Arkansas Declaration of Learning Program

Arkansas Declaration of Learning Program participants

Above: 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.

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The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is launching the seventh 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, Division of Arkansas Heritage, and the William J. Clinton Presidential Library. At a five-day summer workshop from June 13-17, 2022, 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 2023.

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.

More ADOL Information

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, 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