EAST Initiative: An Arkansas Idea Worth Spreading


Matt DozierPres./CEO - EAST Initiative

Matt Dozier
Pres./CEO – EAST Initiative

It is an honor for the EAST Initiative to be the feature of the most recent policy brief by the University of Arkansas’ Office of Education Policy (OEP). For our model of education to be highlighted by the largest institute of higher education in Arkansas is quite a testament to the successes that EAST schools and students have demonstrated using that model. On the heels of our best showcase of the power of EAST, Conference 2014, we are proud to see others want to showcase their work as well.

I’m personally excited to be a speaker at the Annual OEP Conference May 15, 2014 at the Clinton Center in Little Rock. I hope to see you there.

OEP Blog

east Our newest policy brief features an innovative program with Arkansas roots that seeks to prepare students for both post-secondary opportunities and their future careers. The story of the EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology) Initiative begins with an Arkansas educator who wanted to connect his students’ learning to real-life experiences. Through this vision, the EAST  Initiative was born. Today, the EAST model combines project-based learning, technology, and community service with a STEM focus. EAST programs have been implemented throughout the state of Arkansas and have even expanded into other states. Below is a map of states that currently using the EAST model.

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Our policy brief describes the EAST model in more detail, including the newest addition to the EAST family, EAST Core, which is a part of Governor Beebe’s STEM Works Initiative and integrates the EAST model into core high school classes such as biology, geometry and chemistry. Furthermore, our policy brief highlights EAST programs…

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