EAST Celebrates 17 Years


EAST Celebrates 17 Years
12/5/2013 2:02:19 PM

Today the EAST Initiative celebrates 17 years of innovative education.

The EAST Initiative is celebrating 17 years of innovative education today. In 1996, the first EAST classroom in Greenbrier, Ark., was started under the direction of EAST Founder Tim Stephenson, a retired veteran and police officer.

Within two years, EAST expanded out of Arkansas into Louisiana in 1998 and currently exists in five states, having equipped thousands of students over the years to be creative thinkers and problem solvers to better their communities.

Some notable accomplishments over the years we are celebrating today include:

1999: Arkansas State Legislature provides seed funding to expand EAST classrooms

2000: Inaugural EAST National Conference

2001: EAST incorporates as a 501(c) (3) charitable organization

2004: EAST named a “model program” by the United States Department of Education

2008: George Lucas Foundation spotlights EAST at Edutopia.com as a “Schools That Work” model

2011: EAST collaborates with Arkansas STEM Works to develop EAST Core that is pioneered in five schools in 2012

2013: Texas Instruments highlights collaboration with EAST on introducing LaunchPads in schools and eSchool news names EAST Top Ed-Tech in Arkansas

Thank you for the support these 17 years at The EAST Initiative: Education is different here.


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