Johnny Key

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Arkansas Declaration of Learning Program

Above: Year 3 participants (and ADE staff) 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 Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) has launched 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 6-12.

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.

For more information about the program, click on the image below or go to Arkansas Declaration of Learning flyer.

To learn more about the Arkansas Declaration of Learning Program and its impact in local classrooms, please view the "Bringing History to Life" video at To learn more about the Diplomatic Reception Rooms and the Declaration of Learning program, view the extended "Bringing History to Life" video at

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
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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