Shepperd Selected for AR Declaration of Learning

Shepperd Selected for AR Declaration of Learning
Posted on 03/25/2019
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Langston Media Specialist Mrs. Julienne Shepperd has been selected to serve in the prestigious  Arkansas Declaration of Learning program by the Arkansas Department of Education. Arkansas Declaration of Learning 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. Because of her participation, the HSSD will benefit from the development of new curriculum and enjoy access to traveling exhibits.

Participants in Arkansas Declaration of Learning 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 in Little Rock from June 10-14, participants will work with representatives from these organizations and ADE to develop innovative units and lesson plans.  Most other work will be completed remotely as participants refine units and lesson plans based on presentations to students. Langston students will therefore be part of experiencing brand new curriculum and shaping how it evolves into statewide planning offerings. Exhibits will be planned by this group to provide art, artifacts and other historic resources from Arkansas cultural centers and museums to the Langston Library and other participating elementary media centers across the state.

“I am honored to have been chosen for this program. Opportunities like these not only keep us sharp as professionals, they help to bring unique experiences to our students in their own schools,” says Mrs. Shepperd. “They get to see and learn about our culture and history through artifacts that they might never get to see on their own. Because of this program we have a unique way to make a lasting impact on our students. As a librarian, that also pleases me because it helps me build excitement about reading and create more ways to develop interest in building literacy skills.”

Arkansas Declaration of Learning is a three-year program open to Arkansas school librarians and teachers of English language arts, fine arts, and social studies in grades 4-12. The application period closes each year in early February. The program was established five years ago. Find details and an application link, here.

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