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Mary Ducette, Coordinator, Ready to Learn


Phone (812) 855-8531

RTL Coordinator

Mary Ducette

Mary Ducette is the Ready to Learn Coordinator and Kid's Club Coordinator for WTIU. She has been a Kindergarten teacher, and has worked with children at all levels of preschool and elementary school. Mary has her Bachelor's degree from Indiana University in Early Childhood Education, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Curriculum Studies with a focus in Media Literacy.

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What is Ready to Learn?

WTIU believes in providing children with healthy educational television. The Ready to Learn program encourages parents and caregivers to use the power of public television to stimulate and engage kids in creative, developmentally appropriate activities when the television is turned off.

Parenting Counts

Parenting CountsThe Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations consortium (IPBS) in conjunction with the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) announces a project designed to educate thousands of parents on early infant brain development and good parenting practices, Parenting Counts.

As a result of this partnership, all Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations will broadcast six Parenting Counts interstitials in 2004 and 2005. At least 20 parents and caregivers in all 92 counties will be trained by our Ready To Learn coordinators in Parenting Counts.

In addition to the training, the state Bureau of Child Development will deliver 4,500 copies of the interstitials and parent materials to every licensed child care center in the state, as well as use other communication vehicles to extend the program.

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WTIU Ready to Learn includes:

  • A daily line-up of children's programming specifically designed to meet the needs of preschool and school-age children.
  • Educational messages between programs that urge children to be creative, curious, cooperative, and responsible learners.
  • Supplementary educational materials for children and adults.
  • WTIU-sponsored training sessions and workshops for families, teachers, and caregivers.
  • Partnerships and collaborations among public television, education, community service, and business organizations to ensure that every child will enter school Ready to Learn.

The Learning Triangle

Television, as part of an interacting threesome of media, can help children develop the skills they need. Read more.


Read books that reinforce themes explored on television shows. Reading is a wonderful way to bond with children, increase their literacy skills, and give them the gift of stories.


Watch television with your children. Choose programs carefully and develop healthy TV habits. Be active as you watch by singing, dancing, and moving along with shows. Ask questions such as "What do you think will happen next?" and "What do you think they should do?"


Engage your child in games and activities that explore the themes of educational programs. For example, if the show is about the environment, can you help your child plant a garden? Go on a "tree hunt" in your neighborhood, or help your child water plants at home.


The objective of our workshops is to teach parents, teachers, and child-caregivers how to use television more wisely. Public Television's Ready to Learn program advocates choosing healthy television, limiting viewing hours, co-viewing and interactive viewing habits, and relating educational concepts to books and activities.

To schedule a workshop, contact Mary Ducette, Educational Outreach Coordinator, at (812) 855-8531, or .

Workshop presenter is Mary Ducette.

There are two options available:

1. TV As You've Never Used It Before

In this workshop we will discuss the following:

  • How much TV is too much?
  • What do children learn from TV?
  • Is there such a thing as "good TV"?
  • How can I use TV as a teaching tool?
  • What are children's TV producers thinking?

We'll examine a learning triangle, slip inside the head of a 3-year-old watching TV, and get our hands into some crafts. Everyone who attends the workshop will be entered to win a door prize and leave with a free book.

2. Reading Between the Lions

In this workshop we will explore the following:

  • What is the "whole-part-whole" approach to reading?
  • How does Between the Lions encourage your child to read?
  • What is the relationship between reading and writing?
  • How can you reinforce skills required for successful reading?

We will use the RTL Learning Triangle, watch a segment of Between the Lions, share a suggested book, and participate in an activity to reinforce ideas presented in the program. Children will be able to take home a copy of the book. Everyone who attends will be entered to win a door prize, too!