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2019 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest Winners

The AETN educator team read more than 200 stories from Arkansas’s young writers this year — resulting in many giggles, guffaws, gasps and “awws”! After much deliberation, we're excited to congratulate our 12 2019 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest winners. Learn more and read their stories after the jump.

"Arkansans Ask: Gov. Asa Hutchinson"

What questions do you have for Gov. Asa Hutchinson? Join us for Thursday, May 16, at 7 see him live in AETN Studios. Gov. Hutchinson will discuss the passage of his four goals for this year's legislative session and answer viewer questions in the hour-long program.

PBS KIDS Edcamp Hosted by AETN

Every Teacher Is a Reading Teacher - "The Science of Reading"

Arkansas is changing literacy instruction in every classroom across the state, and ArkansasIDEAS is helping lead the charge with an 18-hour learning pathway to help train teachers in The Science of Reading. Internationally recognized literacy experts are working with AETN’s Education staff to better prepare our students for lifelong learning built on The Science of Reading! Keep reading to learn how and see what I've learned as the course producer.

"Quiz Bowl 2019" Champions

AETN was thrilled to host the “Arkansas Quiz Bowl 2019: Governor’s Academic Competition” on Saturday, April 27. See the results from the tournament of academic champions after the jump.

“Student Selects Young Filmmakers Showcase” 2019

With entries from talented young filmmakers from across the state, choosing a select few for recognition, screening, Arkansas Historic Place Film Prizes and more is no simple task. After a great deal of viewing impressive films and much deliberation, we’re proud to recognize our winning students Monday, May 13, at the Student Selects Young Filmmakers Showcase at CALS Ron Robinson Theater.

Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: May 2019”

A pristine lake; snakes and more snakes; a historic lookout; waterfalls and off-roading – it’s all coming up in a brand new edition of “Exploring Arkansas” Wednesday, May 1! Tune in at 6:30 p.m. on AETN, or check out a digital-first look with segments on Facebook at

Remembering Dr. William Downs

Dr. William D. Downs Jr. — who passed away Saturday, April 20, 2019 — will long be remembered by AETN and across Arkansas for his dedication to public service and quality journalism. An AETN Commission Board member from 1998-2014, Downs was elected to three consecutive terms as AETN Commission chair, in addition to serving in a variety of other roles during his 16 years of service. His inspiring presence and spirit of excellence will be greatly missed.

AETN KIDS Day at the Arkansas Travelers - Field Trip Extravaganza

AETN and ArkansasIDEAS partnered with the Arkansas Travelers for a field day extravaganza for students and teachers who visited Dickey-Stephens Park on April 17. Read on to learn about this great celebration of Arkansas students and educators!

“Quiz Bowl 2019”

Get your brains and buzzers ready! Brilliant high school students from across the state will test their mental mettle in the annual Arkansas Governor’s Academic Competition at AETN Saturday, April 27, 2019. The state finals matchup involving all seven conferences and a total of 14 teams will broadcast on AETN in two parts: 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m.

ArkansasIDEAS – “Data Security Awareness: Module 6 – Reporting Incidents”

School security encompasses all measures taken to combat threats to people and property in educational environments. Data breaches are consistently increasing, and student information becomes easily accessible by hackers. Learn how to recognize suspicious behaviors and keep student information from being exposed in the sixth module in the Data Security Awareness course, now available on ArkansasIDEAS.  

William Jefferson Clinton Elementary School - Career Feature Visit

AETN Marketing and Engagement Coordinator Jamie Walters recently had the opportunity to visit third grade students at William Jefferson Clinton Elementary in Sherwood for a career presentation. Find out more about what she shared - and what she learned! - after the jump.

“State of the Art” Advance Screenings

After an exhilarating journey of artistic discovery – covering more than 100,000 miles and 1,000 destinations – 100 under-recognized American artists were selected for one unforgettable exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. “State of the Art,” a one-hour documentary premiering nationally Friday, April 26, at 9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. CST on PBS, captures the personal stories of seven of these diverse artists who are redefining the American aesthetic. Learn how you can see a preview screening of the film in El Dorado April 6, at 7:30 p.m., or Little Rock April 13, at 8 p.m. after the jump.

Chuck's Blog - "Exploring Arkansas: April 2019"

From waterfall exploration and going back to “old school” learning to touring an antebellum home in El Dorado and discovering the secret to Searcy’s success story – it’s all on the next edition of “Exploring Arkansas”!

“Student Selects” Entries Due April 1

Up-and-coming filmmakers in grades K-12, there’s just a little longer to submit your entires for “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase”! The student film competition — which highlights Arkansas students’ creativity and talent —  offers the chance for possible broadcast on AETN, scholarships and prize competitions, and screenings at the Student Filmmakers Showcase and the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.

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