Share Paper: Project ASSET: Appalachian Support for Specialized Education Training- Building an Online, Self-Paced, Competency-Based Professional Development Program for Rural Educators

  1. Brooke Blanks, Radford University IMPACT Lab, United States
  2. Greg Sherman, Radford University IMPACT Lab, United States
  3. Stacy Kruse, Pragmatic Solutions, Inc., United States
  4. Matt Dunleavy, Radford University IMPACT Lab, United States
  5. Amanda Bozack, Radford University College of Education and Human Development, United States
  6. Kenna Colley, Radford University, United States
Wednesday, March 28 5:45 PM-7:00 PM Edison Ballroom D

Abstract: Project ASSET (Appalachian Support for Specialized Education Training) is designed to increase teacher effectiveness and workforce capacity in underserved rural communities in Appalachia. The primary goal of ASSET is to leverage simulation and game-based learning in an online, self-paced, competency-based education (CBE) environment to increase the number of highly effective educators in K-12 high-need schools in rural Appalachia. This is accomplished by building knowledge and skills in evidence based practices that: a) contribute to inclusive school culture, and b) increase access to the general curriculum for students with diverse learning needs in K-12 high-need schools.