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Arkansas PBS, Arkansas Department of Education collaborate for second season of ‘Rise and Shine’ to reinforce, retain academic learning targets for students

Posted 23 May 2022

Six-week series to guide K-5 students in continued learning

with teacher-led lessons, PBS KIDS programming, free printed learning activities, statewide partners


CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) — Arkansas PBS and the Arkansas Department of Education have collaborated to create Season Two of “Rise and Shine,” an extensive educational program designed to boost summer learning and help K-5 students retain academic learning targets. The six-week program – featuring lessons led by Arkansas teachers to reinforce learning in key subjects including literacy, math, science and social studies – will air on Arkansas PBS weekdays beginning Tuesday, July 5, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.


“We are thrilled to produce a second season of ‘Rise and Shine’ with the Arkansas Department of Education and statewide partners, nurturing summer learning for students in K-5,” Arkansas PBS CEO Courtney Pledger said. “This immersive educational experience allows engaging teachers to connect with students during summer months and is also available for classroom use moving forward. At Arkansas PBS, we are committed to enriching and empowering Arkansans of all ages through content that is essential to their lives.”


“Rise and Shine” Season Two will consist of more than 90 hours of high-quality programming – much of it locally produced – and resources available at no cost to families. The over-the-air broadcast of “Rise and Shine” will help fill the void for students who do not have internet access outside of school, whether due to availability or associated expense.


Working in congruence with the Arkansas Academic Standards framework crafted by the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), Arkansas educators and statewide partners will provide K-5 students with customized content centered on favorite PBS KIDS series. Leading these engaging lessons will be Arkansas Teachers of The Year, and students will be encouraged to learn with over 30 field trips to locations throughout the state including the Arkansas Travelers, Arkansas 4-H Center, Arkansas State Capitol, Arkansas Railroad Museum, Bull Shoals Caverns, Petit Jean State Park and many more.


The six-week series will connect students with mini-lessons led by the following Arkansas Teachers of the Year:


Additionally, two new guest teachers – Trey Suskie and Lady Molina – will host special segments.


Other original segments each week will include science with “Wendy Weather Balloon”; nutrition information with “Zach Lunch”; Mr. Steve, the Music Man literacy music videos; “When I was a 3rd Grader” animated shorts; and a new segment “Spelling B’s with Benji and Bart.”


“Rise and Shine” will connect students with supplemental remote lessons grounded in curriculum from subject matter experts and Arkansas teachers, while also providing introductory and concluding transitions for national PBS KIDS educational programming to support learning targets put in place by DESE.


“We are really excited and pleased to partner again with Arkansas PBS and other community partners for a second season of ‘Rise and Shine,’” DESE Deputy Commissioner Stacy Smith said. “The first season was a huge success, with students and educators from around the state watching and learning each day. By offering this successful educational programming during the critical summer months when school is out, our goal is to reduce learning loss by bridging the gap between robust learning that occurred this past school year and preparing students to return to school this fall.”


Families and students across the state are encouraged to extend the learning with "Rise and Shine" Power Packets, free summer activity kits for kids printed in both English and Spanish. Power Packets are available for download or can be requested to be mailed directly to homes, daycares, summer camps and more at


In addition to broadcasts, the programming will be available on-demand through streaming devices, the Engage Arkansas PBS app and on the Arkansas PBS website. A robust community outreach component will localize the effort in all counties. More information is available at


Photos of the program are available at


About Arkansas PBS

Arkansas PBS, Arkansas’s only statewide public media network, enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. Arkansas PBS delivers daily, essential, local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers through multiple digital platforms, including livestreaming at, on-demand services and YouTube TV, and the distinct channels Arkansas PBS, Arkansas PBS Create, Arkansas PBS KIDS, Arkansas PBS WORLD and Arkansas PBS AIRS on SAP. Members with Arkansas PBS Passport have extended on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. Arkansas PBS depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at Arkansas PBS is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), KETZ (El Dorado) and KETR (Lee Mountain).


About Arkansas Department of Education

The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is a division of the Arkansas Department of Education which provides leadership, support and service to schools, districts and communities so every student graduates prepared for college, career, and community engagement. For more information, visit