Educational Institutions

ENVIRONMENTAL AND SPATIAL TECHNOLOGY INC

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

Mission Statement

The EAST Initiative provides all learners the opportunity to have relevant, individualized, life-changing educational experiences.

Main Programs

  1. EAST
  2. Education Unleashed
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

The EAST Initiative estimates that it serves more than 20,000 students per year in 5 states including Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania.

ruling year

2002

President/CEO since 2007

Self-reported

Mr. Matt Dozier

Keywords

Self-reported

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

Self-reported by organization

This year, EAST will provide cutting edge technology to 20,000 students in grades 2-12 and challenge them to use that technology to help improve their communities. Last year, EAST students contributed over 2 million hours of community service to local organizations and were honored with too many local, state, and national awards to list. In 2017, the EAST Initiative will add 16 new EAST programs thanks to support from the Arkansas Department of Education and The Delta Regional Authority.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

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

Program 1

EAST

The EAST program began in Greenbrier, Arkansas with a few at-risk youth. Today, the EAST program serves nearly 20,000 students in grades 2-12.

We work to start EAST classrooms in schools across the country, fill the classroom with technology, train the teachers to become project managers, and challenge the students to use the technology to help their communities.

The focus on technology, student choice, service learning, and individual growth makes an EAST classroom unlike any other in the school.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

2,189,603.00

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

26,308.00

Results

Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of students enrolled in service-learning courses

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
EAST
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
The EAST program is a service learning course, therefore all students enrolled in EAST are also in a service-learning course.

2. Number of students enrolled

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
EAST
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
This number represents the total number of students participating in the EAST program.

3. Number of attendees present at rallies/events

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
EAST
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Total number of attendees at EAST Conference

4. Total number of grants awarded

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
EAST
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Number of grants EAST awarded to schools via the Beyond the Bell program and the Upgrade program

5. Total dollar amount of grants awarded

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
EAST
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Dollar amount of grants EAST awarded to schools via the Beyond the Bell program and the Upgrade program

6. Number of Service Hours completed by students in our programs.

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
EAST
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Number of service hours completed by students enrolled in EAST programs last year

7. Number of students who received direct technology training

Target Population
K-12 (5-19 years)

Connected to a Program?
EAST
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Total number of students trained via our advanced student technical training sessions.

8. Number of teachers who received direct professional development training

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
These numbers reflect the total number of teachers who were provided direct professional development training via Phase Training, Summer Seminar, and Education Unleashed.

9. Number of schools that added an EAST program

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
EAST
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Number of schools starting new EAST programs

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Vision:
    Communities strengthened through service and technology.

    Mission:
    The EAST Initiative provides all learners the opportunity to have relevant, individualized, life-changing educational experiences.

    Goals:

    Growth: The EAST Initiative will pursue programmatic expansion as well as provide professional development opportunities that support the principles, practices, and philosophy of our educational model.

    Quality: The EAST Initiative will increase fidelity and performance of EAST programs and assess to strengthen its programmatic offerings.

    Marketing: The EAST Initiative will increase brand recognition to aid in development efforts and organizational and programmatic growth.

    Development: The EAST Initiative will build a diversified development program that will strengthen the organization's capacity to provide services.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    EAST created Operational Plans for each of the goals identified in our strategic plan. These plans prioritize the activities which will be undertaken this year to help us achieve our goals.


    Goal #1 Growth:

    Objective #1: Increase new EAST classrooms through our funding and development activity with a minimum goal of 15 new EAST classrooms per year.
    Objective #2: Connect the EAST classroom experience to greater opportunities for students to obtain academic recognition and achievement such as concurrent credit, external accreditation or certification, scholarships, internships, etc. Evaluate this process annually and identify additional opportunities.
    Objective #3: Expand training options through identifying needs in the extended educational community, developing at least one new training annually, and delivering this using EAST's unique pedagogical model.
    Objective #4: Streamline the processes through which interested parties can explore EAST's growth opportunities. Evaluate this process annually and revise for greater efficiency.

    Goal #2 Quality:

    Objective #1: implement a quantitative fidelity evaluation based on administrative adherence to EAST assurances
    Objective #2: Facilitate the establishment of goals for facilitators at the onset of the school year and follow up with a reflection at the end
    Objective #3: Identify and implement a performance measurement tool for students
    Objective #4: Improve the effectiveness of EAST Initiative programmatic offerings based upon the outcomes of ongoing evaluations
    Objective #5: Seek out external validation of EAST Initiative programming

    Goal #3 Marketing:

    Objective #1: Strengthen and cultivate EAST's brand to provide consistent and clear messaging over the next year and adopt the style guide for internal and external users.
    Objective #2: Through the use of analytics, establish a baseline and increase engagement with EAST's online presence.
    Objective #3: Support growth by developing a strategic marketing campaign to increase participation in EAST programmatic offerings.
    Objective #4: Increase exposure of EAST Initiative by tracking and increasing event participation annually.

    Goal #4 Development
    Objective #1: Increase Gross Revenue (excluding pass through) by 5% annually.
    Objective #2: Increase the number of active volunteers and their volunteer hours by 10% annually.
    Objective #3: Develop the database of prospective donors and increase that number by 40% annually. Additionally, EAST will secure contributions from 25% of the prospects in the database.
    Objective #4: Maintain or increase legislative/government funding.



  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 optimized. We now stand at the brink of an opportunity to translate this success on a scale that can have transformative results for all learners.

    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).
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Major Indicators
    Growth:
    1. Expansion of EAST programs by at least 15 each year.
    2. Identify and secure at least 1 opportunity for students to obtain academic recognition annually.
    3. Develop at least 1 new Education Unleashed training annually.

    Quality:
    1. Administer Quantitative fidelity instrument to administrators annually.
    2. Goal setting by 100% of facilitators annually.
    3. Implement performance measurement tool for students.
    4. Seek out at least 1 external validation of EAST programming annually.

    Marketing:
    1. Complete re-branding efforts during 2017.
    2. Monitor and increase engagement with EAST's online presence.
    3. Implement a strategic marketing campaign to increase participation in EAST programmatic offerings.
    4. Increase participation at EAST events annually.

    Development:
    1. Increase gross revenue by 5% annually.
    2. Increase active volunteers by 10% annually
    3. Increase database of donors by 40% and 25% contribution rate of donors.
    4. Maintain/increase legislative funding

  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    History:
    In the last 20 years, EAST has continued to develop and fine tune its model of education. We have grown from one classroom in Greenbrier, Arkansas to serving over 20,000 students in over 240 programs. Our students are now completing over 2 million hours of community service annually.

    Awards:
    Model Program: US Department of Education, US Dept of Labor
    Special Achievement in GIS: ESRI
    Outstanding Educational Initiative: Verizon Foundation
    Accomplished Program: Change the Equation Database
    STEM Innovator: Silicon Valley Education Foundation

    Progress on Goals:
    (The strategic plan was approved in September of 2016)

    Growth:
    Adding 16 EAST programs in August 2017
    EAST program recruitment list expanded to 60 schools

    Quality:
    Piloted EAST administrator survey
    Surveyed facilitators for number of volunteer hours
    Began pre & post surveys of Student technical training sessions
    Contracted with Arkansas State University for external qualitative study

    Marketing
    Budgeting for rebranding efforts FY2017
    Hired Marketing Coordinator
    Created baseline metrics for online presence

    Development
    Received $150,000 grant from Delta Regional Authority to add additional programs in the Delta region of Arkansas.
    Secured 5 student technical training sessions via volunteers from local companies
    Maintained legislative funding
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

The EAST Initiative estimates that it serves more than 20,000 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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ENVIRONMENTAL AND SPATIAL TECHNOLOGY INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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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.

STATEMENT FROM THE President/CEO

"The EAST Initiative began as an idea in 1996 when a retired law enforcement officer-turned-teacher in Greenbrier, Arkansas, tasked his students with learning by doing. He integrated technology into a classroom built on a philosophy of students taking a hand in their own learning and working together to create projects that serve their community. This idea, the EAST model of education, quickly won administrative praise, as well as attention from other school districts. By the beginning of the next school year, efforts began to replicate and export this model.

In 2001 the EAST Initiative was founded as an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to further promote the EAST model of education by establishing EAST classrooms in school districts throughout the country. In addition to providing both hardware and software with which to start these EAST classrooms, the organization also serves as a support mechanism for them by providing educators with professional development and students with training specifically designed to increase fluency in technology. The organization also provides troubleshooting and technical support for classrooms and hosts events year round through which students can showcase their achievements.

Today the organization employs 25 full- and part-time staff, includes nearly 240 member schools in five states and serves approximately 19,000 students from elementary school to college."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. David Moody

Jacksson David, LLC

Term: Sept 2014 - Sept 2018

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

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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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
Yes
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