By James Nelson

Using REACH to Improve Student Motivation: A View from an Administrator’s Seat

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This week’s post is provided by guest blogger James Nelson, Dean of Students at Risen Christ Catholic School in Minneapolis, MN.  Located in South Minneapolis and serving a highly diverse population, Risen Christ is the only dual-language-immersion Catholic school in all of Minnesota. James’s middle school team has been learning about and implementing REACH research and resources since the beginning of this school year.

By James Nelson

At the end of the 2015-16 school year, our middle school staff expressed serious concern about a perceived drop in our students’ motivation. Teachers did not have hard evidence of this dip, but their teaching instincts told them that kids’ motivation was just not on par with what they’d been used to witnessing.

Based on these conclusions, the middle school team decided to work more purposefully on improving students’ motivation in 2016-17, and they asked our school’s president to look for a professional development program that could help us better understand and address the issue.

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