Upcoming Professional Development Workshops

Anyone can join us for these engaging, action-orientated open-enrollment professional development workshops held at various locations across the United States. Check below to see what’s coming up!


Getting Relationships Right


A Workshop for Leaders Who Want to Create Schools and Programs Where All Young People Experience Developmental Relationships

Developmental Relationships are close connections through which young people discover who they are, gain abilities to shape their own lives, and learn how to interact with and contribute to the world around them. This workshop lays the foundation for youth-serving organizations to introduce and begin implementing Search Institute’s Developmental Relationship framework. Participants will leave ready to be more intentional and inclusive in building developmental relationships with and among young people.

Available on the following dates:

Seattle, WA–August 12-13, 2019
Registration Deadline: August 5 (early bird July 12)

Richmond, VA–October 17-18, 2019
Registration Deadline: October 7 (early bird September 17)



Essentials of Asset Building for Trainers & Facilitators

October 21-22, 2019
Hartford, CT

November 12-13, 2019
Ft. Wayne, IN

Join us for the energizing two-day Essentials of Asset Building for Trainers and Facilitators workshop. This training will prepare you to deliver two core Search Institute designed workshops to your own community: Everyone’s an Asset Builder and Sharing the Asset Message. Developmental Assets® are the experiences, opportunities, skills, and qualities that help young people make responsible and healthy choices. Research has consistently demonstrated that the more Developmental Assets® young people have in their lives, the better their chances of succeeding in school and becoming a happy, healthy, and contributing member of their communities and society.

Registration Deadline: August 12 (early bird July 19)


Developmental Relationships & Sparks

AUGUST 23, 2019
Hartford, CT


This workshop combines the Developmental Relationship Framework with Search Institute’s research on Sparks – a special quality, skill, or interest that a young person is passionate about and that unleashes their energy and joy. Helping youth explore their sparks can provide a gateway to building the kind of meaningful connections consistent with a developmental relationship approach to helping youth thrive. Participants will be introduced to the research-based framework and practical tools for maximizing those relationships in the lives of youth.

Registration Deadline: August 12 (early bird July 19)

Keep Connected Institute for Strengthening Family Relationships


This 2-day workshop, designed for teams of 2 or more, will teach you how to bring Keep Connected to your community, school or program – and give you the tools for success! Healthy, strong family relationships are foundational to young people’s growth, learning, and well-being. These relationships build strong social and emotional strengths that kids use throughout their lives. But great family relationships don’t just happen. Keep Connected offers all kinds of families – and organizations that support them  ideas, activities, and experiences to help build strong family relationships. Our goal is to strengthen family relationships to help kids be and become their best selves.

Registration Deadline: NA



Strengthening Student Motivation Workshop

Building Success in School and Beyond with the REACH Framework


This 2-day 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.

Registration Deadline: NA


Can’t attend one of these dates? Contact Mary Shrader about bringing a workshop to you or visit our open enrollment workshop FAQ page.