StationBreak September 2014

Celebrate Freedom!

We hope you've been enjoying back-to-school time. September begins by honoring the American workforce with Labor Day, remembering those lost on Patriot Day and celebrating our freedoms on Constitution Day! This month's highlight is Celebrate Freedom.

StationBreak informs you about AETN programming, professional development opportunities from ArkansasIDEAS, and great materials from AETN PBS LearningMedia.

News from ArkansasIDEAS

New professional development requirements for 2014-15 school year explained in 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 in What's New at ArkansasIDEAS.

Commemorate Patriot Day, Thursday, Sept. 11
What has become an annual observance on September 11th, Patriot Day was established to remember those who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks in the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. More information can be found at .

New Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner's memo recognizes Celebrate Freedom Week
The week of Sept. 14-20, 2014, is Celebrate Freedom Week. Find out more by reading the official Commissioner's memo # LS-15-009 of Aug. 21, 2014, and follow the various links provided therein. Note the attached resources at the bottom of the memo are available to all.

Celebrate Constitution Day, Wednesday, Sept. 17
Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is normally observed on Sept. 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787 in Philadelphia. Find out more at the National Constitution Center.

ArkansasIDEAS has many social studies courses available to Arkansas teachers
An array of professional development courses on social studies, Arkansas studies and more can be found in our online portal. Go to "My Courses" then click on "Library: Social Studies" to find our offerings.

AETN Programing

"The Roosevelts: An Intimate History"
"The Roosevelts: An Intimate History" chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics. It is the first time in a major documentary television series that their individual stories have been interwoven into a single narrative. This seven-part, 14-hour film follows the Roosevelts for more than a century, from Theodore's birth in 1858 to Eleanor's death in 1962.

Over the course of those years, Theodore would become the 26th President of the United States and his beloved niece, Eleanor, would marry his fifth cousin, Franklin, who became the 32nd President of the United States. Together, these three individuals not only redefined the relationship Americans had with their government and with each other, but they also redefined the role of the United States within the wider world.

The series encompasses the history the Roosevelts helped to shape: the creation of National Parks, the digging of the Panama Canal, the passage of innovative New Deal programs, the defeat of Hitler, and the postwar struggles for civil rights at home and human rights abroad. It is also an intimate human story about love, betrayal, family loyalty, personal courage and the conquest of fear.

A film by Ken Burns. Written by Geoffrey C. Ward. Produced by Paul Barnes, Pam Tubridy Baucom and Ken Burns.

The first episode of "The Roosevelts" will premiere on Sunday, Sept. 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. and run for seven consecutive nights on AETN. Each episode will be repeated from 9 to 11 each night. There will be a weekend, daytime marathon Sept. 20 and 21.

AETN Program Listings

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

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

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

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

Sunday, Sept.14-20
8 p.m. - "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History" (seven consecutive nights)

Last Sunday of each month
1 p.m. - "Agri Arkansas"

News from AETN PBS LearningMedia

Sept. 11 - Patriot Day

September 15 - U.S. Presidents Week

September 17 - Constitution Day

These and more can be found at

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