About ASDN

The mission of the Alaska Staff Development Network (ASDN) is to improve student achievement by providing researched-based online learning and face-to-face professional development programs for Alaska’s teachers and school administrators.

ASDN is a statewide partnership initiated in 1983 that includes Alaska’s 53 school districts, four colleges and universities, the Department of Education and Early Development, the Alaska Association for Secondary School Principals, the Alaska Association of Elementary School Principals, NEA-Alaska, and a number of professional education associations. ASDN is administered by the Alaska Council of School Administrators.

We believe that the unique professional growth needs of Alaska’s teachers and administrators can be best met by strengthening collaborative relationships among these groups.

  • Our online courses and face-to-face institutes expand the staff development opportunities available to all educators, especially those in rural districts.
  • Our classes and events had more than 5,000 registrants in 2015.  One third of the 2015 registrants enrolled in more than one ASDN activity.
  • ASDN focuses on priorities established by school districts and professional organizations statewide.
  • Key leaders from all districts and past program participants are surveyed annually to help set our professional learning priorities.
  • ASDN also forms partnerships that bring significant additional resources to school districts and associations in the state.

Click HERE to see if your school district or organization is a Tier One or Tier Two ASDN Member.

2016 Priorities

Our  priorities were developed at our Annual Meeting in April.  Our work was informed by our comprehensive statewide needs assessment of education leaders across Alaska.  Our goal is to provide a variety of professional learning that comprehensively addresses the following priority areas:

Professional Learning in Effective Instruction and Effective Assessment, focus on:

  • Alaska Math Standards
  • Alaska English/Language Arts Standards
  • Response to Instruction/Intervention
  • Personalized Learning

Participation in ASDN-Sponsored Courses and Events (2006-October 2015)