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New “Champion Trees” & “Bayou Bartholomew” PD Courses Live

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AETN documentaries have inspired two of ArkansasIDEAS newest professional development courses. Arkansas educators interested in earning credit toward Arkansas Studies and Social Studies can now explore “Champion Trees” and “Bayou Bartholomew” in detail.

The “Champion Trees - Arkansas History” course, which examines the largest trees of their respective species in Arkansas, explores the arboreal wonders and how they influence and inspire the people around them. Featured in the course are champion trees from across the state, as well as Hot Springs artist Linda Palmer, who has spent years photographing and drawing the state’s champions.

In the “Bayou Bartholomew - Arkansas History” course, educators will delve into the history of Bayou Bartholomew, which originates near Pine Bluff and enjoys the unique distinction of being the longest bayou in the world. Stretching 359 miles before emptying into the Ouachita River near Sterlington, Louisiana, this outstanding specimen of biodiversity is not only a wonder of nature but a national treasure. 

In particular, this ArkansasIDEAS course examines the bayou’s more than 3,000 year history and investigates how it has long been overlooked for its contribution to the heart of the Delta’s development. Videos featured offer interviews with individuals have lived along the bayou — in both Arkansas and Louisiana — their entire lives and share stories dating back to the steamboat era.

As is always true of ArkansasIDEAS and Arkansas Department of Education approved courses, educators must review and study the accompanying lessons, take and pass the assessment at a mastery level of 80 percent or higher, and complete the course survey to official finish the course and obtain a certificate of completion.



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