Johnny Key

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Arkansas Declaration of Learning Program

Arkansas Declaration of Learning Year 1 Participants

The Arkansas Department of Education announces the launch of the third year of the Arkansas Declaration of Learning program. The program works collaboratively with teachers and school librarians teaching 7th-12th grade students in the fields of art, English language arts, and social studies to develop innovative curriculum that brings history to life and shares the importance of civic engagement with students.

Teachers work with historic art and objects from national and state partners to develop innovative lessons for their classroom and school libraries that inspire student learning. Objects and art selected for the program are used to tell national and state-based stories that vibrantly illustrate how our nation valued civic engagement early on, and the importance of this continued focus today. Arkansas is the first state to participate in this national program.

This innovative public-private partnership, launched in 2015, is conducted by the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms in partnership with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and the Arkansas Department of Education.

To learn more about the program, please view:

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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