Strengthening Student Motivation Workshop: Building Success​ in School and Beyond with the REACH Framework - June 21—23, 2017


2017-Jun-21 to 2017-Jun-23

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wed and Thurs
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Fri

Status: Currently open for registration.

Studies have shown that between 40 and 60% of U.S. high school students are disengaged from learning and don't put much effort into school (National Research Council, 2004). In fact, an extensive review of the scholarly literature recently concluded that, “Children’s interest, enthusiasm, and intrinsic motivation for learning in school deteriorate continuously from their entry into kindergarten until they complete high school (or drop out), with striking losses during the transitions to middle school and high school. The erosion of motivation is especially severe for boys and for students from low socioeconomic, minority, and immigrant backgrounds” (Skinner et al, 2012).

This crisis of academic motivation is much on the minds of America’s teachers, 69% of whom reported on a recent national survey that low motivation is a major problem in their classrooms (Yeager et al, 2014).

Fortunately, from grit to growth mindset there is a growing body of research that educators can use to strengthen students’ motivation to learn. Unfortunately, that body of research is large, complex, and sometimes contradictory. To help educators understand and implement the conclusions that scholars have reached through decades of studies, Search Institute has created the REACH Framework, which breaks the task of strengthening student motivation down into five essential strategies:

  • Building developmental Relationships with and among students
  • Helping students understand how Effort can increase intelligence
  • Connecting students' current actions to their future Aspirations
  • Teaching students about Cognition’s role in delaying gratification and managing learning
  • Ensuring that students know and are known for the deep interests and values in their Hearts

Our new Strengthening Student Motivation Workshop uses our REACH Framework to help schools measure and improve student motivation. This workshop will introduce you research-based strategies to bring you on a personal journey to learn about the way that kids internalize learning.

The letters in REACH summarize the components of our REACH Framework: Relationships, Effort, Aspiration, Cognition, and Heart.

Each workshop includes the REACH Strategies Guidebook which features lesson and projects (called Anchor Activities) These are the tools and strategies that educators can apply to help students bolster their social and emotional skills.

This introduction workshop prepares educators to use the tools and approaches of the REACH Framework to build young people’s character strengths, 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 Framework
  • Anchor Activities and REACH Techniques for educators to strengthen students’ academic motivation.

Each participant will receive a free copy of the REACH Strategies Guidebook.

Price: $695.00 (includes REACH guidebook, workshop materials, breakfast, refreshments) Lunch on your own in the Mall.
Price: $645.00 if you register before April 3rd

For ​more ​information, ​contact ​Mary ​Shrader ​at ​or ​call ​800-888-7828 Ext 526.

Mall of America Executive Center
410 E Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425

Registration Deadline: 

Friday, June 9, 2017

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