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Greenbrier, Ark., educator Sarah Jerry named PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator
Everyone at AETN is thrilled to announce that Sarah Jerry, GT specialist at Greenbrier Eastside Elementary School, is one of the 100 educators nationwide named as a 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator! This program rewards tech-savvy K-12 educators across the U.S. who serve as leaders in educational technology and incorporate digital media in classrooms. We were pleased to surprise Mrs. Jerry with the news of her recognition and the year-long professional development opportunities she will receive. Read more

Earth Day - why not make it Earth Month? Explore the Outdoors with AETN KIDS!
It’s suddenly April … and it’s just beginning to feel like spring outside! Take advantage of the new, friendlier weather and AETN and PBS KIDS’ materials for turning our focus outdoors. You can learn how to help inspire kids to get moving outside and to protect our natural “playground” after the jump. Read more

‘The Cyberchase Movie’ premieres April 22
Conservation, technology and math skills, oh my! “The Cyberchase Movie” — the first ever film for the PBS KIDS series - is premiering on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, at 4:30 p.m. Learn more about the film and our annual Explore the Outdoors campaign after the jump. Read more

The Cat in the Hat is coming to Fort Smith April 19
Friends in Fort Smith and northwest Arkansas, your favorite chapeau-ed feline is making a visit! In partnership with Mercy Northwest Arkansas and Mercy Kids, we’re bringing the star of “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!” to Fort Smith Public Library Saturday, April 19. Details about the free event and the fun we’ll have can be found after the jump. Read more

New “Wild Kratts” World Adventure App Available
Into “creature power” at your house? PBS KIDS has just launched an all-new “Wild Kratts” World Adventure App for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and we think it’s going to be a hit with Kratt fans across the boards. Just in time for Earth Month, World Adventure invites kids to explore animal science and habitats while building key skills and encouraging science inquiry. Read more

Ken Burns' "The Address" lesson plans live
Educators, homeschoolers and parents take note! In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address and the April 15 premiere of Ken Burns' latest documentary, "The Address," PBS and Burns have launched a national initiative to "Learn the Address." To take the project even further, we're excited to provide great classroom resources, materials, lessons plans and activities that will make learning about this import piece of American history even more interesting and engaging!
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Ken Burns’ “The Address” Premieres April 15
Need something to make tax day a little more bearable? How about the premiere of Ken Burns’ latest documentary? In “The Address,” hear the stories of boys attending a Vermont school where children with learning difference memorize and recite the Gettysburg Address in public, and unlock the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address in the process! Read more

New series “Paint With Kevin” premieres April 5
Be sure to tune in for our newest crafting series, “Paint With Kevin” on Saturdays at 10 a.m., beginning April 5. In each 30-minute episode, eighteen-year-old painting phenom Kevin Hill invites painters of all skill levels to complete a new oil painting. Read on to learn more about the host and the painting methods you can expect to learn! Read more

Want to meet Cat in the Hat? We know a lot about that!
And, even better, we have excellent news! Cat in the Hat will join us and our friends from Mercy Northwest Arkansas to host an event in the Rogers Public Library Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to noon. Learn more about this fun, free event after the jump. Read more

AETN KIDS Club Spring Reading List
Shake off the cold, and get ready for an adventure! Try out our reading suggestions - including a great book from Batesville, Ark., author and illustrator Mark Alan Rorie - to travel around Arkansas and the world from wherever you happen to be. Read more

Get Involved in the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
Over the past year, everyone at AETN has been thrilled to participate in the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading mission to help all Arkansas third graders read on grade level by 2020, and we've especially enjoyed the opportunity its provided to carry out five kick-off events in grantee communities. But nothing could speak to the importance of the work we're doing in partnership with the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, through a grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, than seeing how it impacts Arkansas students! Read more

2014 AETN Student Selects accepting entries through April 4
The 2014 Student Selects competition is officially underway here at AETN, which means we’re now accepting films from students all across Arkansas. This is an excellent opportunity for any budding young filmmakers out there to get recognition - including broadcast, film festival screenings and scholarships - for his or her work, and this year we’re trying something out that will make it easier to for you to submit your entries. Read more

Learn the Address - Bringing History to Life
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, documentarian Ken Burns has launched a national effort to encourage everyone in America to record themselves reading or reciting the speech. Expand the collection with your rendition, and inspire others through the power of history at aetn.org/learntheaddress. Read more

2014 Digital Innovators Program Application Deadline is Feb. 14
Do you know an educator who's a digital superstar? Encourage him or her to apply to the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program. This year-long program - which recognizes educators who creatively integrate digital media and technology in the classroom - will foster and reward a community of 100 digitally-savvy K-12 educators. Learn more about the guidelines, benefits and prizes after the jump! Read more

AETN Kids Club December Booklist
Many exciting things happen in December - from Christmas parties and the start of "real" winter to possible snow days and the ending of a wonderful year! However, even more is possible when we step into the realm of books - the only present that can be a vacation, adventure and time machine … and fits into a stocking. See a few of the AETN Kids Club's top picks after the jump. Read more

Enjoy a Spooktacular Halloween with AETN!
Halloween is almost upon us - and we're glad to help you celebrate! From alien invasions and phantoms to a curious monkey's outrageous Halloween adventures, AETN is airing fun Halloween programming for all ages this week. Learn more about "War of the Worlds: American Experience," "Phantom of the Opera at Royal Albert Hall" and "Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest" after the jump. Read more

Last-Minute PBS Halloween Costumes
It's quitting time on October 31 - and you suddenly have a Halloween event to attend and … no costume. Don't worry we have a few ideas that you might be able to pull directly from your closet! From PBS icons to new Masterpiece favorites (for our sartorialists out there) join us after the jump for some great last-minute ideas! Read more

Free Student Workshop, “Student Selects” Screening at HSDFF
If you needed one more reason to make sure you attend the 2013 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, we have it! On Friday, Oct. 18, at 9:30 a.m. the documentary portion of “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase” will be screening in the Arlington Hotel. Even more exciting? We’re hosting a free workshop, open to all K-12 students, to immerse young filmmakers in the art and craft of the documentary form on Oct. 18 and 19. Find details after the jump. Read more

"Peg + Cat" premieres with math fun for preschoolers, starting Oct. 7
Get ready for hilarious, relatable adventures with plucky Peg and lovable Cat, best friends who work together to solve everyday problems using math and problem solving skills, starting Monday, Oct. 7. This educational and entertaining (even for grown-ups) program, produced by The Fred Rogers Company, will air at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Learn more about the fun to come after the jump! Read more

PBS Educational Resource PD Training Oct. 15
Join AETN Early Childhood Education Coordinator Amy Routt for a free professional development course about PBS' most innovative educational resources! Learn how to register for the Oct. 15 course and more about its offerings after the jump. Read more

"Design Squad Nation" site for your budding do-it-yourselfer
"Design Squad Nation" launches a new Engineering website for your budding do-it-yourselfer! Tweens, families…anyone can be an engineer here.  This interactive community challenges kids to express their adventurous, do-it-yourself spirit by providing a forum to share their ideas with like-minded creative kids.  Make a balloon engine, learn how roller coasters work, share your own ideas and more! Read more