By Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, Ph.D., Senior Scholar Kurt Lewin (1890 – 1947)—a pioneer in social psychology, “action research,” and organizational development—is widely quoted as saying a two things (among many others): “There is nothing so practical as a good theory.” “If you want truly to understand something, try to change it.” 1 The intentional dialectical […]

By Ellen Bergstrom, Project Coordinator for the Relationships for Outcomes (ROI) Initiative In early March, just before non-essential travel was cancelled and daily life in the U.S. changed dramatically with the COVID-19 pandemic, I traveled to San Pedro, California to visit Toberman Neighborhood Center, which joins with National Center for Families Learning as part of […]

equity in developmental relationships

By Jenna Sethi, Search Institute Research Scientist How can developmental relationships advance racial and socioeconomic equity among young people? That is a critical question for the 2020s in a society burdened by deep and growing inequities. The gaps that reinforce historical marginalization and discrimination are experienced far too often by our young people across the […]