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Arkansas AMI – Week 1 Schedule

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It’s our first week of “Arkansas AMI” (Alternative Methods of Instruction), and we’re excited to partner with the Arkansas Department of Education’s Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to bring school to you at home!

Every day, we’ll be broadcasting three different streamlined, curriculum-based programming bands for Arkansas children in Pre-K-8th grade. Pre-K-2 programming will start at 8 a.m., broadcasts for grades 3-5 will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the band for 6-8th grade students will kick off at 11 a.m. We’re also sharing this broadcast content online every day by 4 p.m. at and the free Arkansas PBS Engage App, which you can download for iPhone or Android in the App Store or Google Play Store.

Check out this week’s schedule now:



Our broadcast content will align with current state and federal standards so that programming is flexible enough to serve as both supplemental and fundamental, based on the needs of school districts. All lesson plans are being developed by DESE. Educators and parents will have access to bilingual lesson plans and curriculum materials tailored to the PBS content to make meaningful use of the content and learning. Because school districts are personalizing this content and choosing different distribution plans that best meet their students’ needs, you will need to contact your school for this content and related information.


Five previous Arkansas Teachers of the Year will be hosting a segment of each AMI day via video. Arkansas PBS is proud to work with these teachers to record instruction remotely throughout the state! Educators include: Pre-K-2nd grade band host Randi House, who teaches kindergarten in Conway, Arkansas, and is the 2018 Arkansas Teacher of the Year; 3rd-5th grade band co-hosts Courtney Cochran – who is a principal in Cedarville, Arkansas, and the 2017 Teacher of the Year – and Meghan Ables – who is a teacher at Stuttgart High School and the 2016 Arkansas Teacher of the Year; and 6th-8th grade band host Stacey McAdoo who is a 9-12th Communication/AVID teacher at Little Rock Central High
 and the 2019 Arkansas Teacher of the Year. 2020 Teacher of the Year Joel Lookadoo – a math teacher in Springdale, Arkansas – will be sharing math games across all programming bands.


Arkansas PBS is available statewide over the air or through select cable and satellite providers. More information about how to watch can be found at

Viewers can tune in depending on their location:

  • KAFT-Channel 13 (Northwest AR)
  • KEMV-Channel 6 (North Central AR)
  • KTEJ-Channel 19 (Northeast AR)
  • KETS-Channel 2 (Central AR)
  • KETG-Channel 9 (Southwest AR)
  • KETZ-Channel 12 (Southeast AR)
  • The AMI instructional content and shows will be available online by 4 p.m. on the same day of the broadcast at and on the Arkansas PBS Engage App.


    For help with broadcast:

    For help with broadcast or finding Arkansas PBS on TV, contact Arkansas PBS Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Call 800-662-2386, or email us.

    For help with educational instruction:

    For help with educational instruction, contact the Arkansas PBS education team Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Call the help desk at 501-682-0317 or email

    For information about lesson plans, instructional packets and school requirements:

    Questions about requirements of AMI days should be directed to your applicable school district. Regardless of the requirement by each school district, the programming was carefully selected for pre-K-8 students and their parents to enjoy and engage in family time learning.


    ADE has partnered with Virtual Arkansas to engage and provide continued learning for 9-12 high school students. Additionally, PBS is partnering with WORLD Channel on a content block for children in grades 6-12, which is available from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Find out how to watch WORLD Channel at

    Providing unrestricted access to education for Arkansas’s early learners and secondary students is a priority for our state and Arkansas PBS. During challenging times, we’re glad to have a special way to be here for you and your children. We’re thrilled to continue a long and successful partnership with ADE to support their learning at home and AMI plans.