Educational Institutions

ENVIRONMENTAL AND SPATIAL TECHNOLOGY INC

  • Little Rock, AR
  • http://www.eastinitiative.org/

Mission Statement

The EAST Initiative will be the leading provider and advocate of innovative, transformational education that prepares students to succeed globally. The EAST Initiative accomplishes this by serving as a catalyst for transformational education through the implementation, training and support of local EAST programs in schools that focus on the EAST pillars of service-based, technology-driven, student-led, collaborative learning.

Main Programs

  1. EAST
  2. Education Unleashed
Service Areas

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National

The EAST Initiative estimates that it serves more than 22,000 students per year in 5 states including Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania.

ruling year

2002

President/CEO

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Mr. Matt Dozier

Keywords

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education, schools, education reform, EAST Initiative, EAST, EAST Project, EAST Core, technology, service, learning, innovation, STEM, project based learning, educational technology

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Also Known As

EAST or EAST Initiative or EAST Project or EAST, Inc.

EIN

71-0863568

 Number

3994729590

Physical Address

6215 Ranch Drive

Little Rock, AR 72223

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The EAST Initiative will be the leading provider and advocate of innovative, transformational education that prepares students to succeed globally.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

EAST

EAST is in 200 secondary schools with over 17,000 students participating. These students participate in learning via community service based learning projects in which they have the opportunity to improve their thinking, analytical skills, communications, and teamwork skills while utilizing very technical and industry leading technology based resources.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 2

Education Unleashed

Education Unleashed is a professional development program designed for teachers of any grade level from pre-K to college. EAST staff members provide introductory, intermediate, and advanced training opportunities on a variety of topics ranging from Google Apps to managing project based learning classrooms.

School districts, individual teachers, educational cooperatives, and anyone else that is interested in participating in this training are encouraged to contact the EAST Initiative for more details.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Vision:

    The EAST Initiative will be the leading provider and advocate of innovative, transformational education that prepares students to succeed globally.

    Mission:

    The EAST Initiative accomplishes this by serving as a catalyst for transformational education through the implementation, training and support of local EAST programs in schools that focus on the EAST pillars of service-based, technology-driven, student-led, collaborative learning.

    Goals
    In January of 2011, The EAST Board of Directors and senior staff met in a multi-day planning session and articulated the following primary goals:

    1. Implement EAST in 80% of secondary schools (6th-12th grade) in Arkansas within 5 years.
    2. Implement EAST in 25 elementary schools (K-5th grade) in Arkansas within 5 years.
    3. Develop an evaluation system to measure the administration/results of EAST
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our Operational Plan sets out the activities which will be undertaken during the year to continue progress towards the achievement of the objectives identified in our Strategic Plan 2011-16.

    We will continue to operate as an efficient organization utilizing the existing staff, with plans to add additional staffing only as funding and growth necessitates. We will continue to build partnerships with key stakeholders to ensure support for EAST is far reaching and sustained.


    The primary development goal to achieve the 80/25 plan is to provide the EAST Initiative with the broadest possible funding base. By "broad base" we mean the following:
    • First, that our nonprofit has a mix of income sources-foundations, businesses, individuals, and government grants and contracts (if appropriate and available). We will attempt to establish a mixed and balanced income stream that will provide a relatively stable base from year-to-year. For example, a good mixture for our organization might be: one third corporate and foundation grants (some multi-year), one third government contracts (again, some multi-year if possible), and one third from individuals such as through annual memberships and special events. (see chart page 8).

    • Second, that our nonprofit has a mix of large and small contributors. It is dangerous for a nonprofit to become dependent on a few large donors. If we are primarily funded by large donors, the loss of any one of them can have disastrous consequences for our organization.

    Increase number and diversity of funding sources, Increase revenue generating strategies, Build internal capacity, Strengthen Communications, Build Strong Partnership Base, and Strengthen EAST program development.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The EAST Initiative has developed a replicable and powerful model of educational attainment. Over the past decade the training, support, and delivery model for achieving this attainment have been piloted, refined, and systemized. We now stand at the brink of an opportunity to translate this success on a scale that can have transformative near-term results for the students and communities of the state of Arkansas. The goals that have been outlined are achievable and the basic infrastructure necessary to bring this to fruition is in place (expansion and growth will have to be dealt with, but can be based on the availability of funds to accomplish these goals).
    In outlining a funding structure, it is important to note that any of the funding pools (growth funds, local school funds, and support funds) can be achieved through public, private, or a combination of public and private funds. EAST stands poised to succeed and the students of Arkansas will reap the reward of this success.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Major Indicators
    Expansion of EAST® High Schools -50 New EAST High Schools in Arkansas added to current roster of programs.
    Expansion of EAST® Elementary Schools-25 New EAST Elementary Programs in Arkansas added to current roster.
    Annual Funding from ADE sustained-Legislated $2M secured annually.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Analysis

    These three priorities clearly articulate and build on the successful development of EAST (the model and the organization). The Board and staff have made a conscious decision to put their emphasis on the established regions where EAST is flourishing and to continue the development of the model, using the state of Arkansas as the test bed. EAST is much more firmly established as a component of the educational backdrop in Arkansas and this strategy builds on that relationship. While EAST has continued to grow in Arkansas, it has not been able to aggressively grow and serve more schools and communities because the funding necessary to start programs and address staffing has not been available. The continued evolution of the program to serve the youngest grades is the result of both successful pilots and school demand. Finally, a clear evaluation system (the Initiative uses a number of evaluation tools currently) will build on established best practices and previously performed research to help EAST staff and the EAST schools better gauge the success of the model in the local school.
Service Areas

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National

The EAST Initiative estimates that it serves more than 22,000 students per year in 5 states including Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania.

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Funding Needs

Funding will allow EAST to expand assistance in the following areas: Technical Training for Students- Training sessions are held year-round at training centers in Little Rock and Fayetteville, Arkansas, as well as periodically at regional locations. EAST programs from around the country send student representatives to receive training. Professional Development for Facilitators- The EAST model of education is very different than the traditional approach used by most educators. In EAST, facilitators are specifically trained to guide and encourage students as they identify community problems and seek to solve them. Ongoing professional development is required on an annual basis. Program Development- As the number of schools with EAST programs grows, so does the need for funding. The Initiative provides site support to help schools effectively implement and manage their programs, as well as training for students and facilitators. EAST holds an annual EAST Conference, a Summer Seminar for facilitators and EAST Night Out, a national open house event. The EAST After Hours grant program expands the EAST experience to after-school programs.

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Financials

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ENVIRONMENTAL AND SPATIAL TECHNOLOGY INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Leadership

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President/CEO

Mr. Matt Dozier

BIO

Matt Dozier is the President and CEO of the EAST Initiative (EAST stands for Environmental and Spatial Technology); an innovative educational reform effort that combines student developed community service projects with sophisticated technology. The EAST model has been recognized by the Federal Departments of Education and Labor, among other groups, as an innovative, relevant, and successful approach to education.

Matt first became affiliated with EAST in 1998 while teaching at North Pulaski High School in Jacksonville, Arkansas becoming the first facilitator of that program. He soon became a member of the first EAST Professional Development training team, helping to develop curriculum and train hundreds of teachers as the EAST program spread to over 200 schools in eight states. In 2001, Matt joined the EAST staff full-time, serving variously as the Initiative's Communication Director, Assistant Program Director, and National Program Director. Matt was named EAST CEO in 2007.

In addition to many volunteer activities to promote technology education, broadband expansion, and entrepreneurial development Matt is currently serving on the Arkansas Innovation Hub Board of Directors, the ForwARd steering committee, the Arkansas Leaders Advisory Council for the Arkansas Discovery Network, is a member of the Arkansas State GIS Board Advisory Panel, and was inducted into the Arkansas Academy of Computing in 2011. In 2013, he was named a finalist in Arkansas Business' non-profit CEO of the year awards. He is the editor of Autism is Not a Life Sentence: How One Family Took on Autism and WON! by Lynley Summers which was published by the Autism Asperger Publishing Company in 2006.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Jerry Damerow

Ernst & Young

Term: Sept 2014 - Sept 2017

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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No

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
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Race & Ethnicity
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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity