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EAST Initiative announces new EAST programs for 2011-2012 school year.

Little Rock, Ark.  (May 18, 2011) — The EAST Initiative is pleased to announce the implementation of nine new EAST programs for the 2011-2012 school year. The schools launching new programs are:

In Arkansas:

  • Bald Knob Middle School
  • Batesville High School
  • Cutter Morning Star High School (Hot Springs)
  • Dover High School
  • Gardner Math, Science, Technology School (Hot Springs))
  • Randall G. Lynch Middle School (Farmington)
  • Sonora Elementary (Springdale)
  • West Fork High School


Outside Arkansas:

  • Kiamichi Technology Center (Talihina, OK)


EAST® (Environmental and Spatial Technology) is an educational model that focuses on student-driven community service projects accomplished by using teamwork and cutting-edge technology. EAST classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art work-stations, servers, software and accessories, including GPS/GIS mapping tools, architectural and CAD design software, 3D animation suites, virtual reality development and more. Students identify problems in their local communities and then use these tools to develop solutions, collaborating with civic and other groups in the process.

For qualifying Arkansas public schools, a grant from the Arkansas Department of Education provides funding for start-up and equipping of classrooms for new EAST programs. Application is open to all Arkansas public schools and, for those awarded the grant, is the culmination of a long and intensive community-based planning and acquisition process. That process concludes with the signing of a set of assurances stating the EAST Initiative’s expectations for all local EAST programs and represents a commitment to maintain the program according to the EAST approved model and best practices.

Despite the availability of professional-level technology in the classroom, the focus in EAST is not on the technology itself, but on the unique learning environment of the EAST classroom. Students are responsible for creating their own project-based learning experience. There are no lectures and no tests. The students are guided by an EAST Facilitator (a teacher trained in the EAST process) to identify problems in their school or community, then find ways to solve them. This radically different approach to learning yields tremendous results. Students develop higher-thinking and problem solving skills, are better prepared for both college and the business world, and they care more about learning and serving their communities.

“We are honored to welcome the EAST class of 2011-2012 to the EAST family of schools. This year was one of the most competitive for the state grant, and the recipients showed themselves to be outstanding and inspirational. I’m sure with the addition of EAST to their offerings, these schools will continue to lead the way in education. We are especially honored that EAST continues to grow in the state of Oklahoma. This class is primed for success,” said Matt Dozier, CEO & President of the EAST Initiative.

Jim Boardman, Assistant Commissioner – Division of Research and Technology at the Arkansas Department of Education said “I am so pleased to support these forward-thinking schools in implementing EAST programs.  EAST is a great asset to Arkansas and to other communities where it is available. EAST classrooms provide valuable services to schools and communities, and EAST students develop problem-solving and technical skills, creating an experienced and capable workforce for our future. EAST is an important part of our education system in Arkansas.”

For more information about EAST visit http://www.EASTproject.org


The EAST® Initiative is a non-profit organization working with schools and institutions across the country to establish local EAST programs. Since 1996, it has assisted schools, facilitators and students in implementing service learning projects, technology education and individualized education goals. The EAST® method has been named a model by the United States Departments of Education and Labor and has proven, research-based results. The Initiative works with schools to equip classrooms, train facilitators and provide technical training for students at local and regional training centers, as well as online. Participating schools must sign a set of assurances, promising to follow the prescribed EAST® methods, and participate in periodic required facilitator and student training sessions.


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