The Making of Mystery League – Lessons Learned

26 Jan 2024 in

Learning from Children
“Why are we doing this?”

I sometimes heard the question “Why are we doing this?” from students when I taught in the classroom. And it’s a valid question. Sometimes, learning takes place when we don’t even know it.

What does learning look like to you? As a teacher, I tried to engage my students in learning by designing relevant content, creating interactive learning experiences and making real-world connections. It worked most of the time, but my students were most engaged when I listened and learned from them.

Welcome to the Writers’ Room

09 Jan 2024 in

The Big Time
Writers’ rooms are places of legend. For shows like “Saturday Night Live,” “Seinfeld” or countless others, writers’ rooms are where colorful and storied careers begin. For TV writers, the chance to work in a writers’ room is “The Big Time.” This is what made the formation of Arkansas PBS’ “Mystery League” writers’ room such a special occurrence.

The Making of “Mystery League” - Dancing Detective

19 Dec 2023 in

Purple Mystery Mash. Robot Teachers. Helpful Heroes. Crop Circles. Whew! The “Mystery League” detectives have been busy going places and solving cases, but who I am is no mystery. My name is Prentice Dupins, Jr. I work at Arkansas PBS as an education and instruction coordinator, and let me tell you, being part of “Mystery League” was a blast! Come with me now to learn all about how this amazing Arkansas PBS-original series was created.

Doing My Part

The Making of “Mystery League” - Learning Goals

21 Nov 2023 in

It was important to us that we get this right. Arkansas PBS has one of the largest teams of educators of any PBS station in the US, and we were set to begin planning for a new children’s show that was not only entertaining and enjoyable by the whole family, but also engaging, thought provoking, and most importantly—educational. We didn’t know what we would call the show for some time, but in the fall of 2022, we were in the very early stages of planning for “Mystery League.” And it has been one of the most fulfilling educational initiatives of my career so far.

Mystery League Sneak Peek

10 Oct 2023 in

Get out your detective gear. Arkansas PBS is pleased to announce several community events for its all-new original series “Mystery League.”

Geared toward children in kindergarten through second grade, “Mystery League” is a live-action series designed to teach valuable lessons about friendship and community. The fun-filled events are set to kick off on Thursday, Oct. 26, offering attendees a chance to enjoy exclusive presentations of two episodes from the new educational series, learn a dance, partake in engaging activities, share snacks and take home their own Mystery bag.

Calming Practices for Your Child

21 Sep 2023 in

Returning to school can be a big and stressful transition for children. Even your smallest kids may be feeling stressed or anxious. A new school year brings a new teacher, new routines, new classmates and all kinds of new schoolwork. That much change could make anyone feel overwhelmed, but children often don’t know how to cope with these big emotions.

Arkansas PBS PMA 2023

11 Sep 2023 in

Arkansas PBS is honored to be recognized by our peers at the National Educational Television Association (NETA) for exemplary work which supports our mission of educating Arkansans. From our community engagement for “Rise and Shine” to Arkansas PBS Family Day 2023 and efforts that highlight culture, diversity and overcoming adversity, the stories and needs of Arkansans are at the heart of everything we do. Thank you for your support!