About ASDN

The mission of the Alaska Staff Development Network (ASDN) is to improve student achievement by providing researched-based distance 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.

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 2013.  One third of the 2013 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.

2014-2015 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:

  • Capacity Building/Professional Development

    • Math (Priority)
    • English/Language Arts
    • Response to Instruction/Intervention
  • Standards/Instruction/Assessment

  • Educator Effectiveness

  • Adaptive Change

    • Supports
    • Communication
    • Time Management

Participation in ASDN-Sponsored Courses and Events (2006-2013)