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A Relationship-based Approach to Strengthening Student Motivation



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By using the REACH Survey, educators can better understand which areas of the REACH Framework the school should focus on. And using REACH’s research- and activity-packed Strategies Guidebook along with the REACH Survey’s clear, actionable data, teachers can more deliberately work on improving student’s motivation toward success.

The REACH Survey is an 85-question online survey for youth in grades 6-12 grade (ages 11-18). It’s usually completed by high school students in 20 minutes or less and by middle school students in 30 minutes or less. It provides important insight on what enhances or inhibits motivation among students in your school. It can be administered one time to capture a snapshot of the factors that influence motivation, or multiple times as a pre- and post-assessment to see changes.

The self-report survey measures the five components of the REACH Framework–Relationships, Effort, Aspirations, Cognition, and Heart–as well as external factors experienced by students at schools, such as school climate, sense of belonging in school, the perception of discrimination in school, and more.

Your survey results come in a detailed, easy-to-comprehend packet with answers broken down by groups and demographics in each section of the survey, along with an executive summary of the data. You’ll also have access to a thorough user guide for planning your survey administration, in-depth site reports, and administrative support from our expert staff.

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Strengthening Student Motivation Workshop: Building Success in School and Beyond with the REACH Framework

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A Search Institute expert will bring the REACH research, tool and techniques to life with this multi-day open-enrollment workshop. This workshop will introduce the research behind REACH Framework and how to integrate the tools and techniques into personal practice.

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

Learn More About Our Upcoming Workshop

For more information on the Strengthening Student Motivation Workshop and upcoming dates contact Mary Shrader or call 800.888.7828 ext. 526

Schoolwide Student Motivation Institute: Using the REACH Framework to Drive School Improvement

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School-wide Student Motivation Institute: Using the REACH Framework to Drive School Improvement

When it comes to research-based improvements in education, there are a lot of options to consider. But taking the insights from research into practice–especially across complex communities like schools–takes considerable vision and deliberation.

The School-wide Student Motivation Institute guides teams of school leaders toward successfully integrating the REACH Framework’s research and resources into their schools’ comprehensive improvement efforts.

Informed by improvement science principles and Search Institute’s experience with a diverse spectrum of schools, this Institute provides structure, support, and time for school teams to design effective implementation actions for their sites.

The Schoolwide Student Motivation Institute breaks implementation of the REACH Framework into manageable, logical workstreams and coaches school teams toward the creation of initial implementation schedules, roles, and responsibilities. The following topics are included:

  • Brief overview, REACH rationale and operations
  • Understand and Plan Action: REACH Components (REACH Student Survey, REACH Anchor Activities, REACH Techniques)
  • Implementation Considerations: Vitals & Logistics
  • Implementation Planning Workshop I: Prioritizing, Professional Learning (initial & continual), Methods of Initiative Monitoring
  • Implementation Planning Workshop II: Building an Initiative Calendar, Planning Communications, Owning Roles

Note: Prior completion of the Strengthening Student Motivation Workshop is recommended (but not required) to participate in this Institute.

Learn More About the Upcoming Institute

For more information on the REACH Implementation Institute and upcoming dates contact Mary Shrader or call 800.888.7828 ext. 526

REACH On-site Professional Development Day

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Let us bring increased student motivation to your location! These on-site professional development workshops can be individually designed to give your teachers an overview or a deeper dive into components of the REACH Framework — Relationships, Effort, Aspirations, Cognition, or Heart. The REACH Framework will be introduced to your entire staff and they’ll leave knowing the goals and related anchor activities for implementing REACH techniques in the classroom. The workshop includes a REACH Strategies Guidebook for each participant.

Learn More About Onsite Professional Development

To schedule a REACH On-site Professional Development workshop, contact Mary Shrader or call 800.888.7828 ext. 526