University of Arkansas Office for Education Policy

EAST Initiative: An Arkansas Idea Worth Spreading

In The View from the OEP on April 17, 2014 at 9:23 am

eastOur 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 across the state of Arkansas including Hot Springs High School’s EAST program and Sonora Elementary’s EAST program in the Springdale School District.

This year’s OEP conference on May 15, 2014 at the Clinton Center, will kick off with a presentation by the Executive Director of EAST, Matt Dozier. You can attend this presentation to find out more about EAST and how to bring the model to your school. Registration information for the conference can be found here. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the conversation about how Arkansas can best prepare her students for higher education and entering the workforce.



  1. Reblogged this on and commented:
    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.

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