In 2015, ASSET began as a 10-week workshop series at New Vista High School in Boulder, CO. The simple mission of the workshop: equip students with to the tools to be resilient in times of stress. Word spread of ASSET’s impact, and ASSET was invited to the Denver School of Science and Technology: Green Valley Ranch Campus (DSST:GVR), one of fifty-five high schools in the country to earn the National Blue Ribbon Award from the Department of Education. At DSST:GVR, ASSET began implementing 5-15 minute lesson plans in U.S. History classes for the entire 11th grade. Students who experienced ASSET’s program as part of their academic classes had dramatic improvements in test scores—5% higher test averages and 81% growth rate in the students earning As and Bs.
In the winter of 2016, ASSET won the Denver Public Schools’ Design Challenge and the Imaginarium Innovation Lab provided a grant for ASSET to train a group of teachers in the program and scale to 9 additional public schools. With the Imaginarium's financial support, ASSET launched a summer training institute in July of 2016. In January of 2017, the Imaginarium Innovation Lab launched a 2-month study following 2 teachers in 2 different schools implementing ASSET on a biweekly basis. Most recently, Mr. & Mrs. Harold McGraw III catalyzed ASSET’s efforts to bring the program to the New York City community and launch a program in Harlem.
*Results from the Imaginarium's study can be found in the 'Impact' section of the website.
Our program is designed to equip teachers with the tools to help their students mitigate anxiety in the present and build resilience for the future. We train our teachers, provide them with a curriculum of lesson plans, and work with each school to study the outcomes of ASSET's implementation.
Our training includes an education in different anxiety manifestations in students as well as learning all of the curriculum modules: mindfulness, positive psychology, Emotional Freedom Technique, sensory tools, positive self-talk. We also have teachers role-play different classroom scenarios and lessons plans.
Each teacher trained in the program receives ASSET's curriculum of 23 lesson plans, additional resources, and profile map to help different students in the fight or flight response.
We've partnered with the Denver Public Schools Imaginarium Innovation Lab to launch our second case study providing each school with a report of ASSET's impact.