Vision Building Workshops Set for February 24, March 5


Vision Building Workshops Set for February 24, March 5
2/2/2015 10:35:53 AM

Schools interested in implementing the EAST program are invited to attend upcoming Vision Building Workshops in Harrisburg February 24 or in Springdale March 5.

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) and the Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) Initiative are pleased to announce upcoming Vision Building Workshops for Arkansas schools considering implementation of an EAST program.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015, a workshop will be held at Harrisburg High School, 401 West South Street, Harrisburg, Ark., from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Thursday, March 5, 2015, a workshop will be held at Sonora Elementary School, 20200 Sonora Road, Springdale, Ark., from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

The Vision Building Workshop is a chance to get 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 start-up grants.  Additionally, EAST students from the area in elementary, middle, and high schools will share projects and their reflections of the EAST program. 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 seriously begin the process that leads to local school adoption of the EAST project in the local community. It is a required activity for the Arkansas Department of Education Grant Program.

Experience has taught that the EAST programs that see the greatest success are the ones started with the strongest foundation of local support. Therefore, it is recommended 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 team members 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.). 

It is anticipated that there will be at least two more in the spring of 2015, but experience has shown that waiting to attend can result in not being able to attend in any given recruitment cycle. If the local school is considering adding an EAST program for the 2015/2016 school year, it is strongly encouraged to attend.

Please contact Melanie Bradford, Division Leader of Research and Technology, ( or Phaedra Hawkins, Student Technical Training and Growth Coordinator, ( if your local district plans to attend. 

Please direct further questions about this workshop to Melanie Bradford at 501-371-5011 or Phaedra Hawkins at 501-371-5023


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