The Chris Rogers Award

Chris RogersDuring the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, Dr. Vincent Rogers wrote extensively about open, child-centered schools. His wife, Chris Rogers’ classroom epitomized that movement. The brief description of Chris’s classroom in a Phi Delta Kappan article written about her in 1979 gives the flavor of what life was like for the children in her class.

Charity James, a British colleague of Vin Rogers once wrote — so wisely — “It matters how lives are spent.” Children are 5, 6, or 7 only once, and the quality of their time in school does matter.

The children in Chris Rogers’ care lived rich, full, challenging and rewarding classroom lives; the purpose of the Chris Rogers Award is to help good teachers enrich the classroom lives of their children.