About Us

EAST® (Environmental and Spatial Technology, Inc.) is unlike any other model in modern education. It is a project-based, service-learning oriented program that provides students with high-end technology available in the most progressive fields in the world. At its heart, EAST is a coordinated effort to provide today’s students with an educational atmosphere that allows them to gain insight into their own abilities to acquire and use information, solve problems and develop valuable experience. Since its inception in 1996, the EAST model has expanded to over 200 schools in five states (Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania).

Support

The EAST Initiative is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The Arkansas Department of Education, as well as public and private grants and individual and corporate donations currently provide funding. Additional funding allows us to expand our assistance in the following areas:

Technical Training Sessions – EAST provides hands-on experience for students held year-round at training centers in Little Rock and Fayetteville, Arkansas. The trainings equip students who attend to return to their school to train their EAST classmates in the application of the latest technology.

Professional Development – EAST offers world-class professional development training that allows facilitators and EAST Core teachers to hone their facilitation skills so than can guide and encourage students as they identify community problems and seek solutions. Ongoing professional development is required annually.

Program Development – EAST helps schools effectively implement and manage their programs through site support, the annual national EAST Conference, Summer Seminar facilitator training and EAST Night Out national open house event. Vision Building workshops are offered for schools interested in implementing the EAST program and the EAST After Hours grant expands the EAST experience to after- school programs.

Community Outreach – EAST is developing community-based solutions to provide all students, especially underrepresented minority students and low-income families, with access to an innovative and cutting-edge educational opportunity outside of the traditional classroom.

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