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“108˚: Critical Response” Honored Nationally

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AETN is proud to congratulate our station and ArkansasIDEAS teams on their national recognition for the original production “108˚: Critical Response.” 


The documentary film and accompanying professional development materials addressed the important and difficult topic of exertional heat illness, and earned honors from the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA), including a 2015 Education & Community Engagement Collective Impact Achievement and first place in Instructional Media — Teacher Resource.

“108˚: Critical Response,” produced by Carlos Rodríguez and Amy Waller, addresses the dangers of heat illness through personal testimonies from families who have been affected by exertional heat stroke and interviews coaches, certified athletic trainers, kinesiologists, and other medical professionals. Through their descriptions, the film details the seriousness of heat illness and its underlying causes, in addition to explaining steps to prevent and treat exertional heat illness. The film was produced in response to Arkansas Act 1214 of 2011, which requires coaches to complete training in heat illness recognition and prevention. 

Judges for the NETA Awards remarked that the documentary was outstanding, powerful and that, “a serious subject handled in a professional manner also becomes a powerful training [and] informational tool.”

We are incredibly proud of our teams’ outstanding work to serve the educators and families of Arkansas by addressing this vital topic. 

We also express our deep thanks to the families of three young victims of heat illness who were featured in the film. The three young men included Kendrick Fincher of Rogers and Tyler Davenport of Lamar, both of whom died of heat stroke while practicing football during summer months, and Will James of Little Rock, who received treatment and survived. Parents Rhonda Fincher, Mark and Tina Davenport, and Patti James all appear in the documentary. Their testimony and work made an inestimable impact in “108˚: Critical Response” and to drawing awareness to the dangers of heat illness in Arkansas and across the nation.

“108˚: Critical Response" is available for online professional development credit for Arkansas state licensed educators via ArkansasIDEAS. The full-length film and additional information, including a toolkit for managing heat illness, is also available to the general public at

ArkansasIDEAS, created in conjunction with the Arkansas Department of Education, is an online teacher professional development learning management system (LMS), with a 500-plus course inventory, 2.1 million hours of ADE-approved professional development and serving 52,000 educators. ArkansasIDEAS is a welcome resource for educators across the state – in its first month the LMS gained 5,000 new users, and teachers earned over 17,000 credit hours. 


“108˚: Critical Response”


“108˚: Critical Response”
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