WFSU Public Media has been a proud Ready To Learn (RTL) station since the program’s inception two decades ago. Joining just a small group of other PBS stations around the United State, we pilot PBS RTL resources to establish best practices with content that can be used in all sorts of learning environments.

Through the Ready To Learn Initiative, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), PBS, and local PBS stations provide free, evidence-based educational resources that help teachers, caregivers, and parents build early science and literacy skills for America’s children, especially those from low-income communities. This U.S. Department of Education-funded initiative introduces children to key STEM concepts early, which better prepares them for school and boosts their long-term education opportunities.

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The Ready To Learn Initiative 2021-2022 Project Update

To address this need, PBS and CPB have partnered to develop media-rich, multi-platform media in the form of videos, games and apps, and hands-on activities by program, targeting students ages 2-8. The wide range of curricula created, tested, and shared with communities across the country to accompany this media includes the following:

Family & Community Learning

Family & Community Learning is a model for multi-generational hands-on family engagement designed to support science and literacy development among children and families. Designed for use in community based settings, these resources include multi-session sequenced experiences that are built to be modular and flexible enough to be adaptable to the wide variety of communities and contexts that they might be used in. All of the resources come packed with full activity plans, supporting materials for facilitators, links to related video and digital media, and additional take-home materials to support ongoing family engagement.  

Family & Community Learning

  • 35 families across 4 workshop series 
  • 1 at Apalachee Elementary
  • 1 at Lynn Haven Elementary
  • 1 at Sealey Elementary
  • 1 at Chaires Elementary

  • 16 families across 2 workshop series 
  • 1 at Bond Elementary
  • 1 at Apalachee Elementary

  • 25 families across 2 workshop series 
  • 2 at Pineview Elementary

  • 17 families across 2 workshop series 
  • 2 with families from across Leon County

  • 16 families across 3 workshops
  • 1 at Fred George Museum
  • 1 at Oak Ridge Elementary
  • 1 virtual with Leon County Schools

Camps & Afterschool Activities

WFSU has shared hundreds of multimedia resources that support science and literacy development in after-school programs and other out-of-school settings such as libraries, museums, camps, etc. These resources include multi-day sequenced experiences that are built to be modular and flexible enough to be adaptable for that wide variety of contexts that they might be used for. All of the resources come packaged with full activity plans, supporting materials for facilitators, related video clips and digital games, and take-home supports to encourage family engagement. For example, WFSU has adapted Odd Squad Camp as a virtual program and it can be offered both synchronously and asynchronously thanks to generous funding from Envision Credit Union. 

Camps & After School Programs

  • 94 students across 5 camps
  • 1 at Florida State University Schools
  • 1 with Leon County Schools
  • 1 with Gadsden County Schools
  • 2 at Chattahoochee Elementary

  • 181 kids across 10 camps 
  • 2 at Oak Ridge Elementary
  • 2 at Apalachee Tapestry Magnet School of the Arts
  • 2 with Leon County Schools
  • 1 at Astoria Park Elementary
  • 1 at Ruediger Elementary
  • 1 at John G. Riley Elementary
  • 1 at Pineview Elementary

  • 118 kids across 2 camps
  • 1 with Leon County Schools
  • 1 with Challenger Learning Center

Additional RTL Resources

Boston University Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips developed by the Boston University School of Education provide teachers with detailed lesson plans for successfully integrating PBS KIDS digital media into their regular classroom instruction to build children’s core science content knowledge and inquiry skills. The Teaching Tips include detailed step-by-step lessons for using high-quality educational media to enhance standards-based teaching and learning. All lessons are aligned to the Next Generation Sciences Standards (NGSS). Video clips of exemplar teachers using the Teaching Tips in the classroom are included to provide models not only for using the Tips in the classroom, but also of good teaching practices — keeping lessons on pace, engaging all children, using vocabulary frequently, supporting scientific thinking and reasoning, and supporting independent learning. 

What’s Good

What’s Good is a six-part video series designed for parents where inspiration and information meet the power of science. Each episode ventures to a new location to meet people from various backgrounds – dancers, poets, musicians, artists, athletes, chefs, conservationists and scientists – and connects their knowledge and talents to a simple, real-world lesson in the area of science. 

CPB-PBS RTL 2015-2020 is funded by a 5-year Ready To Learn grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The Department requires all of its grant recipients to conduct research in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the materials and products that are created with the grant money. For more information, please visit the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Ready To Learn overview as well as PBS LearningMedia’s Ready To Learn collection.