Ready to Learn Program Needs Reviewers


Ready to Learn (RTL) is the federal program that has supported many of the educational television shows for young children that you may have seen on PBS (Word World, Super Why!, Peg+Cat, The New Electric Company, etc.). RTL also supports the creation of other educational media such as learning websites, games, and iPad apps. Our goal is to promote school readiness among young children, especially those from low income families, by using the power of mass media to reach into their homes and communities.

Ready to Learn aims to:

  • Create quality educational media via partnerships between professional media producers and early childhood educators
  • Focus on the particular learning needs of low-income children to help promote school readiness or to provide additional enrichment outside the classroom
  • Conduct research on educational effectiveness
  • Conduct community-based outreach programs in settings such as Head Start, libraries, after school programs, and many others.
  • Distribute television programs and digital media products via national broadcasters and other mass media outlets.
  • Create public-private partnerships that will leverage public investments with additional private contributions.

The Ready to Learn program seeks reviewers who can help us in Summer 2014 with an independent panel review of media products and in Fall/Winter 2014-15 with a possible new round of the Ready to Learn grant competition.

Reviewers may include media producers, researchers, PreK or early elementary teachers, researchers, academics, or others. However, all individuals must have knowledge/expertise in some combination of all three of the following areas:

  • Educational media production (including television, games, websites, apps, etc) or the use of educational technology
  • Early Childhood Learning (ages 2-5 or 5-8)
  • Math/Numeracy or Literacy/Reading

Those interested should send their resume (please no more than 5 pages) with up-to-date contact information to

Grant Reviewer Opportunity 2014 Early Head Start – Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnership Grants

Deadline: Friday, April 11, 2014

Find Out More on the ECLKC!

Apply to be an expert reviewer for the 2014 Early Head Start – Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnership grants! The EHS-CC Partnership is a new competitive federal grant opportunity to expand access to high-quality, comprehensive services to low-income infants and toddlers and their families.

Qualifications and Requirements

The application review process relies on qualified, non-federal reviewers who can critically evaluate applications. Applicants must have expertise in early childhood education, child development, family support services, or related fields. Familiarity with Early Head Start, center-based child care, or family child care is required.

Reviewers must commit to a minimum of four weeks (four one-week panels) in July and August 2014. They will be paid $350 per day while serving on a panel.

How to Apply

Apply online at by Friday, April 11, 2014. Enter “EHS-CC-2014” for the reference code.


For more information, visit the Office of Head Start’s Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) at

via Office of Head Start Resource.

Seeking Reviewer’s for the 2013 Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant competition

Dear Potential Reviewer,

On April 16, 2013, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (the Departments) announced a new Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant competition. The Departments are seeking qualified individuals with expertise in early learning and development to serve as peer reviewers. You are receiving this email because you have previously served as a peer reviewer or member of a technical or advisory workgroup member for one of our federally-funded early learning and development programs.  We appreciate your past commitment to early learning and development and hope that you will consider this opportunity to play a critical role in the RTT-ELC program. We are looking for individuals with extensive experience and expertise in early learning and development.

As with other Federal grant competitions, reviewers will receive an honorarium for their time and effort, contingent upon satisfactory completion of the review requirements and consistent with the required schedule. Travel costs to Washington, DC will also be covered.

If you are interested in being considered to serve as a peer reviewer for the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) program, please submit the following information at no later than 11:59 pm (EDT) on August 5, 2013:

(1) a cover letter that articulates how your knowledge and/or experiences align with each of the applicable qualifications on the checklist below;

(2) your curriculum vitae; and

(3) a 250 word biography; and

(4) the completed availability, conflict of interest, and experience questionnaire

To be considered for selection, potential peer reviewers must complete all pertinent portions of the online questionnaire to ensure that the relevant information is appropriately included for consideration by the ED-HHS Race to the Top — Early Learning Challenge team.

Please note: At the end of the review process, the names of peer reviewers will be posted on the Department of Education’s website in the aggregate. We will not post the names of the states that were reviewed by each peer reviewer.

We hope you will be interested in participating in this important work that will build strong State early learning and development systems, improve the quality of early learning and development programs, and decrease the kindergarten readiness gap for children with high needs. Additionally, if you know of other leaders in the field of early learning and development who may be interested in being considered to serve as a peer reviewer, please forward this email to them.

Program Information:

For more information about the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge competition, go to For all other questions, please contact

Thanks for your interest,
RTT-ELC team

Apply to Serve as an i3 Peer Reviewer

The Investing in Innovation (i3) competition is one of the U.S. Department of Education’s signature initiatives. The i3 program currently supports 72 grantees across the country, and the Department has just announced a new competition for i3 applicants (please see for more information on the newly announced i3 grant competition).

Selecting the winning i3 applicants is integral to the overall success of the program, and we are hopeful that you might be able to lend your time and expertise to this endeavor. All i3 grantees are selected through a rigorous peer review process.  The Department is currently seeking reviewers with expertise in one or more of the following Absolute Priorities, or in education evaluation, for the recently announced 2012 i3 competition:

1.       Supporting Effective Teachers and Principals

2.       Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education

3.       Improving Parent and Family Engagement (this is a new priority for the i3 competition this year)

4.       Implementing Standards and Assessments

5.       Turning Around Low-Performing Schools

6.       Improving Achievement in Rural LEA’s


Education Research and Evaluation

Please note that while it is essential that you have subject-matter expertise in at least one of the aforementioned Absolute Priorities, it is not necessary to have expertise in multiple areas listed above.

In addition, the Department is seeking reviewers with experience in:

  1. Innovation
  2. Growth and Scaling Programs/Organizations
  3. Strategic Planning
  4. Grant Making and/or Oversight

Selected reviewers will receive a stipend and will work remotely on a part-time basis. Reviewers must be available for at least one of the following time periods:

  • Approximately late April to late May (not full-time); and/or
  • Approximately mid-June to late July (not full-time); and/or
  • Approximately mid-August to mid-September (not full-time).

To apply to be an i3 peer reviewer, please follow the instructions in the Registering in G5 for i3 Peer Reviewers PowerPoint posted on You will be asked to register and submit your resume. When the system prompts you for your areas of specialization, please ensure you select at least one of the i3 Absolute Priorities: teacher/principal effectiveness, STEM education, standards/assessments, parent/family engagement, school turnarounds and/or rural achievement.

Please share this invitation with anyone who may be interested in being peer reviewer for i3. Having a diverse, experienced and knowledgeable pool of peer reviewers is critical to the i3 competition and the Department’s overall efforts to enhance the implementation of leading practices that produce meaningful results for our neediest students, and we strongly encourage all interested peer reviewers to apply. The deadline for applying to be a peer reviewer is Wednesday, March 28, 2012.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at .


i3 Team

Grant Reviewer Information – Head Start


The grant application review process relies on qualified, non-Federal reviewers who can critically evaluate applications for Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Grant reviewers will work in an online environment. They will serve on a four-person panel to review and evaluate applications consistent with established criteria. Each reviewer’s objective comments will be collected in an online review system and submitted to a panel chair for discussion via conference call. Because of compressed deadlines, reviewers must complete an intense review process—reading up to 3,000 pages per week—to stay on schedule.


Applicants must demonstrate expertise and experience in early childhood education and family support services or related fields. Applicants are also needed with expertise in fiscal and organizational operations. All applicants must demonstrate abilities in the following areas:

  • Strong communication skills: fluent English writing, listening, and speaking skills
  • Analytical/critical thinking skills: provide thoughtful and objective evaluations based on established criteria
  • Organizational and time management skills to adhere to deadlines
  • Self-motivated and self-reliant to work effectively in a virtual environment
  • Ability to collaborate in a virtual team environment, including across different time zones
  • Familiar with diverse populations who might reflect the Head Start community

For reviews requiring bilingual skills: abilities listed above, plus strong communication skills in Spanish

OHS is committed to recruiting reviewers who represent diversity of race or national origin. Individuals who have served on Head Start monitoring reviews or on panels for the Department of Health and Human Services or Department of Education grants are encouraged to apply. Familiarity with Head Start and/or previous experience as a grant reviewer are useful, but not required. Head Start or Early Head Start grantee staff and current T/TA providers are not eligible to apply. Two professional references must be provided.


Availability: Reviewers must commit to a minimum of four weeks four one-week panels between late Spring 2012 and Fall 2012. An additional commitment beyond the minimum four weeks is encouraged. Panels run during a six-day work week, beginning Saturdays and ending Thursdays. During the review process, it is critical that reviewers not have additional professional commitments. Reviewers must be available during core business hours 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST and be flexible given possible time zone differences among panel members. Reviewers are expected not to travel or participate in other grant reviews during scheduled review dates. To avoid burnout, any two consecutive weeks of paneling will be followed by one week off.

Training: Reviewers will be invited to a 2 ½ day orientation in Spring 2012 in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area to learn about the grant review process. Training will cover established evaluation criteria, panel review procedures, and offer “hands on” simulations. Tools:

  • Telephone line and computer with reliable Internet access via broadband or DSL
  • Familiar with Windows-based interface
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 9
  • Back-up plan to access the Internet in the event the primary Internet connection is lost during a review. A connection must be re-established within three hours.

Outcomes: Each reviewer must provide thoughtful, objective, and timely written reviews for each assigned application.

COMPENSATION: $350 per day while serving on a panel



Create a profile and complete the online application at: Include the reference code: OHS-001-2012. Select the appropriate Job Code for the Office of Head Start, located at the bottom of the Job Codes page.We encourage you to share this information with qualified colleagues who may also be interested in serving as grant reviewers.

For further information contact:Call Center 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST | Phone: 1.866.796.1613 | Email:

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

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