Two Bryant School educators were recognized by Governor Hutchinson for their accomplishments in the Arkansas Declaration of Learning state and national program. Marcia Lanier, library media specialist at Bryant High School, and Dale Seal, a visual art teacher at Bryant Middle School, were two of seven educators who mentored participants in the third year of this prestigious program. The program uses historic art and objects from state and national museums and libraries to develop innovative lesson plans centered around civic engagement.
Because of their dedication to the program during the 2017-18 school year, Lanier and Seal were recognized by Governor Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas Department of Education on June 29 at the Clinton Presidential Center.
“I have been involved with ADOL since its inception four years ago and have mentored the last three years,” said Lanier. “Without a doubt, I have seen this program come to full fruition as a model to improve teaching and learning through the power of art and artifacts. This year students were able to become involved and realize the impact that civic engagement has on their community. From sixth graders finding pertinent information for the homeless, to ninth graders who researched areas of need in their community and acted upon that research, to seniors who
promoted through performance and art the 60th anniversary of the Little Rock 9 during the Central High School Desegregation Crisis, students and communities were impacted in a positive way,” Lanier said.
“My experience as an ADOL Year 3 mentor is invaluable as I have developed a deeper understanding of how shared content is approached from the viewpoints of multiple disciplines, and to what degree connected content enhances learning for students,” said Seal. “The teachers in my regional team and I have formed enduring relationships both on the personal and professional levels and I am confident that we will continue to support each other through the sharing of ideas, resources, and successful teaching experiences,” said Seal.
The Declaration of Learning program was formed in 2013 as part of an inter-agency educational initiative that began when representatives from 13 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. Arkansas is the first state to participate in the program.