ASSET’s incredible growth and emergence as one of the country’s leading forces in achieving systemic reform in elementary and middle school science education begins with its research and development programs.
PPG Industries Foundation
ASSET has played a very important national leadership role in the growth and the success of the hands-on, inquiry-based model in elementary school science classrooms—not only in western Pennsylvania, but across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and from coast to coast.
I believe that ASSET is a model for the nation.
Sally Goetz Shuler
Former Executive Director
The Smithsonian Science Education Center
Although ASSET may appear to be 'materials and professional development for hands-on science,' I realized in its early years of development that at its core, it is fundamentally about shifting the teaching profession so that teachers are active architects for building student thinking and conceptual understanding— which can be applied in any content area. The ASSET professional development around inquiry helps teachers push back against pressures to have the teacher at the center of the classroom and instead orient their classrooms around students' thinking. This realization has changed the way I work with other education organizations— I look beyond the context and strategies that the organization employs to understand its core message about teaching and learning.
Jennifer Iriti, PhD
Co-Director, Evaluation for Learning Group
Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh
ASSET trainings are truly the BEST professional development I have ever received. I have seen students become further engaged in learning and become better at asking questions during inquiry lessons since East Pennsboro Area School District has been involved with ASSET's training sessions.
ASSET gives teachers the tools to make our students lifelong learners — not just in science, but in all subjects.
Teachers often are exposed to one-shot training that is soon replaced by another ‘flavor of the day.’ As a result, they’re wary of many training programs. But ASSET is in a league of its own. It offers credible professional development teachers trust.
I remember ASSET making science class exciting because of all the sensory aspects of it. It was all very visual, which I believe helped me to relate the things I was learning to the ‘real world.’ Throughout high school I remained interested in science taking advanced chemistry and physics classes.
Graduate Major: Supply Chain Management
Some students do best when everything is broken down and explained. Others love the freedom of exploration. The amazing thing about ASSET’s approach to science is that it works for both learning styles. You can follow an experiment step by step — or cut loose and go crazy. I still apply the skills I learned in ASSET classes to my studies today.
Major: Finance; Minor: Economics
As a father of 6 and an employee of a high tech company, I appreciate the impact of the ASSET Science Program on both a personal and professional level. ASSET is our national endowment: as we invest in the growth of our science and math educators, we create a foundation for greater science and math literacy, greater career development and higher levels of analytical thinking. This is a foundation on which our country can grow and develop. We owe a great deal to the hard work of ASSET. Thank you for your work.