Curriculum Toolkit is an online resource that helps higher education faculty in fields related to children’s studies, media, development, and psychology prepare and teach classes. The website provides tools like syllabi and in-class assignments, pedagogical information, video clips for illustrating points, and a search-by-theme feature.
Instructors can peruse resources like the syllabi for a class on American Children’s Pop Culture or an assignment for a Children’s Literature research paper, complete with prompts, guidelines, essay writing advice, and links to web pages with grammar help.
The Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College began work on Curriculum Toolkit in September 2009 and launched the project in August 2011. The website creates an online community for college faculty of various disciplines. Teachers can contribute their own materials and comment on how well the resources worked in their lessons.
Curriculum Toolkit is also notable for its analysis of the effects Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood has on children. The site features an extensive collection of transcripts and videos from the Fred Rogers Oral History project, which interviewed Mr. Rogers’ co-workers to explore key elements of the show and its impact on children.