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“Rise and Shine” to Fight Summer Learning Loss

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Arkansas PBS and the Arkansas Department of Education are joining forces to battle summer learning loss with our new program “Rise and Shine”! This six-week summer learning program is a unique way to reinforce what Arkansas students have covered during a challenging pandemic year and help them retain academic learning over the break.


With teacher-led lessons, PBS KIDS programming and the help of our statewide this extensive educational program is designed as a fun way to boost summer learning for K-5 students!


The “Rise and Shine” program – featuring lessons led by Arkansas teachers to reinforce learning in key subjects including literacy, math, science and social studies – will air on weekdays starting Tuesday, July 6, from 8 to 11:30 a.m.


“We are thrilled to collaborate with the Arkansas Department of Education and partners across the state to bring an essential summer learning experience to our K-5 students,” Arkansas PBS Education Director Sajni Kumpuris said. “Our organization is committed to enriching and empowering Arkansans through relevant, daily content, and this partnership allows us to bring more value to education and provide a new avenue for teachers to connect with students during the summer months.”


“Rise and Shine” will feature more than 90 hours of high-quality programming – much of it created right here at Arkansas PBS – and resources that are available at no cost to families.


Our over-the-air broadcast of “Rise and Shine” will also close the gap for students who do not have internet access outside of school, whether due to availability or associated expense. We’re working to reach all of Arkansas by expanding transmitter coverage with funds awarded by the Arkansas CARES Act Steering Committee to make sure educational services are available for everyone in the future! By working in partnership with the Arkansas Academic Standards framework crafted by the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), Arkansas educators and our statewide partners will provide K-5 students with customized content centered on favorite PBS KIDS series.


Arkansas Teachers of The Year – including Susanna Post, Joel Lookadoo, Stacey McAdoo, Randi House, Courtney Cochran and Meghan Ables – will be leading these engaging lessons, and students will be encouraged to learn with segments from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Little Rock Zoo, Museum of Discovery, Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks, Museum of Native American History, Central Arkansas Library System (CALS), Mid-America Science Museum, Scott Family Amazeum, the Arkansas Travelers and many more!


“We are proud to be partnering with Arkansas PBS and other great community partners to do what we can to help our students reinforce and retain academic milestones during the summer,” Johnny Key, commissioner of education and cabinet secretary at the Arkansas Department of Education, said. “This summer comes at a special time for educators, which is why this community-backed, all-inclusive education initiative is just the type of summer program our state needs to promote student learning during such a critical time.”


“Rise and Shine” will also connect your children with extra, remote lessons grounded in curriculum from Arkansas teachers and subject matter experts, on top of transitions for national PBS KIDS educational programming designed to support DESE learning targets.


“During the pandemic when many students were learning from home, our partnership with Arkansas PBS produced some fantastic educational content that aired on PBS stations, giving students around the state access to high-quality lessons,” Stacy Smith, deputy commissioner for ADE’s Division of Elementary and Secondary Education, said. “We are taking that best practice and replicating it this summer to provide exceptional educational programs to help reduce the effects of learning loss that we know occur each summer. We are excited to offer the ‘Rise and Shine’ program to address this critical issue and help students excel academically.”


In addition to our broadcasts, “Rise and Shine” will be available on-demand through streaming devices, the Engage Arkansas PBS app and on the Arkansas PBS website. Learn more about everything you have to look forward to at!





“Rise and Shine” – weekdays from 8-11:30 a.m. beginning July 6