Educational Institutions

ASSET Inc.

  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • http://assetinc.org/

Mission Statement

Mission Statement: The mission of ASSET STEM Education is to advance teaching and learning to engage, inspire and empower all students.

Vision Statement: ASSET STEM Education will equip educators with effective tools and strategies to create innovative and relevant learning environments so all students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to work, live, and contribute in a global community.

ASSET assists school districts in implementing comprehensive Pre-K-12 STEM education programs based on the Smithsonian Science Education Center's (formerly the NSRC) – an organization of the National Academies and the Smithsonian Institution – national model for effective science education reform.

The five component model includes:

Standards-based curriculum materials
Ongoing, rigorous professional development
Centralized materials support
Assessment
Community/Administrative involvement

Main Programs

  1. ASSET
  2. Investing in Innovation
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

ASSET currently impacts more than 250 public, charter, and private schools and educational organizations in Pennsylvania. ASSET also provides professional development in New Mexico, North Carolina and Texas and has consulted with educational organizations across the U.S. on STEM education reform and capacity building. ASSET's programs influence the lives of more than 7,000 teachers and 225,000 students across the nation.

ruling year

1995

Executive Director

Self-reported

Dr. Cynthia Pulkowski

Keywords

Self-reported

ASSET; STEM education improvement; Investing in Innovation; education reform; teacher professional development; science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) preparation; literacy

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EIN

25-1742923

Also Known As

ASSET STEM Education

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Last year ASSET:

• facilitated 215 professional development courses and institutes to a total of 2,503 educators;
• delivered 9,647 STEM modules, teacher guides and boxes of science and math notebooks to educators for use by more than 175,000 students

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

ASSET

The ASSET program provides hands-on Pre-K–career curriculum materials and professional development to all educators, including online courses, an early childhood initiative, administrator courses, advanced professional development institutes and after-school programs.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

$2,000,000.00

Program 2

Investing in Innovation

ASSET STEM Education is working with 24 rural and high-needs schools grades K-6 in Pennsylvania. The program is a validation grant delivering ongoing professional development to science and math teachers with a concentration on inquiry, assessment, science and literacy, and problem-solving math skills. The program is also focused on development of Professional Learning Communities for the teachers and administrators to situate the learning from the advanced professional development provided to ensure implementation in the classroom and sustainability of the program.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Adults

Budget

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    ASSET’s top goals for this year:

    1. Assist Pre-K-12 schools and education organizations in implementing comprehensive and innovative STEM programs.
    2. Continue to research, pilot and launch new STEM programs, including digital fluency and technology programs, after-school programs, early childhood math, middle and high school engineering and online classes.
    3. Provide professional development consulting services for other nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities.
    4. Launch the PA STEMx Network.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Not available.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

ASSET currently impacts more than 250 public, charter, and private schools and educational organizations in Pennsylvania. ASSET also provides professional development in New Mexico, North Carolina and Texas and has consulted with educational organizations across the U.S. on STEM education reform and capacity building. ASSET's programs influence the lives of more than 7,000 teachers and 225,000 students across the nation.

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ASSET INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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ASSET Inc.

Leadership

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Executive Director

Dr. Cynthia Pulkowski

BIO

In March 2012, Dr. Cynthia Pulkowski became ASSET’s Executive Director. In this position, she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the education improvement nonprofit including implementing ASSET’s inquiry-based STEM programs in Pennsylvania and across the nation.

Prior to her position as Executive Director, Cynthia served as ASSET’s Acting Executive Director since 2011 and Director of Programs since 2006, where she was responsible for the successful implementation of all ASSET’s hands-on, minds-on science and math programs including the statewide Science: It’s Elementary Program.



   Prior to her position as Acting Executive Director, Cynthia served as ASSET’s Director of Programs since 2006, where she was responsible for the successful implementation of all ASSET’s hands-on, minds-on science and math programs including the statewideScience: It’s ElementaryProgram. Cynthia will continue to serve as the project director for ASSET’s federal Investing in Innovation Grant.

 

   Cynthia’s teaching experience includes 4thand 5thgrade inquiry-based science instruction in an urban setting; curriculum alignment; tutorial; and work with special needs students including IEP implementation with curriculum instruction. She has presented at statewide and national conferences.

 

   Ms. Pulkowski’s additional experience includes business ownership and management systems. She has earned multiple degrees including an Associate degree in Accounting from Westmoreland College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Duquesne University and a Masters degree in Elementary Mathematics, Science, and Technology from Slippery Rock University. She is currently completing her dissertation for her Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership at Duquesne University.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"While the urgency for STEM education may be new to the general public, America’s business sector has long recognized the need to better prepare our youth in STEM for college and career readiness. ASSET owes its very roots to Bayer Corporation and other community partners, whose vision enabled us to pioneer science education in western Pennsylvania nearly 20 years ago. Education has always been our country’s great equalizer, providing a path to economic mobility for all Americans.We must rethink how best to prepare students for the STEM-reliant jobs of tomorrow.We must also ensure that students at every grade level and in every school setting — public or private, rural or urban, privileged or at risk — have access to STEM education opportunities.



At ASSET, we recognize that STEM literacy will not be enough to guarantee success. Our students also must be STEM fluent, possessing an intrinsic ability to problem solve, make application, create, innovate and communicate effectively. These valuable, lifelong skills will contribute to student success in any career path. To help meet this educational challenge, ASSET has evolved into a deeper and more comprehensive STEM-focused organization, but one that holds true to our founding mission — to advance teaching and learning to engage, inspire and empower all students.



For more information on how you can partner with ASSET in this important work, please visit www.assetinc.org or contact me at cpulkowski@assetinc.org.


Dr. Cynthia Pulkowski

Executive Director

ASSET STEM Education"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Tim Goetz

Grant St Associates

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