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April 29, 2016

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead

April 5, 2016

Whether you’re a ball player, an educator or a technology innovator: teamwork gets things done.

April 5, 2016

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) provide a setting for educators to share expertise with one another. Central Catholic educators use PLCs to inspire continued pursuits of excellence, discuss how to best prepare students for continued education and careers—and have a little friendly competition.

March 1, 2016

ASSET's Monthly Member Feature spotlights member school districts and organizations that are moving the needle on quality education for all students.

Project-Based Learning (PBL) combines transdisciplinary classroom education with real-world problems for which students must develop solutions. Matt Friedman, Assistant Superintendent at Mars Area School District, shares his schools’ successes with PBL—and how musical theater is the perfect vehicle for real-world, classroom-to-career learning.

February 3, 2016

ASSET's Monthly Member Feature spotlights member school districts and organizations that are moving the needle on quality education for all students.

Recent standardized assessment scores and new, more rigorous educational standards have signaled shifts in teaching and learning to advance student achievement. Ashley Nestor, Director of Elementary Education & Instruction at Fox Chapel Area School District talks to ASSET about shifts in teaching and learning and why, now more than ever, it's important to receive professional development.

January 29, 2016

Preparing students with the knowledge and skills needed for continued education and careers extends beyond the walls of the classroom. Out-of-school time (OST) and afterschool programs can support academic and social growth by providing opportunities to engage in hands-on learning, interact with peers and build on lessons learned during the school day.

January 13, 2016

Happy 2016!

As ASSET staff begins the New Year, math is on our minds.

The 2014-2015 school year saw many states shift to standardized assessments aligned to new and more rigorous Common Core State Standards. These new standards, a set of internationally benchmarked, evidence- and research-based expectations developed by a coalition of state and national leaders, aim to ensure all high school graduates have the knowledge and skills necessary for success in college and careers in a highly competitive, global economy.

November 30, 2015

ASSET's Member Feature spotlights member school districts and organizations that are moving the needle on quality education for all students.  

ASSET spoke with Dr. Kathi Elliott, Executive Director of Gwen's Girls, a girl- and young women-focused nonprofit organization, on why professional development is necessary, how engineering is everywhere and why design challenges spark meaningful learning for students. Gwen's Girls recently received professional development and materials courtesy of ASSET's STEM Scholarship Program

November 3, 2015

ASSET's Monthly Member Feature spotlights member school districts and organizations that are moving the needle on quality education for all students.

This month, ASSET spoke with Woodland Hills School District middle school educator and Sisters e S.T.E.A.M. founder Venneasha Davis on inspiring the middle school girl through inquiry-based STEAM education and the Director of Curriculum, Norman Catalano.

October 23, 2015

What would happen if you asked a group of adults to draw a picture of a scientist?

What would happen if you gave the same assignment to a class of 3rd graders?

A research tool called the Draw-a-Scientist Test (DAST), developed by teacher and researcher D.W. Chambers in 1983, asks participants to do just that – draw a scientist. And since its creation, the DAST has been administered to learners of varying ages and educational levels – with consistent results.

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