Arkansas PBS will continue to support at-home learning through “Arkansas AMI” for the remainder of the school year due to COVID-19 closures. The educational programming and classroom materials are produced in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Education’s Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), according to an April 14 news release.
“Arkansas AMI” provides curriculum-based programming that supports DESE learning guides that are available online and at a local level through school districts that are participating in this format of AMI instruction.
Arkansas PBS is positioned to reach Arkansas families with learning resources through television and a variety of digital platforms.
Arkansas PBS will continue working to expand broadcast coverage in gap areas. Network over-the-air broadcasts currently reach 76% of the state, and Arkansas PBS is in conversations with cable and satellite providers to carry the primary channel to ensure families have access to AMI programming during school closures. according to the release.
Viewers can currently watch “Arkansas AMI” on the following platforms:
Daily broadcast on ARPBS-1 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through May 22. Additional information, including content by grade and related resources, is available at myarkansaspbs.org/arkansasami.
Livestream at myarkansaspbs.org/arkansasami.
On demand by 10 a.m. each day, and archived, at myarkansaspbs.org/arkansasami. These videos will remain available for the entirety of school closures due to COVID-19, and longer as online rights allow.
On the free Engage Arkansas PBS app for iPhone and Android.
On the PBS Video app on mobile and streaming devices (Apple TV, Roku, etc.).
On the Arkansas PBS channel for YouTube TV subscribers.
“Arkansas AMI” features five Arkansas Teachers of the Year hosting segments of each AMI day. The daily schedule beginning weekdays at 8 a.m. is divided into the following programming blocks: 8-9:30 a.m.: Grades Pre-K-2; 9:30-11 a.m.: Grades 3-5; and 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Grades 6-8.
Content is aligned with current state and federal standards so that programming is flexible enough to serve as both supplemental and fundamental, based on the needs of school districts. Lesson plans can be downloaded by individuals, parents, caretakers and others who want to use these resources at myarkansaspbs.org/arkansasami.
Additionally, PBS is partnering with WORLD Channel on a content block for children in grades 6-12, which will be made available from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday on ARPBS-4 WORLD beginning Monday. Information on how to watch WORLD Channel is available at myarkansaspbs.org/channelinformation.
Anyone needing assistance with the broadcast or finding Arkansas PBS on TV should contact Arkansas PBS at 800-662-2386 or email@example.com, while anyone needing help with educational instruction should contact the Arkansas PBS education team at 501-682-0317 or AMIhelp@myarkansaspbs.org. Assistance is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.