Johnny Key

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Arkansas Declaration of Learning Program

Above: Year 4 participants in the Arkansas Declaration of Learning program, which is a first-in-the-nation public-private partnership in which teachers and librarians create units and lesson plans featuring historical objects and art from state and national museum partners.

The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has launched the fifth year of the Arkansas Declaration of Learning program. This prestigious program is open to Arkansas school librarians and teachers of English language arts, fine arts, and social studies in grades 4-12.

Selected participants will learn about historic art, objects, and resources from the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Clinton Foundation, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms, and the William J. Clinton Presidential Library. At a summer workshop in Little Rock from June 10-14, 2019, participants will work with representatives from these organizations and DESE to develop innovative units and lesson plans. Inspired by historic objects and artwork, educators will also develop a student-led, teacher directed civic engagement project that addresses an issue in their community, state, nation, or world.  

More than 6,000 Arkansas students have benefited from the Arkansas Declaration of Learning program. “When you give students the chance to address real issues in history and in their community today, and you give them the historical art and artifacts to analyze, and the skills to think their way to their own conclusions, your students will rise to the challenge. They want to think about things that matter and say what matters to them,” said ADOL participant and Bryant High School librarian Marcia Lanier.

Application Information

Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will open January 2020. If you wish to be notified when applications are open, please email and include your name, name of school, city, subject and grade level.

More ADOL Information

Additional Information about the Arkansas Declaration of Learning program:

Learn what teachers and partners are saying about the ADOL program by watching the following videos. More are available on ADOL Videos.

The Experiences of Muliple Teachers What is Unique About ADOL?

For more information about the program, click on the image below or go to Arkansas Declaration of Learning flyer.

To learn more about the Arkansas Declaration of Learning program and its impact in local classrooms, view the "Bringing History to Life" video.

For a brochure, click the image below or go to the Diplomatic Reception Rooms brochure.

brochure from the Diplomatic Reception Rooms

For more information, please contact:

Cassandra Barnett, Library Media Specialist
Curriculum Support
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 202-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-6576

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