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PBS KIDS Edcamp Hosted by AETN

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Arkansas educators, mark your calendars for Saturday, June 1, and PBS KIDS Edcamp hosted by Arkansas Educational Television Network. Join us for a half-day of fun, exploration and discovery with a network of early childhood educators and caregivers from your community.

This FREE professional learning event provides the space to share, collaborate and learn from one another. There you’ll connect with educators facing similar challenges, learn new tips and share ideas. You’ll also discover PBS KIDS resources that support social and emotional development, math and literacy skills.

Refreshments will be provided and, as an added bonus, we will be offering 3 professional development credit hours through AETN for those who attend the event in full.

Register now to reserve your seat here.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center, BHCC 102
University of Central Arkansas Campus
201 Donaghey Avenue, Conway


  • 8:30-9:00: Registration - Coffee and breakfast snacks provided!
  • 9:00-9:30: Welcome! - Learn about the Edcamp model and gather ideas to build the Session Board.
  • 9:30-10:15: Session 1
  • 10:30-11:15: Session 2
  • 11:30-12:15: Session 3
  • 12:30-1:30: Lunch - Reflections, feedback, and prizes!
  • Registration is free; check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.
    Be sure to bring a digital device or smart phone.

    Register here.

    For more information, email Karen Walker, Education Manager, at

    What Is PBS Kids Edcamp?

    The Edcamp model began as an idea and has transformed into a movement! From Philadelphia to Portland and in 40 countries around the globe, authentic professional learning is energizing educators! Participants will collaborate with others to create discussion sessions based on the interests of the people in the room.

    The entire “un-conference” is personalized and learner-driven with those in the room sharing their experience and expertise. Edcamp embraces the belief that fellow educators can be some of the most valuable professional development resources for their colleagues.

    Hear what educators had to say about the Edcamp model after attending an event hosted by our sister station ThinkTV:


    Using a unique “un-conference” model, an Edcamp is based on four main principles:

    1. Participant-driven – educators choose what they want to discuss and what they want to learn. Session topics are generated by educators on the day of the Edcamp. Educators come with ideas, and—together with their peers—decide on what topics they want to cover with no formal leader.
    2. Free to attend – there are no fees associated with attending an Edcamp. All educators are welcome.
    3. Experience not experts – all educator experiences are equally valued and respected. The Edcamp model taps into the wealth of experiences by providing a space for educators to share their ideas and thoughts with each other. Expertise is derived from collective and collaborative conversation.
    4. Rule of two feet – if educators want to explore multiple topics or are not getting the professional learning they hoped for in a session, they are free and encouraged to move on to another session.  In other words, they are encouraged to use their two feet and walk, skip or jet propel their way to a topic that speaks to their interests.