Season Two of ‘Rise and Shine’ begins today

CONWAY — Season Two of “Rise and Shine,” an extensive educational program designed to boost summer learning and offer K-5 students an engaging way to gain academic knowledge between school years, will kick off Tuesday, July 5, on Arkansas PBS. The six-week program airing weekdays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and livestreaming at, will feature lessons grounded in Arkansas academic standards and led by Arkansas teachers to reinforce learning in literacy, math, science and social studies. 

Season Two of “Rise and Shine,” a partnership of Arkansas PBS and the Arkansas Department of Education, will consist of national PBS KIDS educational programming, as well as more than 90 hours of high-quality, predominantly locally produced programming and resources available at no cost to families. The over-the-air broadcast of “Rise and Shine” will help fill the void for students who do not have internet access outside of school. The full schedule for week one – including hand-picked PBS KIDS episodes, teacher segments and more – can be found at

The six-week series will connect students with mini-lessons led by the following Arkansas Teachers of the Year:

  • Jessica Saum, 2022 Arkansas Teacher of the Year.
  • Susanna Post, 2021 Arkansas Teacher of the Year.
  • Joel Lookadoo, 2020 Arkansas Teacher of the Year.
  • Stacey McAdoo, 2019 Arkansas Teacher of the Year.
  • Randi House, 2018 Arkansas Teacher of the Year.
  • Courtney Cochran, 2017 Arkansas Teacher of the Year.
  • Meghan Ables, 2016 Arkansas Teacher of the Year.

Additionally, two new guest teachers – Trey Suskie and Lady Molina – will host special segments.

Each weekday students will be taken on a virtual field trip with partners across the state. Field trips for week one will include:

Other special segments throughout the week will include science with “Wendy Weather Balloon”; nutrition information with “Zach Lunch”; Steve the Music Man music videos; “When I was a 3rd Grader” animated shorts; and a new segment “Spelling B’s with Benji and Bart.”

In addition to broadcasts, the programming will be available on-demand through streaming devices, the Engage Arkansas PBS app and on the Arkansas PBS website. A robust community outreach component will localize the effort in all counties. More information is available at

Families and organizations are encouraged to download “Rise and Shine” Power Packets – free summer learning activity kits that follow along with the series – to help extend learning beyond the broadcast. Power Packets are available in English and Spanish and can be downloaded at