ASSET’s Investing in Innovation STEM Education Program

Karen Ahearn
ASSET Inc. is an education improvement not-for-profit organization in Pennsylvania that supports school districts and charter and private schools in implementing a standards-based science education program through teacher professional development aligned with hands-on, minds-on curriculum materials for grades K−8. The ASSET program is designed to help classroom teachers and their students meet and exceed the benchmarks set by national standardized tests. The curriculum focuses directly on what students need to know to meet those standards. Its professional development empowers teachers, providing the techniques and tools that turn scientific lessons into tangible, exciting concepts that students can touch, see, inquire about, and understand. Independent evaluation results show that fourth-grade students in ASSET member schools scored statistically significantly higher than their peers in science. Based on a proven track record of results, ASSET was selected by the U.S. Department of Education to receive a coveted five-year Investing in Innovation (i3) grant to establish Regional Professional Development Centers across Pennsylvania as well as an advanced professional development program for teachers in rural and high-needs schools.