Lori Curtis, head librarian at The Baptist Preparatory School, recently completed the year-long Arkansas Declaration of Learning Program. The program provides participating educators the opportunity to use historic art and objects to develop innovative lesson plans for classroom learning and civic engagement projects.
Arkansas is the first state in the nation to participate in the Declaration of Learning program. Partners include the Arkansas Department of Education, Clinton Foundation, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Central Arkansas Library System’s Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, William J. Clinton Presidential Library, and the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms.
“The Arkansas Declaration of Learning program provided me with resources and materials to develop and utilize quality information literacy instruction through the teaching of art, historical documents and artifacts,” said Curtis. “My ADOL lessons allowed me to create comprehensive research activities and projects that I can use to develop responsible and ethical users of information. It was a rewarding professional development project in which I was honored to participate. I will continually utilize the objectives and lessons developed as I strive to provide the best instructional experiences for students!”