Ready To Learn Mentor Stations

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January 31, 2020

Request for Applications

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), as part of its 2015-20 Ready To Learn initiative (“RTL”) funded by the Ready to Learn Television Program of the U.S. Department of Education, intends to contract with up to six public television stations to act as mentors to 25 stations that will be funded by CPB as RTL Station Training & Implementation funds starting in spring 2020. The mentors must have experience creating advanced digital and educational community engagement resources, through the RTL initiative, and must provide assistance to the stations as they implement these resources in low-income communities with children ages two to eight, and their families and caregivers (“the target audience”).

The mentors will work with CPB and PBS to design and facilitate a hands-on training session for the 25 stations. The training will feature key engagement resources, including but not limited to, PBS KIDS Family & Community Learning, Playful Learning for Educators, and out-of-school time camps. After the training, the mentors will assist CPB and PBS in reviewing the stations’ implementation plans and provide them technical support as needed, via email, phone, message boards, or in-person consultation. The mentors’ role is to support CPB and PBS in their goal of improving the stations’ capacities to strengthen early science and literacy learning among the target audience.

The mentors will be funded by the “CPB-PBS RTL Content, Community, and Collaboration: Advancing Children's Learning through Personalized Media Experiences,” which is funded by a grant award from the Ready to Learn Television Program of the U.S. Department of Education (No. U295A100025, CFDA No. 84.295A). The total amount available for up to six mentors is $72,000 and contingent on CPB’s continued receipt of its annual federal appropriations for RTL.

To be eligible, applicants must be contracted by CPB as Community Collaborative for Early Learning & Media (“CC-ELM”) and have extensive experience in the development of any of the following RTL resources:
• PBS KIDS Family & Community Learning;
• Out-of-school-time camps (e.g. Odd Squad Be The Agent Camps, Ruff Ruffman Science Camps, Ready Jet Go Space Camp);
• Playful Learning for Educators; or,
• PBS TeacherLine Courses.

Please download the Request for Applications below for detailed information, including application requirements.
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Questions from Potential Respondents, with CPB Answers:

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What is the budget period?

Budgets should cover the period of March 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020.

How are indirect/overhead costs defined for this RFP?

Indirect costs may be applied if permitted in their CC-ELM agreements and limited to the rate stated therein.

How much of the registration fee and travel costs for the PBS Annual Meeting in Seattle can be included in this request?

The PBS Annual Meeting registration fee, hotel, airfare, and other allowable costs (e.g. ground transportation) may be included in applicants’ budgets. Mentor stations should expect to be in Seattle by the day before the training (Wednesday, May 13) and through mid-day on the day of the training (Thursday, May 14), but may arrive earlier to participate in the larger PBS Annual Meeting as a professional development opportunity.

Would travel to the assigned mentees be an appropriate expense? If so, do you have any guidance on how many trips and which markets we should use to project such costs?

Considering the project timeline and that mentoring stations will work with 4 or 5 training stations, the project was not designed to incorporate site visits. However, if the need arises and the budget and time permits, limited visits may be considered, provided the mentor completes the activities set forth in its grant.

Can you provide some guidance around the anticipated time commitment from mentors?

The actual time commitments will vary, although CPB anticipates an average of 1-4 hours per week, with the largest commitment occurring in the weeks leading up to and including the in-person training and again during the review of training stations proposed implementation plans in June and July.