While I do enjoy whatever glitz I might receive from working in the "entertainment" biz, I really am a research geek at heart. There's nothing like having your hard work tested, then not only approved but given a confirmation that it is statistically effective by the top researchers in the country, and the icing...children will benefit from this work!
Just this morning, Barbara E. Lovitts, Ph.D. (Dir. of Research & Evaluation of the Corp. for Public Broadcasting) shared the analysis of our Super Why Summer Reading Camps with us. The thorough study entitled Reading & Learning: Building Literacy With Public Media by James Marshall & Diane Lapp (San Diego State Univ) details public broadcasting's support of emergent literacy for 30 years and how Super Why!, through the support of PBS & the CPB, meets the needs of children.
While they probably won't make today's cover story, here are a few of our favorite snippets from the study:"Super WHY! & its media-rich content has demonstrated consistent and replicable results over time." "Reading is power & Super WHY! is the only preschool program created to help children learn the fundamentals of reading through interactive storybook adventures." "Children showed significant gains no matter what their age or ethnicity…They achieved greater post test scores, relative to pretest scores, for each literacy focus area & the full assessment." "Children were able to transfer the episode-specific content to new & novel uses of the same skill set."