DESE Podcasts

The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education offers podcasts on a variety of topics to encourage listeners to think and grow. Check them out:

Arkansas AWARE Podcast

Arkansas AWARE is a project to advance wellness and resiliency in education. The goal is to support districts in efforts to provide mental health care awareness and trauma informed practices. To learn more, listen to the podcast:




Arkansas 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC)

The Arkansas 21st CCLC podcast is a quarterly podcast that communicates important program announcements as well as highlights successful 21st CCLC sites around the state. To learn more, listen to the podcast:


Fine Arts in Arkansas: Spotlights

Fine Arts in Arkansas: Spotlights is a monthly interview series featuring phenomenal students and teachers of dance, music, theatre, and visual art from all corners of Arkansas. It aims to recognize Arkansas educators and students of the arts, build a statewide fine arts community, and identify examples of the Division of Learning Service’s vision for teaching and learning in the field: actively literate, critical thinkers, and community engaged. To learn more, listen to the podcast:


G.U.I.D.E. for Life Podcast

The G.U.I.D.E. for Life program, with the support of Arkansas counselors and educators, is designed to give K-12 students a plan – five guiding principles – that they can follow to achieve personal success: Growth (manage yourself). Understanding (know yourself). Interaction (build relationships). Decisions (make responsible choices), Empathy (be aware of others). To learn more, listen to the podcast:




SMACtalk for Teachers Podcast

SMACtalk for Teachers is designed to aid teachers in the practice and promotion of online safety and security. This webpage features our SMACtalk for Teachers Podcast and other useful links. Our podcast will feature an interview with a new special guest every month for each SMACtalk theme. To learn more, listen to the podcast:




The Well-Rounded Educator Podcast

2020 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Joel Lookadoo launched the Well-Rounded Educator podcast that looks to serve the whole educator. For student learning to be at a high level, educators must daily be at their best and always improving. Join Joel and his guests as they have intriguing discussions on topics that help all teachers grow into becoming well-rounded educators.