ASSET Inc. and. Science: It’s Elementary. Introduction. Located in Pittsburgh Part of National Science Education reform through NSRC as a LASER site. Brief History. 1992 Bayer convened group to initiate science education reform 1994 ASSET becomes independent nonprofit - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
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Science: Its Elementary
ASSET Inc. and
IntroductionLocated in PittsburghPart of National Science Education reform through NSRC as a LASER site
Brief History1992 Bayer convened group to initiate science education reform1994 ASSET becomes independent nonprofit1995-98 NSF grant sfor Professional Development serving 30 School Districts2001 Transition to fee for service2006 Pending legislative approval expanding through Science: Its Elementary
Current Status48 school districts, charter and private schools2,500+ prepaid professional development participants6,000 kits delivered per year125,000 students impacted per yearGrowing number of university and community partners
National Model for Science ReformQuality hands-on curriculum materialsMaterials Support CenterEffective Professional DevelopmentAssessmentCommunity Support
Beliefs for Teaching of ScienceChildren need to experience scienceChildren need to engage in hands-on activitiesChildren need to be problem solversChildren need to be THINKERS
ASSET ProvidesCurriculum Materials for grades K-8Professional DevelopmentMore than 100 opportunities in the form of courses, institutes, and colloquiaR&D to develop new products and services, eg Science Notebooks, Environment & Ecology toolboxesPartnershipsUniversitiesRegional resourcesCorporations
Characteristics of Ongoing PDTeachers teaching teachersDirectly related to standards-based curriculumDriven by research-based effective classroom practices
Materials Support Center
Science: Its ElementaryExpansion of the K-6 ASSET ModelIntroductory Institutes in partnership with NSRCUp to 150 School Districts/Schools or + 1,400 teachersEvaluation by Horizon Research Inc.
Pleased to be here Bayer Corp & group of community partners started us in 1993. They are still involved. We are an indep. Nonprofit & can be nimble, i.e. work with multiple districts & univ. & community partners Most imp. We can be what our customers, teachers, need. The LSC changed us. As a nonprofit, we supply curriculum materiald & PD NSF helped establish us as a high quality PD provider. Membership structure worked because districts couldnt teach without us. Learned model from NSRC First team learned this in 1993 and determined to do all elements all at once. The 5 NSRC components are reflected in research. I am here because we have a story to tell that connects the right thing to do (research) & implementation in the classroom. In working with 48 divers districts, we have found many benefits.