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‘Rise and Shine,’ Arkansas Teachers of the Year share tips along with Arkansas PBS summer learning series

Posted 18 Jul 2022

Series to help students gain key knowledge between school years continues

featuring summer learning tips from Arkansas Teachers of the Year


CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) — “Rise and Shine,” a fun summer learning broadcast series designed to help K-5 students gain knowledge that aligns with Arkansas academic standards, continues on Arkansas PBS weekdays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. To help keep the learning going all summer long at home, some of the Arkansas Teachers of the Year who are hosting the series and other guest teachers have offered these tips:


Jessica Saum, 2022 Arkansas Teacher of the Year:

Susanna Post, 2021 Arkansas Teacher of the Year:

Stacey McAdoo, 2019 Arkansas Teacher of the Year:

Randi House, 2018 Arkansas Teacher of the Year:

Lady Molina, Guest Teacher:

Trey Suskie, Guest Teacher:


Each weekday, students can tune in to “Rise and Shine” for lessons led by Arkansas Teachers of the Year and featuring virtual field trips with partners across the state. Field trips for week two include:


Field trips for week three will include:


Other special segments throughout the week will include science with "Wendy Weather Balloon,” nutrition information with “Zach Lunch,” Mr. Steve, The Music Man music videos, “When I Was a 3rd Grader” animated shorts and spelling practice in “Spelling Bs With Benji and Bart.” 


In addition to broadcast, the programming is now available on-demand through streaming devices, the Engage Arkansas PBS app and on the Arkansas PBS website. More information about the “Rise and Shine” program, including PDFs of the Power Packets to download and the request form to receive printed Power Packets by mail for weeks 4-6, is available at


For photos of the program, visit


About “Rise and Shine”

Consisting of more than 90 hours of high quality programming including mini-lessons from Arkansas Teachers of the Year, “Rise and Shine” segments are grounded in the learning targets provided by the Arkansas Department of Education’s Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. With  original songs,  original digital shorts, more than 30 field trip segments and dozens of mini-lesson segments featuring Arkansas teachers, much of “Rise and Shine” is locally produced. Also available are supplemental printed learning activities in both English and Spanish.


About Arkansas PBS

Arkansas PBS, Arkansas’s only statewide public media network, empowers learners of all ages by educating, informing, entertaining and inspiring communities. Arkansas PBS serves as a daily and essential resource for Arkansans by creating, sharing, celebrating and driving conversation around Arkansas stories and classic, trusted PBS programs 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), KETS (Lee Mountain) and KETS (Forrest City).


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