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General - Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Friends,

 

As 2018 comes to a close, I first want to wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!

 

I also want to take the time to reflect on ASSET’s impact and growth and highlight some of our new activities this year. The generous support of our participants, members, contributors, volunteers, staff and board have helped improve teaching and learning for educators and learners in our community throughout the year.

 

Over the past 24 years, ASSET has developed as a national nonprofit leader in STEM teaching and learning, providing highly-effective professional development for educators; hands-on, minds-on learning materials to educational organizations; and innovative learning experiences for all students.

 

This year, ASSET launched new programs, developed new partnerships, and continued to engage, inspire, and empower all learners through:

 

  • Improving the quality and availability of holistic STEM education through Professional Development and leased STEM classroom materials
  • Advancing educational equity and economic empowerment through the Access ASSET Scholarship Program
  • Facilitating high-quality early learning through the Pre-K STEM Up grant program in Philadelphia
  • Bridging education and industry to foster workforce development through the Project-based Learning with Teacher Externships program
  • Supporting schools in the preparation for and implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards through the pilot program, The Academy for Three-dimensional Teaching and Learning
  • Promoting environmental stewardship through science education by kicking off the Climate Leadership: From Classroom to Community program

 

Our team is so grateful for the relationships we’ve formed with educators and organizations in 2018. We know we are making a positive impact when we hear feedback such as this, from a participating educator:

“ASSET’s professional development is the most meaningful we’ve had in years. You walk down the hall and see teachers and students doing things that we learned. Just seeing how excited the kids are about science motivates us to keep going.”

 

In 2019, ASSET STEM Education will celebrate its 25th year. In honor of this anniversary, we will do even more to empower educators to be agents of change in their schools and organizations, inspire inquiry and exploration across all disciplines, and develop learners who can work, live, contribute and lead in a global community.

 

Thank you again to all of our partners and supporters and to all of the educators and learners we work with. We look forward to deepening existing connections and forging new collaborations in the coming year.

 

Happy Holidays!

 

Dr. Cynthia Pulkowski

Executive Director

ASSET STEM Education