational practices of professionals across early education and intervention, out-of-school-time learning, healthcare, family engagement, and more. She is an experienced applied researcher who has served as co-principal investigator and program evaluator for consecutive NSF-funded early childhood research and intervention projects in the areas of early literacy, social emotional development, and early mathematical learning. She leads numerous foundation and government project grants to improve early childhood systems and family engagement practices. Dr. Winters serves as a UNESCO Faculty Fellow in Children and Youth Studies, collaborating with faculty around the world in the advancement of empathy development and adult-child relationships across developmental settings. She received her Ph.D. in administrative and policy studies from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

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