REACH | Search Institute

A relationship-based system to strengthen student motivation

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Measure and Improve Student Motivation

The REACH System provides tools to measure and improve academic motivation. It examines social and emotional factors such as Relationships, Effort, Aspirations, Cognition, and Heart along with other key variables that affect students motivation and engagement.

Students’ motivation to learn can be significantly increased with educators use the strategies captured in the REACH System:   

• Build developmental Relationships with and among students

• Help students understand how Effort can increase intelligence

• Connect students’ current actions to their future Aspirations

• Teach students about the role of Cognition in delaying gratification and managing learning

• Ensure that students know and are known for the deep interests and values in their Hearts


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REACH Survey provides schools with a valid and reliable measure of key social, emotional and other factors that shape students’ motivation to learn.

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The Strengthening Student Motivation Workshop helps you get grounded in the research behind REACH and create a plan to integrate the REACH tools and techniques.

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The Schoolwide Student Motivation Institute is designed for the school that wants to implement the REACH system throughout their school or district.

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REACH On-site Professional Development Days allow you to bring an expert to your school to engage staff in learning about and using REACH strategies.

Download a FREE chapter of the REACH Strategies Guidebook

This chapter of the REACH Strategies Guidebook includes two engaging activities that let students think about and create visual maps of the relationships that matter in their lives.

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See how Wayzata East Middle School, uses REACH across classrooms to build motivation:

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"It is so intuitive and yet innovative at the same time. REACH is anchored in what [the teachers] intuitively know is good for kids and it just gives a common language to talk about it."

Kathryn Robinson

Psychologist, Eagan High School