2019 Arkansas Declaration of Learning Application
Deadline: Applications close at 11:59 p.m. CT on February 10, 2019. Applicants will be notified of their selection by March 22, 2019.

NOTE: Please note that partial applications cannot be saved. Applications must be completed and submitted in one sitting.

Applications are now open for the prestigious Arkansas Declaration of Learning (ADOL) program. Forty Arkansas teachers and school librarians will have the opportunity to create innovative lessons and educational activities that bring history, art, and English language arts to life using historic objects and art from the Declaration of Learning partners. The goal of these lessons is to engage students in active learning and civic engagement projects that teach the importance of civic engagement and responsibility in civic life at the national, state, and local level.

To qualify, educators must:
● work with 4th through 12th grade students as school librarians or as teachers of social studies, the visual or performing arts or English language arts
● commit to developing a teaching unit and civic engagement activity integrating historic objects and art.

Educators from different disciplines within the same school are encouraged to apply and, if selected, can collaborate on units and projects. Educators who work with students or communities that represent Arkansas’ diverse, underserved or underrepresented populations (based on racial, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation, socio-economic regional, rural/urban or special learning needs) are encouraged to apply.

Arkansas is the first state selected to participate in the national Declaration of Learning, and will serve as a model for the rest of the nation. Selected educators will receive training on using historic objects and art from the national museum partner, the U.S. Department of State's Diplomatic Reception Rooms, and the state partners: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, William J. Clinton Presidential Library, Clinton Presidential Center, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in coordination with the Arkansas Department of Education.

Each participant will be responsible for creating and testing dynamic lessons using objects from the Diplomatic Reception Rooms, the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, the William J. Clinton Presidential Library, Clinton Presidential Center and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Participants must attend a 4 ½ day Summit in Little Rock, June 10 - 14, 2019 and make a year-long commitment to:

● develop a unit overview with daily lesson plans using objects from the ADOL partners;
● integrate the ADOL lesson plans with subject matter themes and course curriculum;
● submit the unit overview and daily lessons before beginning the school year;
● submit revised copies of the unit overview and daily lessons by the end of the fall semester;
● continue to test and refine the unit and lessons throughout the 2019-2020 school year;
● oversee a student civic engagement activity;
● meet with regional team in person twice during the school year and participate in several conference calls;
● submit revised copies of the unit overview and daily lessons by the end of the spring semester;
● submit final copies of the unit/daily plans by the end of the school year;
● attend and share results at the year-end celebration; and
● share work with other educators throughout the country

All participants will receive 30 hours of professional development for completion of the summer training. A stipend will be provided in installments as required work is completed.

This project requires a commitment of time throughout the summer and school year; please only apply if you are willing to complete the entire project.

Please complete all information, or your application will not be considered. Thank you!

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. CT on February 10, 2019. Please fill out all requested information. Only completed applications will be considered. Any questions, please contact Cassandra.barnett@arkansas.gov

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