(Little Rock, Ark.) -- Two Pulaski County Special School District teachers were selected to participate in the Arkansas Declaration of Learning (ADOL) program through the Arkansas Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State.
Laura Clark, Gifted & Talented teacher at Lawson Elementary School and Melissa Moore, English language arts teacher at Sylvan Hills High School, will participate in the prestigious Arkansas Declaration of Learning program during the 2019-20 academic year. According to the U.S. Department of State, their selection indicates the high level of teaching and learning that occurs at Lawson Elementary School and Sylvan Hills High School.
Clark and Moore recently attended a week-long intensive training led by state and national partners where they received 30 hours of professional development credit from the Arkansas Department of Education. During the training, participants learned to use historic art and objects in their classroom and school libraries to bring the subjects they teach to life. They also began developing a unit and civic engagement project.
“I am very excited to represent PCSSD in the Declaration of Learning program and have been hard at work on my unit and civic engagement plan,” says Moore. “As the program is designed to increase the comprehension and engagement of students, I will also be sharing these strategies with my colleagues in hopes to advance all the students within my school.”
Through the DOL program, teachers will have an opportunity to prepare students for college, career, and community engagement. They will develop and test dynamic units and lesson plans – and launch a civic engagement project – that helps engage students in active learning.
“I am beyond humbled and thrilled to be selected for such an outstanding program,” says Clark. “Lawson will partner with another school and the Little Rock City Zoo to “Bridge the Gap” in order to boost equity among our community, build strong and lasting partnerships among stakeholders, as well as educate and promote empathy for all community members in our schools, district, town, and state.”
bout Declaration of Learning Program
The Declaration of Learning program was formed in 2013 as part of an inter-agency educational initiative that began when representatives from 12 national organizations signed the “Declaration of Learning.” This declaration pledged that these organizations would work with state and local partners to create learning tools for educators and students in middle and secondary education.