Vision Building Begins Oct. 26


Vision Building Begins Oct. 26
10/9/2017 12:58:50 PM

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) and the Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) Initiative are pleased to announce the 2017-2018 Vision Building Workshops for Arkansas schools considering implementation of an EAST program.


Workshop locations and dates:

  • Thursday, October 26                  EAST Initiative, Little Rock
  • Wednesday, November 1             Hope Academy of Public Service, Hope
  • Thursday, November 9                Sonora Elementary, Springdale
  • Tuesday, November 14                Nettleton High School, Jonesboro
  • Tuesday, December 12                EAST Initiative, Little Rock

All workshops are from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM.


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 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 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 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.). 


If your local district plans to attend, please email Melanie Bradford, Division Leader of Research and Technology for the Arkansas Department of Education ( You may also email Tami Baker with the EAST Initiative ( 

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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