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AETN offers classes for Arkansas educators via webinars

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) will offer a series of webinars Wednesdays in August to introduce educators to the features, services and benefits of ArkansasIDEAS and PBS resources.

"These webinars are an efficient way to reach Arkansas users who depend on us - a group that has doubled in the past 18 months - in an efficient manner without the burden of travel," AETN Director of Education Bryan Fields said. "We're constantly growing, and this is a new method of training that we can use to empower and support the entire state."

Webinars will address PBS educational resources, the ArkansasIDEAS professional development portal, and national and state level initiatives, including Common Core State Standards, the Teacher Excellence and Support System (TESS), administrative trainings, gifted and special education, and Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education. Webinars will be viewable through computers or mobile devices.

Webinars include:

Registration is required. Educators should visit ideas.aetn.org/pd/webinars for additional information and to register. One hour of technology credit will be awarded from ArkansasIDEAS, and a certificate will be provided via email.

ArkansasIDEAS (ideas.aetn.org), the first and largest state-funded comprehensive online professional development resource for educators in the nation, was launched as a cooperative endeavor between AETN and the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), building on a productive relationship of more than 30 years. ArkansasIDEAS is designed to enhance educators' content knowledge and instructional skills by providing high-quality, online professional development to improve teacher quality and increase student achievement.

Arkansas currently requires one of the highest numbers of professional development hours each year to maintain a teaching license and now has the largest comprehensive continuing education portal - including trainings, courses, resources and assessments - in a cutting-edge online setting. More than 38,500 registered educators in all regions of the state have completed approximately 610,000 credit hours in ArkansasIDEAS since its launch 8 years ago.

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