StationBreak August 2014

Back to School!

We hope you had a fun, fantastic and restful summer. This month's StationBreak highlights First Year of Teaching: Surviving and Thriving. And, to help you prepare for back-to-school time, we have included information about AETN programs, PD ideas from ArkansasIDEAS, and helpful content from AETN PBS LearningMedia. We are excited about a great new year of learning!

News from ArkansasIDEAS

The new professional development requirements for the 2014-15 school year are explained in this helpful video:
ADE Professional Development Coordinator Kevin Beaumont releases an informative video to help clarify the Rule Governing Professional Development, effective July 1, 2014. You can check out the video online.

ArkansasIDEAS website gets a new look:
Check out the new look of ArkansasIDEAS at Familiarize yourself by clicking on all of the newly redesigned features.

TESS/Teachscape: Continues on website until May 31, 2015:
Teachscape's FOCUS for TEACHERS through ArkansasIDEAS deadline has been extended through May 31, 2015. The Commissioner's Memo LIC-14-044 can be found online.

Face-to-Face Professional Development training opportunities
These special, face-to-face, in-studio trainings will be held at the AETN studios, 350 South Donaghey Avenue, Conway, AR 72034. For more information, call 1-800-488-6689, or email us at

Sept. 9 - Disciplinary Literacy Science 5-12
Participants learn to design science instruction that supports close reading behaviors as well as strategies used by writers to craft convincing arguments in the science and technical fields.

Sept. 17 - Delta Garden Study
Supporting Academic Achievement and Child Health through School Gardens and Farm to School Programs. Covering child health trends related to overweight and obesity, how to start a garden program at your school, how to use the garden for instructional purposes, and how to make it a sustainable program year after year.

Sept. 30 - Understanding School-Based Mental Health and How to Implement High Quality Programming.
This is a half-day training developed with school administrators in mind. Dr. Elizabeth Kindall will cover the foundation of a strong, school-based mental health program.

Oct. 16 - Paper clips, Rolos and Play Doh. Oh My!
What do paper clips, Rolos and Play Doh have in common? They're great things to use to teach ECONOMICS! High school economics teachers, whether you're new to the game or just need a refresher, this training is for YOU! Experience hands-on, activity-based lessons from the latest edition of the Tools for Teaching the Arkansas Economics and Personal Finance Course.

Looking to enhance your professional development?
The iPad Lab continues to be available for check out. For more information see

Child Maltreatment Mandated Reporter Training-Revised Online PD
This revised course meets the requirements of the Child Maltreatment Mandated Reporter Training for Arkansas Educators. This course features Sherry Williamson from the Arkansas Commission on Child Abuse, Rape and Domestic Violence (ACCARDV).

Williamson explains the requirements of the Child Maltreatment Act of 2011 and elaborates on changes made during the 2013 General Session. This course was recorded on January 22, 2013, in the AETN studios.Visit ArkansasIDEAS to find out more.

PBS KIDS launches on Apple TV, Chromecast and Android:

Families can now stream full episodes and clips of PBS KIDS' curriculum-based shows.
Families across Arkansas can stream their favorite children's programs from the AETN for free on Apple TV, Chromecast and the PBS KIDS Video App on Android.

The programming available includes thousands of videos, with new content updated weekly, such as episodes and clips from favorite series "Curious George," "Dinosaur Train," "Peg + Cat," "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood," "Arthur," "Wild Kratts" and "Sesame Street."

Users of Apple TV can personalize their PBS KIDS experience by creating a profile and identifying their local PBS station as AETN. The PBS KIDS Video App is available in the Google Play store and Amazon App Store, and has been popular since 2011 in the App Store for iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. It is the first children's content provider for Chromecast. For more information, visit, or follow the AETN blog at

AETN Programs

AETN's "108°: Critical Response" will be re-broadcast on August 31:
AETN will rebroadcast "108°: Critical Response," a film addressing the dangers of heat illness in high school sports, on Sunday, August 31, at 2 p.m. For more information about the film and to view an online toolkit that includes heat illness tips and more, visit

AETN premieres new series 'Agri Arkansas'
AETN premiered a new monthly series dedicated to Arkansas's agricultural heritage in July. "Agri Arkansas" is a celebration of agriculture in Arkansas, featuring experts, innovators and challenges all present in the state's largest industry. The series will air the last Sunday of each month at 1 p.m. Check your AETN Magazine or local TV listings, or visit for more information.

AETN Program Listings:

Sundays in August
6 p.m. - "Globe Trekker"

Wednesday, August 6
6:30 p.m. - "Historic Bridges of Arkansas"
7 p.m. - "My Wild Affair: The Seal Who Came Home"

Mondays in August
6:30 p.m. - "Exploring Arkansas with Chuck Dovish"

Tuesdays in August
6:30 p.m. - "Cooking on the Wild Side"

Wednesdays in August
7 p.m. - "Nature"
8 p.m. - "NOVA"

Wednesday, August 20
6:30 p.m. - "Art of Crystal Bridges: From Vision to Reality"

News from AETN PBS LearningMedia

First Year of Teaching: Surviving and Thriving:

August 4-8 - Lesson-Plan-A-Palooza:
This theme showcases our wide selection of Pre-K-12 lesson plans and encourages educators to use AETN PBS LearningMedia for lesson planning content and inspiration.

August 11-15 - Explore the Core:
This week's resources will focus on the Common Core State Standards and offer guidance around how to integrate them into the classroom.

August 18-22 - Full STEAM Ahead:
The STEAM initiative encourages educators to weave the arts into STEM education. Educators can use this week's featured resources to build/support their own STEAM-powered lessons.

August 25-29 - Get Your Tech On 2:
This week marks the start of "Get Your Tech On 2" - a campaign designed to support educators as they integrate digital media/technology into their classrooms. Featured resources address learning in the digital age.

These and more can be found at

For educational resources at home and in the classroom, visit . . .

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