Station Break December 2016

Home for the Holidays

Finally, the holidays are here, and you are going to enjoy yourself while you are away from the classroom. Right?

"What do teachers do during the holidays? Revel in the realization that there are no papers left to grade. But also - we prepare for the new semester by analyzing student data and planning lessons for upcoming units." - Liz, educator

In between the decorating, shopping and baking, sit down with AETN to enjoy local and PBS programming. Check us out online for streaming and educational resources like ArkansasIDEAS and AETN PBS LearningMedia.

News from AETN PBS LearningMedia

Virtual Field Trip: Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Streaming live Dec. 7 at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. CST

On Dec. 7, WYES-TV/New Orleans will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor by hosting a virtual field trip for students to the National World War II Museum. During this special event, students will explore museum artifacts related to the attack and hear as witnesses recall the raid they experienced as children. This event is recommended for students in grades 5-8 and is open to classrooms across the U.S. To learn more and share registration information with local teachers, click on the image above.

Station Webinar: 2017 PBS Digital Innovators Program

Friday, Dec. 9 | noon-1 p.m. CST | Register here

The 2017 PBS Digital Innovators Program will soft-launch on or about Dec. 8 with a new website and online application process. To help you prepare for the program kick-off and maximize the engagement opportunities in your own community, we will be hosting a station webinar Dec. 9. Please join us for a look at the new structure, timeline, and marketing plans supporting this program as well as ideas for local promotion.

Learn the origins of holidays

"Have you ever stopped to wonder why we wear Halloween costumes, celebrate Thanksgiving in November, or choose valentines in February? These familiar traditions have fascinating and sometimes surprising origins. Get to know the history and significance behind these U.S. holidays (and more!) with this new collection of resources". Learn more

News from ArkansasIDEAS

"ASBA Inspired Training and Leadership" is now available for the School Board Members audience on the LMS.

Paul Vitale uses a lively mix of engaging speech, audience participation, and illustrative anecdotes to demonstrate how school board members can improve to be community leaders who plan and dynamically follow through without giving up.

"Increasing Student Effort and Engaging Students" is now available for the certified teachers audience on the LMS.

Denise Riley, an educational consultant with more than 39 years of experience in alternative education, addresses many aspects of student effort and shares strategies for increasing motivation.

"The Status of Computer Science in Arkansas" is now available on the LMS for the certified teachers audience.

Anthony Owen, coordinator of computer science for the Arkansas Department of Education, presents an overview of developing K-12 computer science education standards and courses.

Upcoming Education Events

Coding Summit

Attention Arkansas girls in 6th-12th grades: A half-day Coding Summit will be open to girls interested in coding. The event is open to novices and experienced coders. Featuring: Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Hour of Coding Instruction, Acxiom Corporation and special announcement by AT&T.

WHAT: Coding Summit
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 9, 9:30 a.m. to noon.
WHERE: Acxiom Corporation
601 E. 3rd St., Little Rock, AR 72201

This summit is FREE! Seating is limited, and reservations are required. (The max capacity is 150 total girls and chaperones. Please consider one chaperone for multiple girls).

Access the summit flyer here.

  • ASBA Conference
    Dec. 8-9
  • TICAL Conference
    Feb. 21-23, Little Rock
  • AGATE Conference
    March 6-7, Little Rock
  • ADE Dyslexia Conference
    March 6-7, Hot Springs

AETN Programs

hummingbird sucking nectar

Nature: Super Hummingbirds
Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.

beaver in the grass

Nature: Leave it to Beavers
Dec. 7 at 8:30 p.m.

Central Park Five
Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.
The story of five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park in 1989. The film chronicles The Central Park Jogger case, for the first time from the perspective of these five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice.

Great Performances: The Hollow Crown - The Wars of the Roses
Sundays at 8 p.m. beginning Dec. 11
In his quest for the crown, Richard plans the murder of his brother George. After the death of Edward IV, Richard's path to the throne is clear, except for the princes in the tower. With Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench and Phoebe Fox.

White House Inside Story
Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.
Gain access to America's most iconic residence - a symbol of national history and icon of democracy. From the Oval Office to the family dining room, through crises and world wars, the 200-year story of the White House is the story of America itself.

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Shakespeare Live
Dec. 23 at 8 p.m.

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Everyday Miracles
Dec. 26 at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Learn how common household materials were first invented.

Resources from Arkansas PBS for Home or the Classroom

AETN is Arkansas's largest classroom, and we are dedicated to impacting student achievement across the state. Continue learning by connecting to our dedicated resources for educators, parents and students.

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Other Online Resources

Books to Read While on Break

"With winter break just around the corner, I wanted to share my latest favorite reads with educators and parents. This list is not education-focused; instead, it includes engaging reads that you might enjoy during some down-time. I’ve also included a few suggestions for your students and children". Learn more

In the Community

Spring 2017 Poetry Contests for Students
The Poets Roundtable of Arkansas (PRA) announces upcoming poetry contests for students. Each year, PRA promotes a variety of poetry contests that offer cash prizes for middle and high school students. Click here for more information.

Happy Holidays from ArkansasIDEAS!

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