Dr. S James Gates, Jr.

Through a multi-year process in which Arkansas was one of 26 lead states, new K–12 science standards have been developed and are now moving towards adoption in states across the country, including Arkansas. Under the new standards, science education will begin earlier, will focus more on application, and will be benchmarked to international standards. The ultimate goal is to prepare American students for the next generation of economic opportunities. Dr. Gates, a member of the President’s Council of Advisors of Science and Technology and a chief advocate of revisions to science education, will make the case for these new standards and the promise they have to produce transformative educational and economic outcomes for students in Arkansas and across the nation.