Vision Building Workshop Feb. 23


Vision Building Workshop Feb. 23
2/1/2016 2:14:05 PM

The Arkansas Department of Education and Environmental and Spatial Technology Inc. (the EAST Initiative) will be holding a Vision Building Workshop for Arkansas schools considering implementation of an EAST program.

The workshop will be held  from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Nettleton High School (4201 Chieftan Lane, Jonesboro, AR).


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 and CEO 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 funding. Additionally, EAST students from the area 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 EAST in the local community. It is a required activity for the Arkansas Department of Education Grant Program. 


Experience has taught that the most successful EAST programs 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 educational community attend the meeting. Team members should ideally include a district level administrator, a building level administrator, a 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.). 


This is the second Vision Building of the 2015-2016 recruiting year. It is anticipated at this time that we will host one more workshop this recruiting year, but interested schools are cautioned that weather, demand, updated information on funding, and other unavoidable circumstances could lead to the cancellation of that meeting. Interested schools are encouraged to attend regardless of location. History has shown that meeting locations and dates do not always align with local calendars and obligations for individual schools.


Please contact Melanie Bradford, division leader of Research and Technology for the Arkansas Department of Education (, or Tami Baker, program coordinator for the EAST Initiative (, if your local district plans to attend. 


Please direct further questions about this workshop to Melanie Bradford at 501-371-5011 or Tami Baker at 501-371-5019.


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