Education

Courtesy / Tammy Rowland

Certain licensed home-based daycares, as well as childcare centers in Northwest Arkansas have permanently shut down due to the pandemic, but most continue to operate under strict COVID-19 state directives. We talk with the administrator of the NWA Family Child Care Association, as well as the founding director of Child Care Aware of Northwest Arkansas about how they and families are coping.

Pandemic Changes How Teachers, Students Prepare for AP Exams

May 27, 2020

Advanced Placement tests are exams offered in the U.S. by the College Board that give high school students the opportunity to earn college credit. This year, the exams are being offered online because of the coronavirus pandemic. Teachers and a student from Rogers Public Schools share what it's been like preparing virtually for the time.

As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, Bentonville School District will open its virtual learning program to all students come August when schools are expecting to resume in-person instruction. The district already offered virtual learning to students grades five through 12 for a couple of years, but it will expand the program to students in grades K through four.

To make sure their graduating seniors know they're appreciated, the Springdale School District will share special video tributes to them. Business owners, community members and elected officials share their thoughts for each of the district's high school gradutating classes.

Apple Seeds, a nonprofit based in Fayetteville, connects young people to food and nutrititon. Tomorrow morning, they'll deliver their "Cooking in the Schools" program to Arkansas school children on Arkansas PBS.

Courtesy / Arkansas PBS

With Arkansas school buildings closed because of the coronavirus outbreak, state education officials and Arkansas PBS are partnering to bring lessons to students' homes. The Alternative Methods of Instruction program, which provides packets of material for students to work on at home, was originally intended to be a short-term solution for situations like snow days. In part two of his report, KUAR's Michael Hibblen speaks with educators about the effectiveness of the state's AMI program.

Courtesy / Arkansas PBS

With Arkansas school buildings closed because of the coronavirus outbreak, state education officials and Arkansas PBS are partnering to bring lessons to students' homes. The Alternative Methods of Instruction program, which provides packets of material for students to work on at home, was originally intended to be a short-term solution for situations like snow days. In part one, KUAR's Michael Hibblen takes a look at how AMI grew into five hours of daily programming on Arkansas PBS geared toward pre-K to eighth grade students that can be watch on TV or online.

The Fayetteville Public Education Foundation is going ahead with the 20th Celebration of Excellence. While it will be a virtual event held on Facebook Live, there will still be an emcee and a meal.

Courtesy / Sam Fischer

Every day this week on Ozarks at Large, we will be airing conversations with local seniors about what it's been like to finish high school during the coronavirus pandemic. All of them will be wrapping up the year distance learning and many won't get to experience the traditions of prom and graduation. Today, we speak with Sam Fischer, who attends Fayetteville High School.

Courtesy / Cerise Stanley

Every day this week on Ozarks at Large, we will be airing conversations with local seniors about what it's been like to finish high school during the coronavirus pandemic. All of them will be wrapping up the year distance learning and many won't get to experience the traditions of prom and graduation. Today, we speak with Cerise Stanley, who attends Bentonville High School.

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