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ASSET STEM Education's Professional Learning courses aim to build pedagogical skills and understanding, content & conceptual knowledge and collaborative leadership. Explore our courses and register! The following courses are offered in person in our Pittsburgh office and virtually nationwide. 

Registration for courses ends two days prior to event. If you'd still like to sign up after registration ends, please contact 412-481-7320. 




Understanding the Holistic Nature of STEM: May 9 

Understanding the Next Generation Science Standards: May 14

Understanding Formative Assessment: May 16-17 

Understanding Inquiry-based Teaching and Learning: May 29-30

Engage in the Future: Engineering Workshop: September 24-25




May 9, 2019 | 8:30a.m. - 3:30 p.m. | In-person (ASSET STEM Education) or online 

Cost: $160 per educator

Discover the fundamentals for building a strong STEM philosophy and common STEM language with stakeholders and leaders.

Educators are faced with an overwhelming amount of information regarding today’s STEM movement. Specifically teachers are asking, “What is STEM?” “What philosophy has my school adopted?” “Is my teaching consistent with best practices in STEM?”

Strides in STEM education call for providing opportunities for students to develop their critical and creative thinking skills. Many STEM initiatives, however, are top-down, where administrators focus on developing community support and funding. Our focus places an emphasis on teachers and their vital role in impacting student learning experiences.

During this course, participants will:

  • Engage in deep thinking about their own personal definition of STEM as related to outcomes for student learning and achievement, both in academics and lifelong learning
  • Consider characteristics of a holistic approach to STEM education, including intentional teaching and design moves that inspire students to engage in their learning in and outside of the classroom
  • Consider leader roles as a way to make changes in teaching and learning cultures
  • Discuss the importance of having a connected academic focus to community, work and global issues, where students are motivated to become informed, literate citizens
  • Engage in a framework for a holistic approach to STEM that supports the development of cross-curricular teaching and planning




May 14, 2019 | 8:30a.m. - 3:30 p.m. | In-person (ASSET STEM Education) or online 

Cost: $160 per educator

Gain a better understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) & the implications for instructional practice, teaching and learning.

The NGSS are K-12 science standards that focus on student learning through application rather than recitation. The NGSS were developed by nationally recognized education experts, scientists, and researchers to improve science education for all students.

Join ASSET to explore the three dimensions of learning and key instructional shifts related to implementation of the NGSS. The session will follow ASSET’s proven model for professional learning with opportunities for hands-on experiences as well as personal and collaborative sharing and reflection.

During the course, participants will explore:

  • What are the NGSS and why were they developed?
  • How are the NGSS different from previous standards?
  • What are the key instructional shifts required of educators through NGSS?
  • What are the features of an NGSS lesson?
  • What is STEM in the context of NGSS?
  • What are the best practices in STEM education based on NGSS?




May 16-17, 2019 | 8:30a.m. - 3:30 p.m. | In-person (ASSET STEM Education) or online 

Cost: $320 per educator

Continuously evaluate and advance student learning by integrating formative assessment into your teaching practices. 

This course guides educators in exploring the differentiated learning needs of students as they progress through the Formative Assessment Cycle. Educators will consider the following questions: What is the student to learn? What has the student learned? What must be done to help the student meet the learning target and/or advance the student to the next level?

Day One of the course includes: considering the characteristics of formative and summative assessment; exploring the four critical questions of curriculum instruction and assessment; using evidence to advance student learning; and crafting Learning Intentions and Criteria for Success.

Day Two includes: opportunities to explore feedback, questioning practices and strategies, and crafting planned questions.

During this course, participants will:

  • Recognize the role of formative assessment & summative assessment in advancing student learning
  • Establish clear learning intentions & criteria for success for each lesson
  • Intentionally plan questions that will assess the level of student understanding
  • Provide descriptive feedback focused on student improvement
  • Teach students to use the Three Key Strategies of Formative Assessment to develop as a self-regulated learner




May 29-30, 2019 | 8:30a.m. - 3:30 p.m. | In-person (ASSET STEM Education) or online 

Cost: $320 per educator

Examine current teaching & learning practice and understand the essential features of implementing inquiry-based teaching

This course provides the foundation for understanding inquiry-based teaching, while guiding educators to examine their current practice and mindsets in all classroom disciplines.

Day one of the course includes: uncovering prior knowledge, asking what is inquiry?; discussing and understanding the essential features of inquiry and their variations; learning content through an inquiry experience and reflection; and exploring the skills of inquiry. Day two includes: uncovering prior knowledge on misconceptions about inquiry; examining the role of process skills; exploring the challenges of implementing inquiryand purposeful shifts in instructional design; and discussing the role of classroom environment in inquiry-based teaching.

During this course, participants will:

  • Understand and identify the benefits of engaging student in hands-on, minds-on activities
  • Investigate the variation of inquiry by examining educator and student roles
  • Explore key misconceptions and skills of the inquiry process
  • Examine the characteristics of an inquiry-based classroom environment and make connections to individual contexts
  • Initiate a plan for implementing inquiry in the classroom by making intentional shifts in teaching practice




September 24-25, 2019 | 8:30a.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Universal Technical Institute (Exton, PA)

Cost: $400 per educator (20% discount for Early Bird registration by 6/30)

Integrate Engineering Design & Inquiry-Based Teaching into the Classroom

Join ASSET STEM Education and SAE International for an in-depth professional learning program to bring STEM education to life. During this two-day workshop, educators in Pre-K through grade 8 will discuss ways to integrate engineering design and inquiry-based teaching into the classroom and preview hands-on activities from SAE International’s A World in Motion® (AWIM) program.

During this workshop, educators will participate in:

  • Foundations of Engineering: Discuss what it means to teach engineering intentionally at all grade levels & make connections using a cross-curriculum learning approach
  • Breakout Courses on SAE’s AWIM Challenges, including Rolling Things (Pre-K through Grade 1), Pinball (Grades 2-3), Gravity Cruiser (Grades 4-5), and Glider Challenge or Cybersecurity (Grades 6-8)
  • Facility tour of Universal Technical Institute’s state-of-the-industry labs and equipment

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Looking for another course? Interested in collaborating on Professional Learning with your school or organization?

Contact us to chat about your needs, challenges and goals this year. Email us at or call 412-481-7320. 


We also provide no-cost Professional Learning programs on a variety of popular teaching & learning topics for select populations. Check out a list of our updated Grant Program opportunities here