Trainings & Workshops | Ready To Learn Workshops | Model Sites | Events | Creating Awareness
Ready To Learn coordinators have very specific requirements they must meet to ensure appropriate content and teaching and learning methods. If you keep these requirements in mind as you develop your educational outreach materials, your project will have a better chance of being adopted by Ready To Learn coordinators to support their local efforts. The PBS Ready To Learn staff can help you understand the Ready To Learn workshop model. You may also want to visit the Ready To Learn Professional Development Seminar to see how other children's producers present their projects (often in a train-the-trainer format that mirrors how Ready To Learn coordinators will use the series in a local workshop setting).
A Ready To Learn workshop is a substantive training intended to help adults extend the educational value of PBS children's programming by using the Ready To Learn Learning Triangle (View-Read-Do). Your project can play a key role in Ready To Learn workshops if it includes materials that model how adults can implement the View-Read-Do method using your content. Resources you may want to create include the following:
- Background information about the curriculum of your program, your related research into child development and early education, and the goals of your series and educational materials
- Reproducible handouts with specific View-Read-Do activities, linking different episodes with hands-on activities and related books. You do not need to provide View-Read-Do activities for every episode (although this is preferable, and many producers do); if you do not, these handouts will model how parents and educators can extend learning after watching your program. You should also consider providing these materials in multiple languages, particularly if an important target audience is parents.