Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Library Media Services

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.

Arkansas Declaration of Learning Program


The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) is pleased to announce the fourth 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 7-12.

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 and during the 2018-19 school year, participants will work with representatives from these organizations and ADE to develop innovative units and lesson plans. Using historic objects and artwork, educators will also develop a student civic engagement project that addresses an issue in the 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.

Educators interested in participating must apply by 11:59 p.m. Feb. 25, 2018. Travel stipends and professional development credit will be provided. To apply, please visit

To access the Arkansas Declaration of Learning flyer, click on the image below.

To learn more about the Diplomatic Reception Rooms and the Declaration of Learning program, please view the "Bringing History to Life" video at To access the Diplomatic Reception Rooms brochure, click on the image below.

brochure from the Diplomatic Reception Rooms

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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