Content Specialists

Content Specialists work directly with teachers and administrators to create interactive, engaging, and personalized curriculum and instruction based on Arkansas Learning Standards. They support schools by conducting model lessons, providing relevant professional learning, assisting with student academic intervention responses, researching best practices, locating resources, providing up-to-date information, and supporting new teachers to the content area profession. The support offered by the ARESC content specialists is shaped by the Arkansas Department of Education and tailored to the needs of each district, school, teacher, and student.  

Career & Technical Education

Kelli Cypert

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The Career & Technical Education (CTE) Program assists area school districts in increasing and improving career awareness and workforce opportunities for all students. ARESC provides supporting resources, through the CTE Coordinator, to enable public schools to initiate and maintain quality Career & Technical education programs. 

The CTE Coordinator encourages the development, implementation, and improvement of CTE programs for all districts in the cooperative service delivery area through the following services:

 

CTE Assessment Data Collection & Reporting

CTE Assessment Report Data Disaggregation

 

Evaluation of CTE Programs

ACE Technical Assistance Visits – Preparation, Attendance & Follow-up

Teacher Information System Portal – Review & Follow-up

 

CTE Technical Assistance

Professional Development Scheduling

New CTE Instructor Assistance with Resources

Policies & Procedures Interpretation

Resource Distribution

CTE Initiatives Support

Career Clusters/Pathways/Programs of Study

Curriculum Frameworks

End-of-Course Competency Testing

Data Analysis for ADE Student Assessments

Curriculum Support for Academic Attainment of CTE Students including LDC/MDC

Carl D. Perkins Consortia Administration/Assistance for Participating Districts

Annual Application Preparation & Submission

Budget Management

Implementation of Perkins Mandates

Completer Reports

Placement Reports

Certification Report Analysis and Review

 

Gifted & Talented

Bill Shelly

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The purpose of the Gifted and Talented program at Arkansas River ESC is to:

  • Ensure quality programming and services for identified Gifted K-12 students attending regional school districts.

  • Support rigorous Advanced Placement programs in regional K-12 school districts.

  • Encourage high levels of rigor and expectation for all K-12 students in regional school districts.

  • Work with local and state agencies to promote and expand Gifted services and rigorous instruction across the state.

 

Literacy SpecialistS

Elizabeth Hardin

K-2 Literacy Specialist

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Vonda Taylor

7-12 Literacy Specialist

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Kelly Stone

3-6 Literacy Specialist

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Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative (ARESC) seeks to promote literacy achievement for all adolescent students by supporting teachers and providing professional learning opportunities focused on literacy across the curriculum. We believe that the success of our students depends upon the collaboration of all educators.

k-6

Professional Development

7-12

Professional Development

 

Math Specialist

Brian Cansler

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Mathematics Specialist program is designed to provide technical assistance from state math specialists with strong preparation and background in mathematics content, instructional strategies, and school leadership. Based in elementary and secondary schools, we are former classroom teachers who are responsible for supporting the professional growth of their colleagues and promoting enhanced mathematics instruction and student learning throughout their schools. We are responsible for strengthening classroom teachers' understanding of mathematics content and helping teachers develop more effective mathematics teaching practices that allow all students to reach high standards, as well as sharing research addressing how students learn mathematics.

In the ARESC-Math Specialist program, we work with teachers and administrators at participating schools to provide leadership and expertise in mathematics based on nationally recognized, research-based professional development. We provide effective math strategies and supplemental math resources to district-level math coaches who are in classrooms on a daily basis, co-teaching mathematics lessons as well as working with children on mathematical concepts. The goal of this mathematics initiative is to ensure that all children are not left behind and teachers create and explore opportunities in the classroom for each student to acquire conceptual understanding in mathematics they learn.

 

Our overarching purpose is to increase the mathematics achievement of all the students in our participating schools. To do so, we will:

  • collaborate with individual teachers through co-planning, co-teaching, and coaching;

  • assist administrative and instructional staff in interpreting data and designing approaches to improve student achievement and instruction;

  • facilitate teachers' use of successful, research-based instructional strategies, including differentiated instruction for diverse learners such as those with limited English proficiency or disabilities; work with parent/guardians and community leaders to foster continuing home/school/community partnerships focused on students' learning of mathematics; and collaborate with administrators to provide leadership and vision for a school-wide mathematics program.

  • Creating Math Pacing Guides for K-5

  • Meaningful Math Activities (K-12)

  • Marilyn Burns: Math Solutions program

  • Mathematics Across the Curriculum (History, Literature, Physical Education, Music, Science)

  • Understanding Student Testing Data (NORMES)

  • Creating Arkansas Consolidated School Improvement Planning (ACSIP)

  • Building Academic Vocabulary in Mathematics

  • Developing Mathematical Ideas (DMI)

  • Balance Assessment program

  • Dynamic Classroom Assessment (DCA)

  • Assessing Academic Rigor (SREB)

  • Interactive Math Websites for Grades K-6

  • Mathematics Design Collaborative

  • CGI - Cognitively Guided Instruction

 

Science Specialist

Dianna Herring

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ARESC desires to support the professional growth of our school districts by promoting enhanced scientific instruction and student learning. The Science Specialist is responsible for strengthening classroom teachers' understanding of science content and helping teachers develop more effective scientific teaching practices that allow all students to reach high standards, as well as sharing research addressing how students learn science.

 

The Science Specialist works with teachers and administrators to provide leadership and expertise in science based on nationally recognized, research-bases professional development. We provide effective strategies and supplemental science resources to district- level science coaches who are in classrooms on a daily bases, co-teaching scientific lessons as well as working with children on science concepts.

 

Computer Science

Joshua Rodgers

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Although housed at Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative, Joshua Rodgers is a statewide specialist that serves the computer science professional development needs of all ESCs, STEM centers and Public School Districts. As part of the Arkansas Computer Science Initiative, he will focus on networking and hardware instruction.

 

 
 

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Katherine Pye

Administrative Assistant

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