The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) seeks a highly respected, independent children's media scholar to write a policy brief that objectively analyzes and summarizes the overall results, findings, and collective lessons learned from the three U.S. Department of Education 2010 - 2015 Ready To Learn awards. CPB and its partner, PBS, have been asked by the U.S. Department of Education's Ready-to-Learn Television Program to commission a policy brief on the collective outcomes and impacts of the RTL awards. More specifically, the policy brief will emphasize the major research and evaluation findings from the RTL projects and discuss the projects' transmedia content development and distribution and community engagement activities, as appropriate. The Contractor will address three primary questions:
- What has been learned from the RTL projects' research about the educational value of transmedia for children ages 2-8, especially those from low-income families?
- What has the U.S. Department of Education's RTL Program uniquely contributed to the field of children's education and media during the past five years?