Education Highlight

Educators, wrap up your professional development hours this winter season with the 4th annual ArkansasIDEAS Winter PD Challenge. Take all nine of the campaign courses shown here for a chance to win an exciting prize package! If you have already completed a course listed prior to the start of the challenge - no worries, you have a head start. Courses may be completed in any order.

The challenge runs from December 9, 2022 – January 10, 2023. Upon completion, please send an email to for verification.

CID Course Title Credit Hours
TLC22002 Closing the Empathy Gap 2
ERC23004 Code of Ethics Part 1: Professional Relationships 0.5
ERC23005 Code of Ethics Part 2: Mental Health Awareness 0.5
HWB22004 Dealing with Death: Crisis Communication 2
PIB22001 From Extra to Essential: Family Engagement in Arkansas Schools 2
TCC22011 SMACtalk for Teachers: Establishing an Online Presence 0.5
TCC22012 SMACtalk for Teachers: Online Dangers 1
TCC22013 SMACtalk for Teachers: Unplugging 0.5
TCC22014 SMACtalk for Teachers: Digital Learning Unit 0.5
LinkedIn Learning Course Choices Learning to Teach Online (46 min)
Learning How to Increase Learner Engagement (41 min)
Enhancing Your Productivity (45 min)
Leading In Every Direction (43 min)
Teaching Civility in the Workplace (43 min)

Course Highlight

TLC22002 - Closing the Empathy Gap

Closing the Empathy Gap brings to the forefront the vision of Susanna Post, 2021 Arkansas Teacher of the Year. Through her experience of teaching in alternative learning classrooms, she realized something important was missing. She began to understand that her students' life experiences were very different from her own, and she was unable to empathize to some degree. She began to suspect this was happening in every classroom across the country. Mrs. Post understood that these gaps were unintentional and built a platform on the desire to close those empathy gaps.

Arkansas has the highest rate of traumatic adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in the country, so it made sense to start here in Arkansas. Through this course, you will follow her journey, learn about the brain science behind her claims, listen as other Arkansas Teachers of the Year and one Missouri Teacher of the Year discuss how empathy impacts their own classrooms, and watch one student's journey as he learns that empathy also comes with high expectations.

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What is ArkansasIDEAS?
ArkansasIDEAS (Internet Delivered Education for Arkansas Schools) is a partnership between Arkansas PBS and the Arkansas Department of Education, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education, to provide online, statewide professional development resources and courses for K-12 Arkansas educators.

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The purpose of ArkansasIDEAS is to improve teacher quality as a means to increase student achievement. Every project pursued by our team is designed to impact student learning through educator training.

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