Appalachian Support for Specialized Education Training (ASSET)

Teaching can be challenging and professional development does not always meet your needs if you are a busy teacher. The goal of the ASSET program is to share ideas to help you teach more effectively, and make math and literacy instruction more fun for your students and for you.

Radford University’s ASSET program provides self-paced, competency-based, online professional development to help rural teachers meet the needs of all students in today’s increasingly challenging classrooms.

Reserve your spot for the September 2018 cohort
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Hands-On Simulations

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We have partnered with simSchool to create games and simulations that reflect the challenging range of students in your classrooms.

You will be able to practice using the strategies and tools you are learning about before you try them out in your own classroom. As you demonstrate mastery of these techniques, you will earn badges that you can share with your colleagues and your students!

Online to Fit your Life

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All ASSET training is online and self-paced. You can participate in professional development anytime and anywhere. Plus, you can work at a pace that best suits your busy life. We know you are working with a wide range of learning needs in your classrooms. And, who has time to dig through a wide range of practices in order to figure out what works? We do!

The ASSET team has hand-picked the most effective tools and resources from the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES) What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) practice guides. 

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Why Choose ASSET?

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Online, Anytime, Anywhere

PD courses delivered online and designed so that you can access exactly what you need whenever and wherever it is most convenient for you! 

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Be a Part of a Social Network

Join an active online community of practice where you can share your great ideas, ask questions and celebrate your successes with other teachers in your building, your community, your state and beyond.

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Where Research Meets Reality

Built on strategies supported by by top educational researchers and vetted by the US Department of Education. More importantly, everything has been tested by real teachers in real classrooms with real students.

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Accelerated Pace

Competency-based education model allows learners to receive skill-based credits for quicker certification.




ASSET partners with leaders within the education system. Our partners are experts within their fields and have track records of improving educator retention, increasing pass rates on licensure assessments, increasing teaching knowledge, bolstering teacher recruitment and effectively evaluating education programs.

By investing in ASSET, you are partnering with a leader within specialized education training.

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Request More Information

Now is the time to take the next step. Whether you are a school district looking to provide teacher training or an educator who wants to build knowledge and skills, ASSET will take your career to the next level.

Complete this form and an enrollment counselor will contact you soon. 

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The ASSET program is funded through the U.S. Department of Education Supporting Effective Educator Development Grant (SEED) Program (Award #: U423A170051).

You can also contact Dr. Matt Dunleavy, Executive Director, IMPACT Lab, Radford University at or 540-831-7168.

We look forward to working with you and supporting you in your professional practice!