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Arkansas PBS plans storytelling workshops for educators

Participants to explore ‘PBS American Portrait’ classroom opportunities; professional development credit to be awarded

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Arkansas PBS invites educators to participate in the free virtual workshop “Promoting Virtual Engagement Through Storytelling With American Portrait,” which explores how the national storytelling project “PBS American Portrait” can promote positive learning outcomes. Educators will earn one hour of professional development credit, and 15 participants will receive a classroom webcam package.

Educators have two opportunities to complete the workshop: Tuesday, March 9, at 4 p.m. or Saturday, March 13, at 9 a.m. Registration is required at myarpbs.org/americanportrait. Participants who complete the workshop will receive one hour of free professional development credit and a thank you gift, and 15 participants will be drawn at random to receive a classroom package including a webcam and lighting kit.

“PBS American Portrait” is an ongoing initiative that gives individuals all over the country a communal space to share their own stories and explore the thoughts and feelings of their fellow Americans. This webinar will examine the purpose of the initiative, as well as share methods for using “American Portrait” to practice social-emotional skills, expand media literacy, and hone speaking and listening skills.

More information about “PBS American Portrait” is available at myarpbs.org/americanportrait. Viewers may join and follow the conversation at #AmericanPortraitPBS on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to view the thousands of stories already submitted. Arkansans who have recently participated in the project include Marion of Little Rock responding to “Looking ahead, I …,” Tyrell of Fayetteville responding to “Family looks like …” and Tristen of Pine Bluff responding to “The tradition I carry on …,” among several others.

Launched in January 2020, “PBS American Portrait,” a national storytelling project aligned with PBS’s 50th anniversary celebration, is the organization’s most ambitious multi-platform project in its history. Leveraging the local reach of PBS through its member stations, “PBS American Portrait” presents a mosaic of the country’s diversity by connecting tens of thousands of people across the country, creating a communal voice through individual stories of joy, hardship, triumphs and sorrow. Participants tell and share their own stories, and see the stories shared by a wide panorama of Americans, united by a series of prompts, including: “I was raised to believe…,” “The tradition I carry on is…,” “What keeps me up at night is…,” “When I step outside my door…” and “Most days I feel…”

Target is a major funder and national promotional partner for “PBS American Portrait.” Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Anne Ray Foundation.

Arkansas PBS, Arkansas’s only statewide public media network, enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. Arkansas PBS delivers daily, essential, local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers through multiple digital platforms, including live-streaming at myarkansaspbs.org/watch, on-demand services and YouTube TV, and the distinct channels Arkansas PBS, Arkansas PBS Create, Arkansas PBS KIDS, Arkansas PBS WORLD and Arkansas PBS AIRS on SAP. Members with Arkansas PBS Passport have extended on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. Arkansas PBS depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at myarkansaspbs.org. Arkansas PBS is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).

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