StationBreak Summer 2015

Conquering Summer Learning Loss

In this edition of StationBreak, we highlight many great resources for teachers and students to fight summer learning loss. Featured resources include AETN educational materials for fun-filled learning in the summer months, noteworthy ArkansasIDEAS professional development courses for coaches, relevant AETN programming, such as 108°: Critical Response, and relevant AETN PBS LearningMedia resource collections, which include lesson plans, media galleries, and educational videos.

StationBreak informs you about upcoming AETN programming, professional development opportunities from ArkansasIDEAS, and educational resources from AETN and AETN PBS LearningMedia.

News From ArkansasIDEAS

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A New LMS for Online Professional Development
You told us what you wanted, and we listened! ArkansasIDEAS has transitioned to a new learning management system (LMS). This new LMS provides teachers with many additional features, including new courses, more technology offerings, easier navigation, and a fresh, mobile-friendly design.

Here are a few important things to note regarding the new LMS:

  • All Arkansas educators will need to register for an account in the new LMS.
  • All courses will now be taken in the new LMS, accessible at
  • After logging into the new LMS, there is a link on the home tab that will allow you to retrieve transcripts for coursework completed in the old system.

Help is Available!
We have several resources available if you need assistance registering for, or navigating within, our new LMS. To access our ArkansasIDEAS Quick Start Guide, click here. We are also providing recurring introductory webinars throughout the summer. You can access the webinar schedule and sign up to attend one here.

If you are currently enrolled in the Disciplinary Literacy Option or the Arkansas History Option and you need assistance transitioning into the new LMS, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please contact the ArkansasIDEAS help desk by email at or by phone at 800-488-6689.

New & Noteworthy Professional Development Offerings

New Series: Agri Arkansas
We now have six new 30-minute Arkansas History courses developed based on the popular new AETN series Agri Arkansas, a monthly production dedicated to Arkansas’s agricultural heritage. To find these courses in our new LMS, enter the search term “Agri Arkansas” in the Find Learning tab.

New Course: Hoxie the First Stand
Two years before Governor Faubus attempted to prevent the Little Rock Nine from attending Central High School, 21 brave African-American students enrolled in school at the previously segregated Hoxie Public School District. This course, which features the documentary Hoxie: The First Stand, chronicles the struggle encountered by these students and their families as the Hoxie School Board fought to desegregate public education in this rural Arkansas community. Click here to take this course.

Informed Choices = Injury Prevention: Head Bonks to Brain Injury
This course features a presentation made at Pulaski Technical College on Nov. 8, 2012, for the Informed Choices = Injury Prevention Conference. The Injury Prevention Center of Arkansas Children's Hospital hosted the daylong event. Dr. Richard Kyle is the featured expert in this course. Dr. Kyle introduces the anatomy and function of the brain. He also provides audience members with the opportunity to inspect a human brain. Dr. Kyle discusses types of brain injuries and explains common ways these injuries are sustained and how they may be treated. Click here to take this one-hour course.

Communicable Diseases: A Course for Arkansas Coaches
Contracting a communicable disease can sideline an athlete before he or she even takes the field. This course will help you, your staff, and your players take the proper steps to avoid infection. Throughout this course, we look at some of the communicable diseases that affect young athletes. We’ll look at their causes, how they spread, how they are treated, and how they can be prevented. Click here to take this one-hour course.

108°: Critical Response
Through personal testimonies from families who have been affected by exertional heat stroke and interviews with coaches, certified athletic trainers, kinesiologists, and other medical professionals, 108°: Critical Response looks at the seriousness of heat illness and its underlying causes, as well as how to treat and prevent exertional heat illness. Click here to take this course.

These professional development resources and more can be found at


News from AETN

Student Selects – 2015 Thea Scholarship Winners Announced

Congratulations to our 2015 Student Selects Thea Filmmaking Scholarship winners Reed Carson, Addison Yates, Michael Driskell, and Cole Borgstadt! Each will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship from the Thea Foundation to an institution of their choice. Click here for links to view the films and learn more.

Summer Learning Loss Prevention

This summer, AETN and PBS are encouraging kids and families to prevent summer learning loss through fun content and activities from June through August. Keep the learning going with special Dinosaur Train programs in June, Wild Kratts episodes in July, and Curious George specials in August. Throughout the summer, don’t miss special AETN KIDS club content with program updates, event announcements, book suggestions and more at

Learn Spanish with Oh, Noah! this Summer
This summer, introduce kids to Spanish in an entertaining way with Oh, Noah! This PBS KIDS digital series features the comic misadventures of Noah, a young boy who stays with his grandmother in a community where almost no one else speaks English. As Noah tries to learn Spanish and makes new friends, his misunderstandings often land him in wacky predicaments, but he always manages to rebound and cheerfully learn from his mistakes! Click here for accompanying AETN PBS LearningMedia resources.

AETN Youth Academy 2015
Starting to make summer plans for your family? Kids can learn how inventions can make the world a better place in two free AETN Youth Academy camps this summer! Sign up now to join us for "Get Moving Challenge" camps in June and "Speedy Shelter Challenge" camps in July. Click here for more information. For registration, click here.

Featured AETN Programing

108°: Critical Response 
108° is a dramatic documentary produced to promote heat illness awareness (prevention) primarily in schools, featuring first-hand testimonies of families of heatstroke victims and coaches. Also included is medical information from physicians, kinesiologists and athletic trainers. You can also take the professional development course here. Airs throughout June and on Sunday, July 26, at 3 p.m.

Minority Matters
Minority Matters is a television program dedicated to providing a forum for discussion and exploration of issues affecting Arkansas's minority communities. The show's goal is to create a deeper level of understanding and awareness for all Arkansans, and to seek solutions to the challenges facing our state. Sylvester Smith hosts. Airs Sunday, July 26, at 4 p.m.

Programming Schedule

Date and Time


Sundays, 1 p.m.

Sundays, 6 p.m.

Agri Arkansas

Globe Trekker

Mondays, 6:30 p.m.

Exploring Arkansas

Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.

Cooking on the Wild Side

Wednesdays, 7 p.m.


Wednesdays, 8 p.m.

Fridays, 7:30 p.m.


Arkansas Week

Tuesday, June 2, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 7, 1 p.m.

Sunday, June 7, 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 7, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, June 8, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, June 10, 1 a.m.

Thursday, June 18, 3 a.m.

Sunday, June 28, 3:12 p.m.

Tuesday, June 30, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, June 30, 8 p.m.

Monday, July 4, 7 & 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 7, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, July 7, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, July 14, 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 26, 3 p.m.

Sunday, July 26, 4 p.m.

Thursday, July 30, 10:30 p.m.

The Buffalo Flows

Sacred Spaces: The Architecture of Fay Jones

Silent Storytellers

Up Among the Hills: The Story of Fayetteville

108°: Critical Response

108°: Critical Response

108°: Critical Response

In Their Words:Their Journey - A Veteran's Tribute Tour

Mount Rushmore: American Experience

Seeds of Conflict

A Capitol Fourth

The Abolitionists: American Experience - Part One 

The Abolitionists: American Experience - Part Two

The Abolitionists: American Experience - Part Three

108°: Critical Response

Minority Matters

El Latino


Resources from AETN PBS LearningMedia

Alex de Sherbinin on Human Migrations from Climate Change – Audio
Alex de Sherbinin of Columbia University talks about the potential impacts of climate change on humans. Scientists believe climate change may force people in environmentally stressed regions to migrate. View this resource here. GRADES 7-12

Sound Safari – Video
In this video from Plum Landing, three friends record the many different sounds they hear in their neighborhood. By walking and quietly observing, they notice a range of sounds, from nature sounds like birdcalls to sounds made by people, like a jogger’s footsteps and the notes from a musician’s saxophone. View this resource here. Find more environmental science resources at the Plum Landing website. GRADES 1-4

Who Invented The Computer? – Video
There are more than a dozen legitimate contenders to consider, all designers of unique, remarkable machines. But with facts and timelines clouded by controversy, contradictions, and intrigue, debate has raged in courtrooms and classrooms for decades. View this resource here. GRADES 9-12

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