Developmental Assets

[Assets in Action] Susan Scott

Meet Susan Scott

Susan Scott is Assistant Principal as Columbus North High School. Part of Susan’s role as Assistant Principal is gathering materials for students and coordinating support services as well as special needs programs. She got involved with Developmental Assets because she has watched kids struggle in school and believes that when students’ emotions are in the right place, they can open their minds.


What Susan has been doing as a facilitator

Susan has lead 20-25 trainings with secondary principals and administrators on Developmental Assets. A key factor for Susan in integrating Developmental Assets, is to tie it into initiatives the schools are already working on such as PBIS and UDL. 

“We didn’t want it to be something else, but instead have it connected to what we’re already doing in our building."

Susan has also been sharing information on Developmental Assets with parents through the school's summer newsletter. She has also been sending out an email once a week to teachers with an article or idea that people are using in classrooms dealing with social and emotional learning. 

To coordinate their training efforts and Developmental Assets results, BCSC has been using Counseling Counts. There, they keep track of the work they have been doing to help students develop, as well as the data they have been gathering.

In January 2018, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp surveyed approximately 72% of the school population in grades sixth through twelfth in Columbus, IN, using Search Institute’s survey, Developmental Assets Profile. Some key findings from this survey are shown here.

Written by: Kate Stewart, CYD Fellowship

[Assets in Action] Barb Newton

Meet Barb Newton

Barb Newton is the director of First Presbyterian Preschool. Having taught in BCSC public schools before her current position, Barb is all about helping each child feel connected and loved. She is passionate about developmental assets because the assets are needed from birth on. The developmental assets allow us all to participate to help the child grow and find their place in our community. 

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What Barb has been doing as a facilitator

One way Barb has been sharing information about the assets is by simply talking with parents she meets across the community. She had one conversation at the Supply Giveaway Event that stood out to her:

I spoke to one mom and she said,"I am always looking for ways to help my daughter to grow up into a happy, responsible kid.  We had Family Service help and now I would love to have another way to help her as she grows.  She is going to kindergarten this year and that is a big step." As I handed her the Did You Know brochure, she was most appreciative and said she would check out the website as well. Parenting is a tough job and the Developmental Assets help us to define what we can do to help our children thrive! 

Barb has also implemented Developmental Assets into First Presbyterian Preschool. The teachers do a variety of activities at their staff retreat as well as with their students at the beginning of the year. They also created posters on the Developmental Assets and posted them around the building as a way to educate those in the building. Each poster explains an asset category and breaks down what adults can do for kids in different early learning stages. Check out their amazing work:


Written by: Kate Stewart, CYD Fellowship