Education Resources

Arkansas Declaration of Learning

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies is pleased to announce that applications are now open for Year Two of the prestigious Arkansas Declaration of Learning program.

Twelve prestigious national organizations have made a commitment to work with teachers and school librarians to create lesson plans, activities, and teaching tools that bring history to life through historic art and objects. Arkansas is the first state in the country to participate in this national program, which is led by the U.S. Department of State's Diplomatic Reception Rooms in partnership with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, and the Arkansas Department of Education. This program is now in its second year.

The ADOL team will be teaching and coaching teachers and school librarians on new and unique ways to explore civic engagement in their specific classrooms. Teachers who participate in the program will: (1) receive instruction on teaching with works of art, historic objects, and primary documents, (2) return to school with resources and an understanding of how objects can be integrated into their curriculum, and 3) earn recognition for their contribution to the ADOL national initiative.

More details can be found on the application here »

Note: Deadline for application is 11:59 p.m. CT on April 1, 2016. This deadline has been extended from the original date of March 29.

For more information, contact: George West, Education Outreach Coordinator, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

The ADOL program is sponsored in part by a grant from the Bridge Fund Endowment at the Arkansas Community Foundation.

Arkansas History Hub

The mission of the Arkansas History Hub is to improve the quality of Arkansas history education across the state by providing comprehensive access to online resources, as well as facilitating the open exchange of ideas and materials between teachers, institutions and history professionals. Visit Arkansas History Hub.

Arkansas History Lesson Plans

The Arkansas History Lesson Plans were written by Arkansas teachers for Arkansas teachers. These may be downloaded and used in Arkansas classrooms free of charge. Many of our lesson plans contain information related to entries found on the online Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. Links to these entries have been added to the appropriate lesson plans for your convenience. View the lesson plans »

BASE (Books for Arkansas Students' Education)

BASE, Books for Arkansas Students' Education, is an innovative program to provide free books about Arkansas's natural, cultural, and political history to public high schools across the state. Go to the BASE website »

Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture

The Encyclopedia of Arkansas is a free, authoritative source of information about the rich history, geography, and culture of Arkansas. We invite you to browse our text entries and media galleries to learn more about the people, places, events, legends, and lore of the 25th state. We are continually adding new entries, photographs, maps, videos, and audio files, so check back frequently to see what's new. Go to the Encylopedia of Arkansas website »

Words That Matter: Pulitzer Prize Authors with Arkansas Connections

2016 Summer Seminar for Arkansas Teachers

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies will hold its 5th annual summer seminar for Arkansas teachers on June 9-10, 2016. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize, participants will explore the work of the dozen-plus Arkansas authors awarded and nominated for Pulitzer Prizes. Teachers will leave with starter kits for lesson plans, including passages by the authors, related historical documents, plus samples of projects their students can produce and share as teaching resources for other classrooms. For more information on how to pre-register for this free training event, which is sponsored in part by the Arkansas Humanities Council and its Pulitzer Centennial initiative, email and click here for the list of Arkansas's Pulitzer Prize authors and links to EOA entries.