WCNY chosen to take part in national literacy seminar in Washington, D.C.

PBS has invited WCNY’s director of education and community engagement and WCNY’s director of fundraising to take part in the “Ready to Learn Seminar: Leveraging Literacy and Math Resources for Community Impact” in Washington, D.C., Sept. 13 and 14.

The Ready to Learn initiative develops engaging PBS KIDS “Raising Readers” television programs, educational games, playful Web sites and easy-to-use learning resources for children, parents, caregivers and teachers. The primary goal is to help children between the ages of 2 to 8 start reading.

“We are honored to be chosen attend the seminar,” said Debbie Stack, director of education and community engagement. “The seminar is beneficial for us as well as our partners, including those on the Near Westside as we create collaborative programs for children, parents and caregivers that are focused on crucial reading and math skills to achieve success in school and in life.”

Current priorities of the Ready to Learn initiative include:
•  Testing new ways for kids and parents to view programs on the Internet, with handheld devices, mobile phones and other emerging technologies
•  Exploring new ways to ensure that children from all socio-economic levels have the resources they need to learn how to read
•  Evaluating the outcomes of children’s exposure to television programming and other content in order to learn what works

All Ready to Learn initiatives incorporate the latest research about the most effective ways for children to build reading skills, with a special emphasis on the needs of children from low-income families. The initiative is a cooperative agreement of the U.S. Department of Education, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), PBS and the Ready To Learn Partnership (RTLP).

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