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2016 AETN PBS Kids Writers Contest

Do you know Arkansas students in grades K-3 who tell tall tales, perfect their poetry, weave fascinating plots or could be among the next great American novelists? Be sure to tell them about the AETN PBS Kids Writers Contest! Entries in the statewide contest will be accepted through Friday, April 1.

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Coding Is the New Literacy - Free ScratchJr App Gets Kids Started

It’s never to early to learn, and PBS KIDS ScratchJr is a great new app that helps kids learn computer coding by creating their own interactive stories and games! Learn more about how children ages 5-7 can learn the building blocks of computer programming by snapping together graphical programming blocks to make their favorite PBS KIDS characters come to life after the jump.

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Dyslexia Conference for Arkansas Schools

ArkansasIDEAS is partnering with the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) to hold “Dyslexia Conference for Arkansas Schools — Literacy for All: Understanding Dyslexia.” The conference — which will feature nationally renowned speakers’ strategies for successfully working with students with dyslexia, followed by a Congressional Dyslexia Forum — is designed to provide training and support for Arkansas educators and bridge the gap in the federal Americans With Disabilities Act funding. This free conference will be held March 7-8 at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

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“The Caged Bird: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price”

Florence B. Price — recognized as one of the two most prominent African American composers of the 20th century — was a favorite composer of legendary soprano Marian Anderson and the first African American woman to have her composition presented by a major symphony. Explore this Arkansas native’s extraordinary life and music in a special presentation of “The Caged Bird” on Monday, Nov. 16, at 9 p.m.

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