Ready To Learn 2015-2020 - Content, Community, and Collaboration: Advancing Children’s Learning Through Personalized Media Experiences

The Ready To Learn (RTL) initiative is jointly developed and implemented by CPB and PBS through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education. This FY 2015-2020 project totals $68.8 million. PBS leads the production and distribution of all Ready To Learn television and digital content, developed for the RTL grant, in coordination with producers and partners. In Year 1, content development focuses on three series: Ruff Ruffman, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, and Ready Jet Go! PBS is also: (1) overseeing pilot development for a new literacy series and one new science series; (2) developing a prototype of an app that uses cutting-edge analytics and assessments to create personalized learning experiences; (3) developing Parent-Child Activity videos to support effective parent engagement, accessible to families over multiple distribution channels; (4) creating new family engagement resources, including PBS KIDS Family Creative Learning Workshops and a science edition of the PBS Play & Learn App, offered in both English and Spanish; and (5) developing content for community and family engagement that foster stronger connections between home and school. PBS aggregates RTL Content developed for the RTL grant for public access and dissemination, including a new website on PBS Learning Media and existing platforms. Working with CPB and project partners the Boston University’s School of Education and the National Association for the Education of Young Children, PBS also ensures the effective implementation of these high-quality learning tools in schools, expanded learning settings, and homes.

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