Two EAST Vision Building Workshops Scheduled for March


8/14/2013 4:26:35 PM

For prospective schools wishing to implement EAST classrooms in 2011-2012.


EAST Vision Building Workshop

March 9, 2011

9:00 am-12:00 pm

EAST Training Center

8201 Ranch Blvd

Little Rock, Arkansas 72223



EAST Vision Building Workshop

March 30, 2011

9:00 am- 12:00 pm

Springdale Har-Ber High School

300 Jones Road

Springdale, Arkansas 72762


The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) and the EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology) Initiative are pleased to announce the Vision Building Workshops for prospective schools wishing to implement EAST classrooms in the 2011/2012 school year.

The Vision Building Workshop is an overview of the Initiative and a chance to see EAST students and projects face-to-face. Matt Dozier, President of the EAST Initiative, will present the EAST model, and representatives from the Arkansas Department of Education will be on hand to answer questions about this year’s opportunities for startup funding. Additionally, EAST students from the area will share their projects. This workshop is the best opportunity for prospective EAST schools to see, hear, ask questions, and experience EAST in action. This is the time for local teams to begin the process leading to local school adoption of the EAST program. It is a required activity for the Arkansas Department of Education Grant Program and this will be the final opportunity to attend this workshop for this grant cycle.
This year, the expectation is that there will be fewer grants available for EAST expansion and therefore we are holding fewer of these workshops. These will happen on March 9, 2011 at the EAST Training Center in Little Rock and on March 30, 2011 at Har-Ber High School in Springdale. Both of these workshops will start at 9:00 a.m. and be over by noon.
Experience has taught that the most successful EAST programs are the ones that start with the strongest foundation of local support. Therefore, it is recommended that a team made up of at least five people from different areas of the community attend the meeting. Team members should include a district level administrator, building level administrator, counselor (or whoever schedules students for classes) and a teacher representative. Additionally, it is recommended that the team bring representatives from other community groups that support the local school, if possible (parents, school board members, interested members of the business community, district technology staff, curriculum coordinators, etc.).
Please contact Melanie Bradford, Division Leader of Research and Technology, or Matt Dozier to RSVP.

Please direct further questions about this workshop to Melanie Bradford at (501) 371-5005 or Matt Dozier (501) 371-5016.


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