Arkansas Declaration of Learning Program

Arkansas Declaration of Learning Program participants
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) is launching the sixth year of the Arkansas Declaration of Learning program. This prestigious program is open to Arkansas school librarians and teachers of English language arts, arts, social studies, ELs, special education, and gifted and talented in grades 4-12.

Selected participants will learn about historic art, objects, and resources from the 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 five-day summer workshop in Little Rock from June 15-19, 2020, participants will work with representatives from these organizations and DESE to develop innovative units and lesson plans. Inspired by historic objects, artwork and special site visits, educators will develop a student-led, teacher directed civic engagement project that addresses an issue in their community, state, nation, or world.   

Throughout the following school year, participants will test and refine their unit and execute the civic engagement project.  Participants will be mentored throughout the one-year program and receive a stipend as program goals are met.  Finally, there will be a culminating celebration event in summer 2021.

To date, more than 18,000 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 former participant, current mentor, and Bryant High School librarian Marcia Lanier..

Application Information

In order to attend, you must apply as space is limited. Applications open Friday, January 3, 2020 and close Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 11:59 PM CT.  To apply, please complete the application at

More ADOL Information

Additional Information about the Arkansas Declaration of Learning program:

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

Sue Anne McCoyPam Lock
Favorite Part of the ADOL SummitImpact of Object-Based Learning
Jessica BrownSharmane Evans
Civic Engagement Project (Short Film)Impact of the ADOL Program

For more information about the program, click on the images below or visit Arkansas Declaration of Learning flyer and ADOL FAQs.

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 303-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-6576