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, including LDC and MDC.
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 Science Standards 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
Picture Perfect Science
Science and Literacy
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
TESS/CWT/Novice Teacher Support
STEM/Engineering for Science Students
THE GOAL OF A K-12 SCIENCE PROGRAM
Includes Science in every grade.
Phenomena based, 3 dimensional teaching and learning.
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.