The REACH Process: A Workshop Series

REACH
With The REACH Process Workshop Series, you will gain insight into middle and high school students’ character strengths that are essential for motivating them to become self-propelled young adults. The REACH Process helps schools measure student motivation and put in place research-based strategies for strengthening it. The letters in the acronym REACH summarize the components of this promising new model: Relationships, Effort, Aspiration, Cognition, and Heart.

Each workshop includes Anchor Activities and REACH Techniques educators can apply to help students bolster their social and emotional skills. An Anchor Activity is a lesson or project through which students gain foundational understanding of the key ideas behind REACH and REACH Techniques are approaches that educators use to help students transfer what they learned through the Anchor Activity to the ways they think and act in school and other areas of their lives.

REACH: Introduction to Academic Motivation Workshop

This introduction workshop prepares educators to use the tools and approaches of the REACH Process or to implement other approaches to building young people’s character strengths, or what are often called non-cognitive skills. The following topics are included:

  • Introduction to the importance of character strengths
  • Development of character strengths
  • Academic motivation and persistence
  • Key ideas for implementing The REACH Process
  • Anchor Activities and REACH Techniques for educators to strengthen students’ academic motivation

Building Developmental Relationships Workshop

The relationships workshop helps educators form the types of relationships with and among students that Search Institute’s new research is showing can powerfully advance the development of character strengths in young people (Pekel et al., 2015). Those studies are finding that developmental relationships are a dynamic mix of five essential elements: expressing care, challenging growth, providing support, sharing power, and expanding possibility. The following topics are included:

  • Definition of developmental relationships
  • Discussion of the 5 essential elements and the accompanying actions educators can take with students
  • Anchor Activities and REACH Techniques to help educators to build developmental relationships with and among students

Increasing Effort Workshop

The effort workshop grounds participants in the extensive body of research that shows that the way students view their own intelligence has a powerful influence on the effort they put into school (Dweck & Master, 2009). The following topics are included:

  • Fixed and growth mindsets
  • Opportunities to learn and grow provided by mistakes and failures
  • Guidance on providing feedback and setting goals for students
  • Anchor Activities and REACH Techniques for educators to help students develop growth mindsets

Raising Aspirations Workshop

The aspirations workshop introduces educators to the importance of helping all students develop a positive view of themselves in the future and connecting their ability to become that positive possible self to the actions they do—or do not—take every day (Schneider & Stevenson, 1999; Hershfield et al., 2011). The following topics are included:

  • Students’ sense of purpose in life and its role in motivation
  • Helping students develop a vision of their best possible selves
  • Anchor Activities and REACH Techniques educators can use to help students develop positive views of themselves

Strengthening Cognition Workshop

The cognition workshop engages educators in understanding and practicing strategies for helping young people learn to think about their own thinking to achieve goals and complete tasks in school and beyond (Duckworth et al., 2013; Kahneman, 2011; Mischell, 2014). The following topics are included:

  • Review of recent research, including the brain’s “hot” and “cold” systems
  • The WOOP Process (Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, Plan) through which students concurrently consider the benefits of achieving a goal and the obstacles to reaching it, and then identify ways to overcome those obstacles
  • Anchor Activities and REACH Techniques for educators to help students make good decisions and manage impulses

Leveraging Heart Workshop

The heart workshop introduces educators to the ways that students’ deep interests—or what Search Institute calls sparks—can be leveraged to promote motivation in school and in other areas of life. Participants also review research that finds that when students understand and share their deeply held values, it can powerfully buffer them against stereotype threat and other forms of bias (Steele, 2010). The following topics are included:

  • The impact of students’ ability to identify and nurture a skill, interest, or talent
  • Addressing high motivation in sparks but low motivation in school
  • Anchor Activities and REACH Techniques for educators to help young people identify, reflect on, and share their sparks and values

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