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 ADE 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.
Final workshop information:
The workshop will last from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM.
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 ADE Grant Program.
Experience has taught that the EAST programs which see the greatest success are those started with the strongest foundation of local support. Therefore, it is recommended a team of people from different areas of the local 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.).
Please contact Melanie Bradford, Division Leader of Research and Technology for the Arkansas Department of Education, (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tami Baker, Program Coordinator for the EAST Initiative, (email@example.com) if your local district plans to attend.