The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) Initiative announce an additional 2019-2020 Vision Building Workshop for Arkansas schools considering implementation of an EAST program.
Workshop location and date:
January 14, 2020 EAST Headquarters, Little Rock 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, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education will be on hand to answer questions about this year’s opportunities for start-up funding. Additionally, students from the area will share their projects and reflections of EAST. 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, Division of Elementary and Secondary 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.).
Please contact Melanie Bradford, with the Arkansas Department of Education, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tami Baker, Executive Coordinator to the President/CEO, (Tami@EASTstaff.org) if your local district plans to attend.
Please direct further questions about this workshop to Melanie Bradford at 501-951-5164 or Tami Baker at 501-371-5019.