Judging Criteria

By submitting a letter ofintent, you have nominated your program as a candidate for the Founder’s Award. This competition is about telling your EAST program’s story. Be creative; find a way to tell your story that fits your program’s personality. Each EAST program is unique. Use this to your advantage. Review the presentations of the last year’s winning programs to see the range of possibilities.

Following are the criteria the judges will use when viewing your video presentation.

1. Student Growth: Does your EAST classroom provide a positive educational environment that promotes student growth?

One way EAST sets itself apart from other educational programs is that it focuses on the individual growth and development of each student. Wherever the student’s ability lies when entering, he or she is expected and facilitated to grow. In this category, try to provide evidence of this type of learning environment.

Possible examples:

  • Specific examples of student growth within or outside of the EAST classroom
  • Excerpts or quotes from students who feel that EAST has had a positive effect in their lives
  • Support from principal, facilitator, other teachers, counselor, parent, or others
  • Evidence that your EAST program is helping to change lives both directly and indirectly

Student growth is possibly the most difficult result to show; however, it is the strongest demonstration of EAST principles. Spend ample time developing this component. While there should be balance among all components, all of the tenets of EAST are evident in student growth.

2. Service & Collaboration: What impact has your EAST program’s service made? Do you effectively collaborate with other programs/classes in your school, other EAST schools and/or other educational entities or outside businesses? Is there a noticeable difference in the school atmosphere because of EAST? What would be lost if your EAST program ceased to function? What evidence demonstrates support for your EAST program?

Please provide as many of the following as possible and relevant. Brief narrative summaries of several of these categories will suffice where a specific document is not available.

  • Interaction with community members 
  • Media coverage
  • Community/other awards received
  • Presentation opportunities
  • Letters/interviews from community leaders and/or members 
  • Collaboration with: EAST schools (required), programs/classes in your school or district, other educational entities, local or national businesses, other alliances/partnerships
  • Other examples of collaboration and community achievement
  • Letters/interviews from school principal and/or superintendent Brief project descriptions that have had an impact on community

3. Critical Thinking & Problem Solving: How have your students worked through problems/obstacles in the development of their projects? What has this led them to understand about themselves, their educational experiences, and their communities? Have students modified initial plans/actions in response to problems? Have previously avoided projects or problems been overcome? Did something simple net huge results? Did failures result in positive outcomes?

Provide specific examples of students’ methodologies in addressing complex issues and what led to or resulted from their decisions (use of higher-level thinking skills for problem solving). Include multiple examples illustrating the processes and successes within your program. Describe the impact this process has had on their understanding of formal analysis of community problems.

4.  Resource Integration: One trademark of EAST is the availability of advanced-level tools and resources for projects and processes. The Founder’s Award is an excellent opportunity to showcase the power of these advanced technologies. Detail how you use resources in your classroom. Explain how they go beyond what is typical in a traditional classroom. Describe the use of advanced applications and innovative merging of multiple technologies or resources. (Don't simply provide a list of software/hardware.) In closing, provide a suggestion of what might be possible for students willing to pursue the resources further. This component should not be dominant in the overall story but integrated into the other three judging areas.

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