A Workshop For Leaders Who Want to Create Schools and Programs Where All Young People Experience Developmental Relationships That Help Them Be and Become Their Best Selves 

Getting Relationships Right

Why kids need relationships to be "right." The research. 

Research being conducted at Search Institute is demonstrating that when young people experience relationships with adults that are characterized by five essential elements, their outcomes are significantly better in a wide range of areas – from mastering social and emotional skills to succeeding in school – and risk behaviors such as drinking, smoking, and fighting are significantly lower. 

Getting Relationships Right will put you on the path to creating a relationship-rich environment that will enable all young people to thrive.

The workshop prepares participants to return to their schools and programs to lead professional development sessions and organizational improvement efforts that help staff build developmental relationships with all of the young people that the organization serves. To help them achieve that objective, leaders leave the workshop with:

What will Getting Relationships Right help me do? 

Detailed instructions for professional development sessions that help staff strengthen relationships.


PowerPoint presentations that facilitators can use to guide staff through professional development and organizational improvement sessions. The PowerPoint presentations all feature detailed notes that help facilitators inform and engage participants in the content of the module.


The Leader's Guide to Getting Relationships Right, which provides comprehensive instructions for facilitating professional development and organizational improvement sessions focused on helping staff build more developmental relationships with the young people they serve.



The Developmental Relationships Youth Activities Book, which includes thirty structured activities for building developmental relationships with and among young people.


December 2018 GRR Attendee

"This training is completely applicable to my organization and definitely needed!"

"Strong facilitation - strong planning - great resources - mostly based on adult learning - gives choice and engagement. Thank you for not lecturing. Loved that we were asked to facilitate and apply." 

December 2018 GRR Attendee

Teams of at least two or more people from schools, youth programs, and other organizations that serve young people. While teams can be comprised of people who play many different roles, at least one member of the team should be a leader who has responsibility for the professional development of staff or other important aspects of organizational improvement.  

Who should attend?

Yes! Studies that scholars at Search Institute and elsewhere are conducting are showing that relationships are the “active ingredient” – like fluoride in toothpaste – in schools and programs that succeed with all young people. That is why if you don’t get relationships right, you are unlikely to achieve the outcomes you seek and your young people deserve.

Is it REALLY worth my time?

Download the

Getting Relationships Right

Fact Sheet

If you don’t get relationships right, you are unlikely to achieve the outcomes you seek and your young people deserve. 

Registration and pricing

(Onsite training for your team!)

Can't Make These dates? Bring the Workshop to YOU!

Please contact [email protected] for information on group discounts (groups of 5 or more) or with any questions.

AUGUST 12-13, 2019


Daily Schedule

8:30 AM: Breakfast and Registration

9:00 AM: Workshop Start Time

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Lunch

4:30 PM: Workshop End Time


Jefferson Park Golf Club

4101 Beacon Ave S

Seattle, WA 98108


Jim Conway

CEUs Available

12 clock hours


$725 each for groups of three or more (usable at all times)

$745 individual early bird price - through July 12

$795 individual price - July 13 through August 2


Seattle Tacoma International Airport

Recommended Hotels

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Seattle

Rate $239

Use the Link or contact Justin Baker at Hilton Hotel

Direct: 206-566-5242

Email: [email protected] 

This block of rooms is available until Monday July 22nd, 2019.

*breakfast, lunch & refreshments provided

Kent Pekel is an educator who has worked at the school, district, state, federal, and university levels. Throughout his diverse career, he has sought to bridge the divides that too often exist between educational practice, research, and policy. Kent is currently President and CEO of Search Institute, an internationally recognized not-for-profit organization that conducts applied research in and creates solutions for the fields of education and youth development.

Prior to joining Search Institute in 2012, Kent served as the founding Executive Director of the University of Minnesota’s College Readiness Consortium, where he led the creation of Ramp-Up to Readiness, a college readiness program for middle and high school students that has been adopted by more than 200 schools in eight states, engaging more than 100,000 students each year. During his time at the consortium Kent also led the launch of the Minnesota Principals Academy, a year-long executive development program that to date has engaged more than 400 Minnesota school leaders in the study and replication of high performing schools and systems. 

Kent served as Executive Director of Research and Development in the Saint Paul Public Schools from 2000-2005, a period when students at every level made significant academic gains. He also led departments and initiatives focused on research and evaluation, technology, fund development, policy, high school reform, and school choice. From 1995-2000 Kent held several senior staff-level positions in the Clinton Administration, including White House Fellow assigned to the Director of Central Intelligence, Special Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of State, and Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Education. Kent began his career as a high school social studies teacher in his home state of Minnesota. He holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Yale University, a Master’s in Education from Harvard University, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Minnesota.

About the Facilitators*

Kent Pekel, Ed.D.

President and CEO, Search Institute

Fatima joined Search Institute in 2017 to provide strategic leadership and oversee development and coordination of the Relationships for Outcomes Initiative (ROI). In her role as Director of Youth and Family Solutions, she provides strategic and tactical leadership in Search Institute’s youth and family focused service area. She works closely with youth and family serving community organizations across the U.S. who are focused on improving youth outcomes by building developmental relationships with and among young people. She also consults with youth-serving agencies to build their capacity, provide high-quality youth programming and advance racial equity. In her more than 20 years in youth development, Fatima has gained extensive experience in program development and evaluation, project management, community outreach and engagement.

Before coming to Search, Fatima was the Director of Workforce Development for a local nonprofit for under-served youth and adults in North Minneapolis and the Cedar-Riverside neighborhoods. Prior to that, she led the vision and strategic direction of the citywide out-of-school time system for the City of Minneapolis. A skilled facilitator and trainer, Fatima has provided technical assistance to a number of local and national county-based human service systems and youth-serving organizations. She also serves as a consultant assisting youth-serving agencies to build their capacity in order to provide high-quality youth programming and advance racial equity.

Fatima Muhammad

Director of Youth and Family Solutions,
Search Institute

Jim Conway is a veteran trainer and speaker with over 25 years experience providing training and consultation to youth serving professionals and volunteers in educational and community-based organizations in the US and abroad. He has designed and delivered major training for Search Institute since 1995. For the last decade he also served as a lead trainer and presenter for Vision Training Associates. 

Jim has also served as a member of the national training team, National Institute on Out-of-School Time, Wellesley College, MA. 

Prior to beginning his career as a trainer and speaker on positive youth development, Jim served for 15 years in leadership roles of various programs for children and young adolescents.

Jim Conway

Trainer, Search Institute

* Facilitators vary for each session. Please check the session you are registered for to view specific facilitators for those dates. Thank you!

In her role as Vice President of Improvement Solutions, Cheryl Mayberry will extend Search Institute’s capabilities to help organizations use data, research, and process improvement to achieve their objectives for young people.

Cheryl has more than 20 years of experience as a Lean Six Sigma business consultant, operations manager, corporate auditor, project manager, and process engineer. Her diverse experience covers the private, public, and nonprofit sectors and includes work with General Electric, Target Corporation, Amoco Corporation, Medtronic, Abbott Labs, City of Minneapolis, Anoka County-Minnesota, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities United Way, Harvest Network of Schools, Sanneh Foundation, and the African American Leadership Forum.

As a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Cheryl has worked with organizations to develop and implement customized performance improvement plans. This includes alignment of strategic goals to core processes, organizational design with clear roles and responsibilities, elimination of non-value added activities, and development of repeatable and reliable processes. The ultimate objective is to deliver optimal value to clients at the lowest overall cost to the organization. Cheryl has extensive experience sustaining improvements and bringing transparency to achieving organizational goals with performance measurement systems tailored to data infrastructure and capabilities.

Cheryl Mayberry

VP Improvement Solutions, 

Search Institute

Eric Kalenze’s career in education has included posts in teaching, coaching, administration and consulting. Building upon ten years as a high-school English teacher, Eric Kalenze’s career in education has included posts in administration and consulting. He is the author of the 2014 book Education Is Upside-Down: Reframing Reform to Focus on the Right Problems and he regularly contributes pieces about education practice, research, and reform to publications like Education Week, Education Post, The Hechinger Report, and TES US, as well as to his blog, ‘A Total Ed Case’.

He holds a B.A. in English from Carleton College and a Masters in Education from the University of Minnesota, and he lives in Minnesota’s Twin Cities metro area with his wife, two daughters and one Puggle.

Eric Kalenze

Director of Education Solutions,

Search Institute

Getting Relationships Right is a collection of resources for professional development and organizational improvement that enable leaders of youth programs, schools, and other youth-serving organizations to strengthen the relationships they build with young people. The content of Getting Relationships Right is based upon the applied research that Search Institute is now conducting to understand and strengthen the role of developmental relationships in the lives of all young people, notably including those who are growing up in marginalized communities and who face barriers to success such as poverty, racism, and discrimination. 

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