ArkansasIDEAS provides K-12 educators with quality, online, ADE-approved professional development and educational resources. ArkansasIDEAS is much more than a website for professional development - it is also the connection to state and national initiatives like Common Core, STEM and TESS, face-to-face and online training, and live streaming.
Online professional development
Administrators can use the portal to organize professional learning communities and assign specific professional development to individuals or groups within their organizations. Course offerings include the internationally-acclaimed ASCD PD Online, Teachscape, and Annenberg/CPB, as well as courses created from AETN and ArkansasIDEAS original productions.
A course catalog can be found at ideas.aetn.org/catalog or at the next education conference.
AETN is committed to supporting educators in the Arkansas Common Core State Standards Initiative.
AETN supports the Arkansas Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative by serving as the leading provider of related professional development material. AETN created, manages, hosts and provides content on a website dedicated to the Arkansas CCSS Initiative educator professional development training. Learn more »
AETN has created a specialized website to support the Teacher Excellence and Support System (TESS), a system for effective teaching and leading in Arkansas's schools.
TESS is crucial to ensuring high-quality instruction and instructional leadership that will impact teaching, learning and student achievement throughout Arkansas schools.
In an effort to support educators and administrators with this new system, ArkansasIDEAS (Internet Delivered Education for Arkansas Schools) has assigned each course in the professional development portal with a suggested domain component according to Charlotte Danielson's work, Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching. Learn more »
AETN is a partner in the Professional Development Plan for STEM Foundations.
AETN produces video courses and maintains a website that hosts high-quality online professional development courses. These courses will be designed to help increase teacher efficacy across Arkansas, prepare students for STEM courses and promote mastery of the Common Core State Standards. Learn more »
AETN provides training for educators online, in person and through live streaming.
- Face-to-face Labs
AETN offers teacher trainings through face-to-face contact at AETN headquarters, in a school or community setting, and at educational conferences and workshops. AETN offers face-to-face teacher training and utilizes an iMac and iPad mobile lab to help teachers impact student achievement in the classroom.
- Professional development based on PBS content
Through ArkansasIDEAS, AETN offers professional development sessions on the high-quality, research-based PBS resources including AETN PBS LearningMedia, PBS TeacherLine, and PBS KIDS Island.
Webinars introduce educators to the features, services and benefits of ArkansasIDEAS without having to travel. Topics include the professional development portal, national and state level initiatives including TESS, Common Core State Standards and STEM. Educators can log on to the ArkansasIDEAS website to join the webinar through their computer or mobile device. Learn more.
- Live streaming
Educators can take part in professional development opportunities via live streaming. Viewers can watch the live presentation and participate in the discussion via chat or email.