EAST Initiative Elects New Board Members

   

EAST Initiative Elects New Board Members
8/6/2013 3:33:47 PM

The EAST® Initiative, a national non-profit organization that provides STEM project-based learning opportunities utilizing high-end technologies to primary and secondary schools, recently named Joyce Craft and Barbara Warren to the EAST Board of Directors.

(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) -- The EAST® Initiative, a national non-profit organization that provides STEM project-based learning opportunities utilizing high-end technologies to primary and secondary schools, recently named Joyce Craft and Barbara Warren to the EAST Board of Directors.

These educators join a prestigious group that supports the nationally recognized Initiative. The new members were confirmed at the board’s quarterly meeting in June, and each will serve a four-year term. Prakash Jalihal, Chairman of the Board, welcomed Craft and Warren.

“Both bring substantial first-hand experience with EAST as a transformational educational opportunity for thousands of students,” said Jalihal. “This, along with their impressive accomplishments and life-long commitment to improving the quality of education make them uniquely qualified to help govern EAST."

Craft is currently the Superintendent for the Hot Springs School District, a position she has held since 2006. Since becoming superintendent she has implemented innovative initiatives in the district and is very aggressive with technology implementation for student engagement and teacher use.  She is an active board member of National Park Community College and serves on several state boards and is chairperson of the Arkansas AdvancED CASI. Craft is very active in her community.  She has earned degrees from University of Arkansas, Henderson State University and Memphis State University. She has 40 years of experience in the education field.

 

Warren is currently Director of the Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative in Pine Bluff, Ark. Over the past 17 years, she worked her way up from teacher, to vocational director, to principal in the Stuttgart School District. She then went on to become special assistant to the superintendent and Director of Federal Programs and Assessment for the Pine Bluff School District. Warren’s educational affiliations include: Arkansas Early Childhood Commission, Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators and Arkansas Leadership Academy. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and her Masters of Education in Supervision and Administration from University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

EAST is an educational model that provides innovative ways of learning for modern students, emphasizing student-driven service projects accomplished through the use of the latest in technology. A 2010 study of the impact of the EAST model revealed that EAST students contribute 1.5 million service hours annually in Arkansas alone, with an economic impact of $15 million.

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