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Innovating for the Future

The organization launches the Inquiry-based Schools program and continues to expand its national reach.
  • Named a partner in the national 100Kin10 network
  • Recognized at The White House for work supporting early STEM teaching and learning



Validating Impacts

ASSET receives a prestigious Investing in Innovation (i3): Validation Grant from the U.S. Department of Education to implement a five-year, $26 million advanced professional development program. The organization establishes regional professional development centers to impact 565 educators and more than 38,000 students in grades K-6 in 24 rural and high-needs schools across Pennsylvania.
  • Identified as an evidence-based science education program by Change the Equation
  • Selected by national STEMx network to lead the Pennsylvania STEMx Network
  • Launched Pre-K STEM Up to support early childhood STEM education



Scale Up

ASSET leads the statewide Science: It’s Elementary (SIE) program in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Education to improve elementary science education. Through this five-year, $60 million initiative, ASSET expands its reach to 5,000 total teachers and 180,000 students in 180 school districts across 52 Pennsylvania counties.



Transition to Sustainability

ASSET transitions to a fee-for-service revenue model and adds new members annually, scaling to 48 public, charter, and private schools/districts. The organization develops a new acronym, Achieving Student Success through Excellence in Teaching, to reflect its growth regionally and across academic disciplines—including integration of science with literacy and math.



Early Growth & Development

ASSET is awarded a five-year, $3.1 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to support teacher professional development across 16 school districts; a supplemental $2 million grant impacts 14 additional districts. ASSET is designated one of eight Leadership and Assistance in Science Education Reform (LASER) sites nationwide in partnership with the Smithsonian Science Education Center.




ASSET Inc. is founded as an independent nonprofit organization under the acronym Allegheny Schools Science Education and Technology by Bayer Corporation and other community partners to initiate science education reform in schools in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. ASSET pilots the Smithsonian Science Education Center's model for effective science education in two school districts.




Bayer Corporation and community partners meet to initiate science education reform in Allegheny County schools.