Science Instructional Specialist (K-12)
Wilbur D. Mills Education Service Cooperative
The goal of WDMESC Science Program is to provide and enrich the curriculum base, content
knowledge, and teaching strategies of science teachers. This will be accomplished by providing
valuable teaching tools and access to technology.
Provide professional development opportunities for classroom teachers and administrators.
Collaborate with the Arkansas Department of Education in school improvement efforts.
Coordinate services provided by WDMESC with Math/Science Centers whenever possible.
Be a continuing resource for science and technology materials.
Support the standards set forth by and outlined in the Arkansas Frameworks, Benchmarks,
and National Science Education Standards.
Promote quality science education.
Coach, model, and assist individual teachers and schools in classroom instruction, curriculum
alignment, and assessment strategies.
Examples of Professional Development and Assistance provided by WDMESC:
Performance assessments and assessment styles
Professional development designed for individual schools and teachers
Preparing and using rubrics
Training in laboratory procedures
Providing hands-on activities that foster problem-solving, curriculum development,
critical and creative thinking and alignment
Assisting in incorporating appropriate technology into the classroom curriculum
The goal of a K-12 Science Program:
Includes Science in every grade.
Should be a sequential program.
Enriches the skills of problem solving, critical and creative thinking by using hands-on activities.
Encourages and actively engages students in all aspects of science.
Correlates with real-world experiences and situations.
Incorporates appropriate technology.
2010-2011 Dates to Remember:
January 25-26 - Mid year EOC Biology
March 18 - Alternate Portfolios Due
April 11-15 - Benchmark test grades 3-8
April 26-27 - EOC Biology