GS03 Lessons from an Accidental Educator
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Thursday, April 13
Many people find their way into an education and training role completely by accident. That was certainly the case for Steve Burns, whose acting career suddenly transformed into a force for children’s education through the long-running preschool television program Blue’s Clues.
Join us as Steve takes us on a transformational journey, not only from a relatively unknown actor to one of the most recognizable faces in educational programming, but also from an actor to an educator. Throughout this emotional story that is sure to trigger nostalgic delight, you’ll also learn many of the secrets that enabled Steve and the Blues Clues team to directly engage and maintain the attention of viewers through video, and some of the secrets he uses as an actor that can help you better connect with your learners.
Emmy-Nominated Actor & Host
Steve Burns is an Emmy-nominated actor best known as “Steve” from Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues and the Paramount+ feature film Blue’s Big City Adventure. As a musician, he released the critically-acclaimed album Songs For Dustmites and, as SteveNSteven with Flaming Lips multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd, recorded the album Foreverywhere, which was adapted into an Audible Original audiobook in 2019 and was named one of the best audiobooks of the year by Audible’s editors. He also wrote and performed the theme song for the hit ABC sitcom Young Sheldon, on which he is a recurring guest star. Currently, he lives in Upstate New York, where he continues his decades-long career as a voiceover artist when he’s not writing and directing for the show Blue’s Clues and You.