Johnny Key

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Arkansas Declaration of Learning Program

Arkansas Declaration of Learning Year 1 Participants

ADE is accepting applications for year three of the Arkansas Declaration of Learning program. Arkansas was selected in early 2015 as a pilot state for this national program. So far, 54 Arkansas teachers and school librarians have had the opportunity to work with historical artifacts and art to develop lessons that lead our students to connect these objects with civic engagement.

The program is a partnership with ADE, the U.S. Department of State Diplomatic Reception Rooms, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the William J. Clinton Presidential Center. 

Selected educators who teach grades seven through 12 social studies, English language arts and fine arts, as well as school librarians, will create and test a dynamic lesson using historic objects and art. The lessons are designed to engage students in active learning and projects that teach the importance of stewardship and civic responsibilities. 

Teachers and school librarians will also receive three days of training in June at the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies and the William J. Clinton Presidential Center. Participants’ travel expenses will be covered through a stipend. Those selected must be willing to share their work with other educators throughout the country.

The application process is open from Feb. 17, 2017 to 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2017. Applications can be found at

To learn more about the program, please view the following resources:

Arkansas Declaration of Learning Flyer (PDF)
Arkansas Declaration of Learning Slide Show(PDF)
Benton Middle School Arkansas Declaration of Learning Documentary: 

Lifelong learning begins and is systematically developed through the school library curriculum of Arkansas elementary and secondary schools. The school library program contributes to the individual growth and development of all students while fostering both excellence and equity in education. School librarians dedicate themselves to working for quality library programs for all students.

For more information, please contact:

Cassandra Barnett, Library Media Specialist
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Learning Services
Four Capitol Mall, Room 202-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-6576

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