Becoming Your Own ASSET Curriculum by ASSET Education

Becoming Your Own ASSET Curriculum

The Co-Regulation Curriculum for Teachers Who Care

Research-backed, teacher-built, and classroom-tested.

Our curriculum is rooted in mindfulness and positive psychology techniques that are proven to increase wellbeing, thus helping students learn at their full potential.

With each 10-minute ASSET lesson, students learn a concrete tool that they can use to reduce stress in the classroom, at home, and in social settings. 

92% of students continue to use ASSET tools on their own once they've learned them in class.

The Becoming Your Own ASSET curriculum has been proven to significantly reduce the stress of students and increase their mindfulness and awareness. Don't just take it from us – we interviewed them in this video!

A Curriculum by Teachers for Teachers

ASSET's curriculum is made up of 3 modules containing 32 lessons: Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, and Positive Self-Talk, plus a growing list of additional resources and tools.

Short, Plug + Play Lessons

We wanted to make sure each of these lessons is literally "plug and play" so each module includes explanatory text/scripts for you + a Google Slide deck to show your students.

Modules to Last the Whole Academic Year

Start in the fall or right before finals – whenever you start sharing ASSET's tools with your students, we promise they'll be psyched!

This could be the most important thing they learn in school.

Wherever your students go once they graduate from your class, they will carry with them dozens of tools to help make them resilient and able to deal with the inevitable stressors that are part of life.

What Teachers Are Saying

“ASSET helps meet students’ emotional needs in order for them to excel academically and later on in life.” 
Kimberlee Lamendola, Education Supports Manager, Palmer Elementary
“ASSET helps teachers too. When I lead an ASSET tool, it provides an opportunity for both myself and my students to calm down. We then have a more productive class where students are at their prime for learning and I am teaching from a place of calm."
Denver Public Schools Teacher
“One kid dropped my AP class because they thought, ‘I’m dumb’. Another students would just freeze in class because they were so overwhelmed. I wish I had access to ASSET earlier.”
11th Grade Teacher, Denver, CO
“I have students who have anxiety issues and have told me how they are using ASSET tools in other classes before high stress events like tests...That’s a true sign it’s working!”


Beth Lakin, Teacher, North High School, Denver, CO

What Students Are Saying

“ASSET is the only thing I’ve ever learned about how to manage stress. It’s not really talked about during the day to day [in school].”
High School Student, Denver, CO
“The only thing I hear [when I get stressed] is, 'Study and you’ll be fine,' but I haven’t had any strategies to help with stress other than just study. I am so appreciative of ASSET's program and having experienced ASSET’s tools.”
High School Student, Denver, CO
“Denver Public Schools should be using strategies like this in every school. ASSET was extremely helpful to me, and our class in terms of managing stress and anxiety. Thank you ASSET!”
High School Student, Denver, CO

What's included?

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Contents

Welcome!
Getting Started with ASSET (Video)
3 mins
PDF Download of ASSET Welcome Overview
434 KB
ASSET Digital Professional Development Library
ASSET Curriculum Overview (Video)
6 mins
Tips & Tricks for Implementing ASSET (Video)
6 mins
Primer #1 Lesson Materials
Primer #1 Lesson Plan
PDF Download of Primer #1 Lesson Plan
1.07 MB
Google Slides Presentation of Primer #1 for Your Class
Primer #2 Lesson Materials
Primer #2 Lesson Plan
PDF Download of Primer #2 Lesson Plan
882 KB
PDF Download of the ASSET Toolbox Worksheet for Students
391 KB
Google Slides Presentation of Primer #2 for Your Class
Primers 1 & 2 Combined Lesson Materials
Primers 1 & 2 Combined Lesson Plan
PDF Download of Primers 1 & 2 Combined Lesson Plan
971 KB
Google Slides Presentation of Primers 1 & 2 Combined for Your Class
Introduction to Module #1: Mindfulness Lesson Materials
Introduction to Module #1: Mindfulness Lesson Plan
PDF Download of Introduction to Module #1: Mindfulness Lesson Plan
2.88 MB
Google Slides Presentation of Introduction to Module #1: Mindfulness for Your Class
M1T1: Mindful Body Scan Lesson Materials
M1T1: Mindful Body Scan Lesson Plan
PDF Download of M1T1: Mindful Body Scan Lesson Plan
1.85 MB
Google Slides Presentation of M1T1: Mindful Body Scan for Your Class
M1T2: Mindful Chocolate Activity Lesson Materials
M1T2: Mindful Chocolate Activity Lesson Plan
PDF Download of M1T2: Mindful Chocolate Activity Lesson Plan
1.7 MB
Google Slides Presentation of M1T2: Mindful Chocolate Activity for Your Class
M1T3: Grounding 5-4-3-2-1 Lesson Materials
M1T3: Grounding 5-4-3-2-1 Lesson Plan
PDF Download of M1T3: Grounding 5-4-3-2-1 Lesson Plan
1.49 MB
Google Slides Presentation of M1T3: Grounding 5-4-3-2-1 for Your Class
M1T4: Deep Breathing Lesson Materials
M1T4: Deep Breathing Lesson Plan
PDF Download of M1T4: Deep Breathing Lesson Plan
1.75 MB
Google Slides Presentation of M1T4: Deep Breathing for Your Class
M1T5: Finger Breathing Lesson Materials
M1T5: Finger Breathing in Action (Video)
4 mins
M1T5: Finger Breathing Lesson Plan
PDF Download of M1T5: Finger Breathing Lesson Plan
1.72 MB
Google Slides Presentation of M1T5: Finger Breathing for Your Class
M1T6: Mindful Listening Lesson Materials
M1T6: Mindful Listening Lesson Plan
PDF Download of M1T6: Mindful Listening Lesson Plan
1.7 MB
Google Slides Presentation of M1T6: Mindful Listening for Your Class
M1T7: Breath Counting Lesson Materials
M1T7: Breath Counting Lesson Plan
PDF Download of M1T7: Breath Counting Lesson Plan
1.72 MB
Google Slides Presentation of M1T7: Breath Counting for Your Class
M1T8: Mindful Balance Lesson Materials
M1T8: Mindful Balance Lesson Plan
PDF Download of M1T8: Mindful Balance Lesson Plan
1.7 MB
Google Slides Presentation of M1T8: Mindful Balance for Your Class
Review of Module #1: Mindfulness Lesson Materials
Review of Module #1: Mindfulness Lesson Plan
PDF Download of Review of Module #1: Mindfulness Lesson Plan
1.72 MB
Google Slides Presentation of Review of Module #1: Mindfulness for Your Class
Introduction to Module #2: Positive Psychology Lesson Materials
Introduction to Module #2: Positive Psychology Lesson Plan
PDF Download of Introduction to Module #2: Positive Psychology Lesson Plan
2.63 MB
Google Slides Presentation of Introduction to Module #2: Positive Psychology for Your Class
M2T1: Character Strengths Lesson Materials
M2T1: Character Strengths Lesson Plan
PDF Download of M2T1: Character Strengths Lesson Plan
1.5 MB
Character Strengths Worksheet To Print For Your Class
Google Slides Presentation of M2T1: Character Strengths for Your Class
Module 2: Optional Tool VIA Strength Survey Lesson Materials
Module 2: Optional Tool VIA Strength Survey Lesson Plan
PDF Download of Module 2: Optional Tool VIA Strength Survey Lesson Plan
1.5 MB
Google Slides Presentation Module 2: Optional Tool VIA Strength Survey for Your Class
M2T2: Moment of Greatness Lesson Materials
M2T2: Moment of Greatness Lesson Plan
PDF Download of M2T2: Moment of Greatness Lesson Plan
1.73 MB
Google Slides Presentation of M2T2: Moment of Greatness for Your Class
M2T3: Acts of Kindness Lesson Materials
M2T3: Acts of Kindness Lesson Plan
PDF Download of M2T3: Acts of Kindness Lesson Plan
1.5 MB
Google Slides Presentation of M2T3: Acts of Kindness for Your Class
M2T4: Reset Button Lesson Materials
Reset Button Tool in Action + Reflections (Video)
7 mins
M2T4: Reset Button Lesson Plan
PDF Download of M2T4: Reset Button Lesson
2.5 MB
PDF Download of Reset Button Worksheet to Print for Students
1.14 MB
Google Slides Presentation of M2T4: Reset Button for Your Class
M2T5: A Beautiful Day Lesson Materials
M2T5: A Beautiful Day Lesson Plan
PDF Download of M2T5: A Beautiful Day Lesson Plan
1.51 MB
Google Slides Presentation M2T5: A Beautiful Day for Your Class
Review of Module #2: Positive Psychology Lesson Materials
Review Module #2: Positive Psychology Lesson Plan
PDF Download of Review Module #2: Positive Psychology Lesson Plan
1.69 MB
Google Slides Presentation of Review Module #2: Positive Psychology for Your Class
Introduction to Module #3: Positive Self-Talk Lesson Materials
Introduction to Module #3: Positive Self-Talk Lesson Plan
PDF Download of Introduction to Module #3: Positive Self-Talk Lesson Plan
2.61 MB
Google Slides Presentation of Introduction to Module #3: Positive Self-Talk for Your Class
M3T1: I Feel vs. I Am Lesson Materials
M3T1: I Feel vs. I Am Lesson Plan
PDF Download of M3T1: I Feel vs. I Am Lesson Plan
1.48 MB
Google Slides Presentation of M3T1: I Feel vs. I Am for Your Class
M3T2: Affirmation Writing Lesson Materials
M3T2: Affirmation Writing Lesson Plan
PDF Download of M3T2: Affirmation Writing Lesson Plan
1.5 MB
Google Slides Presentation of M3T2: Affirmation Writing for Your Class
M3T3: Mental Vacation Visualization Lesson Materials
Mental Vacation Visualization Tool in Action + Reflection (Video)
8 mins
M3T3: Mental Vacation Visualization Lesson Plan
PDF Download of M3T3: Mental Vacation Visualization Lesson Plan
1.51 MB
Google Slides Presentation of M3T3: Mental Vacation Visualization
M3T4: Test-Scenario Visualization Lesson Materials
M3T4: Test-Scenario Visualization Lesson Plan
PDF Download of M3T4: Test-Scenario Visualization Lesson Plan
1.48 MB
Google Slides Presentation of M3T4: Test-Scenario Visualization for Your Class
M3T5: Community Strengths Lesson Materials
M3T5: Community Strengths Lesson Plan
PDF Download of M3T5: Community Strengths Lesson Plan
1.49 MB
Google Slides Presentation of M3T5: Community Strengths for Your Class
Review Module #3: Positive Self-Talk Lesson Materials
Review Module #3: Positive Self-Talk Lesson Plan
PDF Download of Review Module #3: Positive Self-Talk Lesson
1.69 MB
Google Slides Presentation of Review Module #3: Positive Self-Talk for Your Class
Additional Tool #1: Mindful Walking Lesson Materials
Additional Tool #1: Mindful Walking Lesson Plan
PDF Download of Additional Tool #1: Mindful Walking Lesson Plan
710 KB
Google Slides Presentation of Additional Tool #1: Mindful Walking for Your Class
Additional Tool #2: Crossing the Midline
Additional Tool #2: Crossing the Midline Lesson Plan
PDF Download of Additional Tool #2: Crossing the Midline Lesson
768 KB
Google Slides Presentation Additional Tool #2: Crossing the Midline for Your Class
Additional Tool #3: 21 Day Challenge
Additional Tool #3: 21 Day Challenge Lesson Plan
PDF Download of Additional Tool #3: 21 Day Challenge Lesson Plan
795 KB
Google Slides Presentation of Additional Tool #3: 21 Day Challenge for Your Class
Additional Tool #4: Yoga #1
Additional Tool #4: Yoga #1 Lesson Plan
PDF Download of Additional Tool #4: Yoga #1 Lesson Plan
731 KB
Google Slides Presentation of Additional Tool #4: Yoga #1
Additional Tool #5: Yoga #2
Additional Tool #5: Yoga #2 Lesson Plan
PDF Download of Additional Tool #5: Yoga #2 Lesson Plan
833 KB
Google Slides Presentation of Additional Tool #5: Yoga #2 for Your Classroom
Posters To Print For Your Classroom
Print: PDF of ASSET Poster W/ Shawn Achor Quote
266 KB
Print: PDF of ASSET Poster W/ Tools For Academic Stress
260 KB
Print: PDF of ASSET Poster W/ All Tools
303 KB
Print: PDF of ASSET Poster W/ Tools For Social Stress
238 KB
Print: PDF of ASSET Poster W/ Glennon Doyle Quote
254 KB

Excited? Let's get your whole school involved!

Any teacher can implement our curriculum, but research proves that school-wide initiatives are even more effective and profound.
Learn More About School Partnerships

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We equip teachers with a curriculum of bite-sized social-emotional learning tools to help students mitigate stress and build resilience.

FAQs

How pervasive are stress and anxiety in students?

From the SAT to GPAs, students have a lot on their plate (and that’s not even including work and personal responsibilities!). According to a case study conducted by Denver Public Schools Imaginarium Innovation Lab, 85% of students reported experiencing stress and/or anxiety on a daily basis. This stress manifests in a multitude of ways and creates an obstacle, which can prevent students from reaching their full potential.

How does the ASSET curriculum help my students deal with their stress?

ASSET equips students with the ability to "name and tame" their stress. We start with the science of stress, specifically how our brains and bodies are biologically predisposed to respond to stress through the fight, flight, or freeze response. After students can "name" their stress, ASSET gives them a variety of concrete tools to "tame" that stress. These tools are rooted in concepts like Mindfulness and Positive Psychology.

Is there a schedule to follow when implementing the curriculum in my classroom?

Yes! We recommend incorporating one ASSET tool into your academic class once a week. Including ASSET into your academic class adds a degree of gravitas to the program - students know it’s valuable because a teacher is using class time to do it. Additionally, by equipping students with one tool each week you’re building a habit of acknowledging and confronting each student’s stress and anxiety, which for some students has never happened in their academic careers.

How do I successfully roll out ASSET to my students?

Language is important. How you frame a new activity can often determine whether that activity will have success with your students, and ASSET is no different. Every iteration to our curriculum since 2015 stemmed from feedback and conversations with educators. For this reason, we strongly advise teachers to stick to the scripts we provide.

How can I get ASSET in every classroom at my school?

We're so glad you asked! Researchers, such as developmental psychologist Stephanie Jones and her team at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, find that SEL is most effective when the entire school implements the program. ASSET offers multiple partnership opportunities for schools to implement ASSET school-wide and receive additional supports. Read case studies of our school partners and learn more about partnership opportunities on our website.

How much does ASSET cost?

A one-time cost of $50 provides curriculum access for one teacher. We also welcome you into our private professional development membership community, where we are always adding new resources and facilitating expert as well as peer-to-peer training and support.

We also offer cohort discounts for school and other institutional partners. Please visit our website or reach out for more details on partnerships.

Do you offer refunds?

Due to the downloadable nature of digital content, we do not offer refunds. However, if you are unsatisfied with our curriculum for any reason, please reach out to us right away as we want all teachers who invest in ASSET to see results in their classrooms. ASSET is run by educators and advocates, and our goal here is students' well-being, not making a profit (in fact, we're a nonprofit 501(c)3)!

May I share this curriculum with my colleagues?

This curriculum was developed by teachers, so we get it, but no – please don't. The $50 license is for an individual teacher's use of the curriculum and membership in our professional development community. These fees help us provide continual updates, training, and access to a fast-growing number of students nationwide. We'd rather your colleagues apply for a scholarship so they can join and contribute to the community, rather than sharing a log in or just creating copies of your materials.

Do you ever offer reduced-cost or free access to your curriculum?

Yes, we accept scholarship applications on a rolling basis and approve requests based on financial need and fund availability. Please fill out our application form here. If you are in a position to help us fund access to those who need it, please make a 100% tax-deductible donation to ASSET Edu!

I love what you're doing, but I'm not a teacher. How can I get involved?

If you're an expert in the field of Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, or social-emotional learning in general, we're always looking for thought partners to design new tools. We'd love for you to send us a note.

Another fantastic way to get involved is by sponsoring a membership for teachers' who need financial assistance to access our curriculum and community.

I'm training to become a teacher. Will this curriculum be useful to me if I'm not actually teaching yet?

Absolutely! The more comfortable teachers are with the curriculum, the more effective their implementation will be. We also recommend teachers develop a personal practice of the tools, so when they go into the classroom, they feel confident and personally-engaged in the materials. And as a new teacher, there will be stress; ASSET tools help teachers reduce their stress, too!

Is this curriculum appropriate for all ages?

It was developed with grades 6 through 12 in mind, but intrepid educators of younger (or older) students are more than welcome to use it!

I want a little more support around implementing ASSET in my classroom. Do you offer in-person training?

We offer three forms of school partnerships where the ASSET team will come deliver on-site professional development support to your staff. If interested, please contact us.

How about a little kick-back for spreading the word about ASSET?

What a great idea! We'd be thrilled if you became an ASSET  Affiliate. You will receive 20% of every sale that results from you sharing your unique affiliate link. That's $10 for every person who enrolls at the full $50 rate using your unique membership code; cash money, which we'll deliver to you via PayPal.

In order to become an ASSET Affiliate, you must be signed into our course platform. Once signed in, go to https://members.asset-edu.org/affiliate and follow the prompts to enter your PayPal email address and get your shareable links. Thank you for spreading the word about ASSET!