The Long, Hot Summer

A running joke we have here at the EAST offices is based on a question that has been asked more than once in the waning days of the spring semester:  “Do you guys work during the summer?” Invariably this is asked straight-faced and sincerely. We always try to be sober and respectful in our response. Since we do work with schools, and they tend to observe some well-earned downtime from June to August, I even understand why the question would come up. But with all due respect — “Heck yeah, we work during the summer!”

New EAST facilitators, Phase Training week 1, June 21-25, 2010.

To give you some idea of how much we work, this blog post was on my list for distribution at the beginning of the summer. Instead I’m now using it as an end-of-season recap.

New EAST facilitators, Phase Training week 2, July 19-23, 2010.

So what goes on during the summer at the EAST Initiative? Well, we conduct training for new facilitators; give a seminar for existing facilitators, which this year also featured an additional day for a hands-on Tech Camp; procure classroom equipment for our new programs; install it (no small feat!); plan and prepare for the coming school year and, sometimes, celebrate the 4th of July.

New EAST facilitators, Phase Training week 3, July 26-30, 2010.

In many ways summer is our busiest time of year (exceeded only by the Fall Semester and the Spring Semester) 😉 . This summer we have trained over 60 new facilitators, hosted over 100 experienced facilitators at the Summer Seminar, ordered over 2000 pieces of technology and equipment, and are right now in the thick of installing that equipment for 16 new programs. Whew!

We’re ready and eager for the new school year, but it sure has been a heck of a summer. EAST goes ever forward  — and I look forward to this next school year!


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