Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

Alternative Methods of Instruction

Arkansas PBS website:

To begin home-based instruction, visit the Arkansas PBS website at the link above.

Use the resources and grade-appropriate AMI Learning Guides (Guías AMI de Aprendizaje de Arkansas) on this page.

Arkansas AMI 

The Division of Secondary and Elementary Education and Arkansas PBS have partnered to support teachers, families, and students by providing Arkansas AMI Learning Guides associated with PBS educational programming. Beginning March 30, Arkansas PBS will alter its regular television programming to provide age-appropriate educational content for three specific grade bands (PK-2, 3-5, 6-8). The Arkansas AMI Learning Guides have been developed to support home-based instruction in association with the PBS educational television programs to promote activities that students and families may use to practice existing skills, learn new topics, and interact with one another in a meaningful way.

Watch the AMI Arkansas Video

The following is an informational video for school districts regarding Alternate Methods of Instruction for extended learning days due to COVID-19.

Watch the Distance Learning Video

This video for school districts outlines considerations for distance learning options:

AMI Learning Guides and Resources

District and Teacher Learning Guides and Resources (Google Folder) or access the PDFs below.
Arkansas PBS 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Grades PK-2 Week 1 (PDF in English)

Grades PK-2 Week 2 (PDF in English) 

Arkansas PBS 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.

Grades 3-5 Week 1 (PDF in English)

Grades 3-5 Week 2 (PDF in English)

Arkansas PBS 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Grades 6-8 Week 1 (PDF in English)

Grades 6-8 Week 2 (PDF in English)

Arkansas PBS 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Grades PK-2 Week 1 (PDF en español) 

Grades PK-2 Week 2 (PDF en español)

Arkansas PBS 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.

Grades 3-5 Week 1 (PDF en español)

Grades 3-5 Week 2 (PDF en español)

Arkansas PBS 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Grades 6-8 Week 1 (PDF en español)

Grades 6-8 Week 2 (PDF en español)

Options for High School AMI

For guidance regarding high school AMI, please go to Continuing Education for Arkansas (AMI).

AMI Resources for Computer Science

CS AMI resources for all: 
Internet resources for families:

Parent Online Resources for Students

For a variety of online resources, please visit and Continuing the Learning at Home.

AMI Hotline

Questions? Call the AMI Hotline at 1-833-353-6050.

Tune in to Arkansas PBS

Tune in to Arkansas PBS to watch Arkansas Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) over the air or through your cable or satellite provider. You can find out how to watch at
Daytime Broadcast:
Arkansas AMI
8 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • KAFT-Channel 13 (Northwest AR)
  • KEMV-Channel 6 (North Central AR)
  • KTEJ-Channel 19 (Northeast AR)
  • KETS-Channel 2 (Central AR)
  • KETG-Channel 9 (Southwest AR)
  • KETZ-Channel 12 (Southeast AR)

Help Desk Support

Having trouble getting the shows on your TV? Technical staff are available to help.
Need help with the lessons? Educators are available during the daytime broadcast.
Additional Television Reception Tips:
Missed the live broadcast?
The AMI instructional content and shows will be available online after 4 p.m. of the same day of broadcast. To connect to the website, go to

Tutorial for Teachers: How to View Student Parental Contacts

studentGPS is a quick way to view parental contact information. Here are 5 easy steps to gain access to the information:: Student Parental Contacts Tutorial (PDF).

Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI)

Act 862 of 2017 allows a public school district and open-enrollment public charter school to develop a plan for alternative methods of instruction to be used on days when the superintendent closes school due to exceptional or emergency circumstances.  As stated in the legislation, the Commissioner of Education may grant up to the equivalent of ten (10) student attendance days for public school districts that have an alternative instruction plan approved by the commissioner for the use of alternative methods of instruction, including without limitation virtual learning, on days when the public school district is closed due to exceptional or emergency circumstances such as: a contagious disease outbreak, inclement weather, or other acts of God; or a utility outage. The public school district’s alternative instruction plan shall demonstrate how teaching and learning in the public school district will not be negatively impacted by the use of alternative methods of instruction.

This initial application is for five (5) AMI days. Additional AMI days (up to a total of ten (10) per school year) may be requested by submitting a letter of amendment explaining the exceptional or emergency circumstances to

Submission Instructions:

  • Complete the AMI Application for the current year to submit the details of your plan.
  • E-mail completed applications to
  • The deadline for applications to be submitted is May 1, 2020.
  • Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received.  Incomplete or partial applications will not be reviewed.
  • Notification of status will be sent via email to the superintendent at the address provided on the application.
  • Approval is granted for the current school year only. Applications must be renewed annually.

2019-2020 Alternative Methods of Instruction

Examples of 2019-2020 Approved Applications

For more information, please contact:

Tracy Webb, Coordinator of Systems Support and Monitoring
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Public School Accountability
Four Capitol Mall, Box 26
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone: 501-683-0737

State Standards

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