The Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative® Toolkit provides the basics steps needed to create a comprehensive, long-term asthma management plan; however, there are still many more valuable resources, tools and information that can be found to support program planning and implementation. Please take time to review the following resources during the Master Planning phase.

Organizational Websites

In addition to the American Lung Association, the following websites are managed by reputable organizations and provide numerous resources to support healthy schools and asthma-friendly school efforts. These sites are recommended as part of the initial research conducted prior to creating and implementing a comprehensive asthma management plan in schools.

Administrative Resources

American Academy of Pediatrics

  • Schooled in Asthma – Program designed to help pediatricians understand school health services and asthma management in schools.

American Association of School Administrators

American Lung Association

Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America



National Association of School Nurses

  • Managing Asthma Triggers – Comprehensive school nurse education module, including asthma basics, asthma management, curriculum, resources guides and presentations.

NHLBI National Asthma Education and Prevent Program

Asthma Education & Curricular Resources

American Lung Association

  • Asthma Basics – an online learning module for individuals with asthma, parents and caregivers to learn more about identifying symptoms, asthma management skills such as avoiding or limiting exposure to asthma triggers and taking asthma medicines as directed, and steps to respond to a breathing emergency.
  • Asthma Educator Institute® – Two-day preparatory course that teaches guideline-based care and prepares participants to complete the National Asthma Educator Certification Board exam.
  • Open Airway For Schools® – Interactive educational program that consists of six 40-minute sessions. The program is led by a certified facilitator for students aged 8 to 11 years old.

Find additional asthma information and resources from the American Lung Association.

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

  • Power Breathing™ – Empowering teen program in three 90-minute sessions or six 45 minutes sessions. Includes the Class Dismissed! board game to test asthma knowledge.

National Environmental Education & Training Foundation

NHLBI's National Asthma Education and Prevention Program

  • Asthma Awareness Curriculum for the Elementary Classroom – K-6 curriculum designed to develop basic understanding of asthma.
  • Starbright® Foundation Quest for the Code® – Online game targeted to youth ages 7 15 and featuring celebrity voices. The program is available in English and Spanish.

Physical Activity & Asthma Resources

Centers for Disease Prevention and Promotion

Minnesota Department of Health Asthma Program and the Utah Department of Health Asthma Program

  • Winning with Asthma – Designed to provide education to coaches, physical education instructors and referees about asthma. The online program provides basic information about asthma, how to handle an emergency, and guidance as to how to help students manage their symptoms so they can participate in activities when able.

SHAPE America

NHLBI's National Asthma Education and Prevention Program

Office of the Surgeon General

Air Quality Program Resources


Oregon State University

  • Hydroville Curriculum Project – High School curriculum focused on strengthening critical thinking, teamwork and problem-solving skills by getting students work in teams to solve environmental health issues based on real-life scenarios.

U.S. Department of Education

  • Green Ribbon Schools – Recognition program that honors schools for exemplary work in establishing a green and healthy learning environment.

Tobacco Free Program Resources

American Lung Association

  • Freedom From Smoking® and Freedom From Smoking® Online – Premiere adult tobacco cessation program.
  • NOT® (Not On Tobacco) – Teen cessation program designed for voluntary participation. The program incorporates life management skills, including dealing with stress, decision-making, and peer and family relationships.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Community Organizing & Program Planning Resources


National Association of State Boards of Education

  • How Schools Work and How to Work with Schools – A resource guide presenting an overview of the mission of educations and detailed discussion of the structure and work of schools from a local, district, state and national level.

Advocacy Resources

Lung Association

  • State Legislated Action on Tobacco Issues – State-by-state guide to tobacco control laws in the 50 states and District of Columbia, includes smoking restrictions, cigarette excise tax, preemptive state tobacco control laws and smoker protection laws.

Asthma and Allergy Network/Mothers of Asthmatics

  • Medications at School – Listing of all state laws regarding a student's ability to self-carry and self-administer asthma and allergy medications.

Action for Healthy Kids

  • Wellness Policy Tool – Eight steps to support the creation of a wellness policy that meets your school's or district's unique needs and resources.

Environmental Law Institute

Midwest Academy

National Association of State Boards of Education

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