Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Nell Duke advises on Ready to Learn grant to PBS, CPB

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Nell Duke is one of the literacy experts who will advise the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) on a multimillion-dollar Ready to Learn grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement.

The five-year grant will fund an innovative science and literacy media initiative by PBS and CPB to support the learning needs of children in low-income communities. PBS and CPB will work with Duke and other experts in early learning to create new literacy-based programming, mobile applications and online games. The grant will also provide resources to PBS stations in 11 high-need communities to establish community-based networks of local and national partnerships devoted to early learning, focused on disadvantaged children and their families.

“PBS and the CPB have a long history of developing quality, non-commercial programming for young children,” Duke said. “I am honored to have the opportunity to help them create the next generation of shows that are both enjoyable and educational.”

A multiyear plan will be developed by the Education Development Center and a consortium of researchers, who will evaluate the effectiveness of resources developed under the project.

Pat Harrison, president and CEO for CPB, said, “Through this investment by the Department of Education, we can help children in high-poverty neighborhoods have access to research-based educational content, and setting them on a path to become American graduates.” Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS, added, “The grant will help PBS further our commitment to using the power of media to help all children succeed in school and in life, with community-based support through local stations for kids who are most at-risk.”

The Ready to Learn initiative supports the development of innovative educational television and digital media targeted to preschool and early elementary school children and their families. Its general goal is to promote early learning and school readiness, with a particular interest in reaching low-income children.

Nell K. Duke is Professor

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