Create a Culture of 

Increased Student Motivation

Studies have shown that between 40 and 60% of U.S. high school students are disengaged from learning and don't put much effort into school (National Research Council, 2004). In fact, an extensive review of the scholarly literature recently concluded that, “Children’s interest, enthusiasm, and intrinsic motivation for learning in school deteriorate continuously from their entry into kindergarten until they complete high school (or drop out), with striking losses during the transitions to middle school and high school. The erosion of motivation is especially severe for boys and for students from low socioeconomic, minority, and immigrant backgrounds” (Skinner et al, 2012). 

This crisis of academic motivation is much on the minds of America’s teachers, 69% of whom reported on a recent national survey that low motivation is a major problem in their classrooms (Yeager et al, 2014). 

Fortunately, from grit to growth mindset there is a growing body of research that educators can use to strengthen students’ motivation to learn. Unfortunately, that body of research is large, complex, and sometimes contradictory. 

To help educators understand and implement the conclusions that scholars have reached through decades of studies, Search Institute has created the REACH System, which breaks the task of strengthening student motivation down into five essential strategies:

  • Building developmental Relationships with and among students
  • Helping students understand how Effort can increase intelligence 
  • Connecting students' current actions to their future Aspirations 
  • Teaching students about the role of Cognition in delaying gratification and managing learning
  • Ensuring that students know and are known for the deep interests and values in their Hearts

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Strengthening Student Motivation Workshop

Building Success in School and Beyond with the REACH System

Get notified when the next REACH workshop opens for enrollment!

We don't need to tell you what a positive impact increased student motivation can make in your classroom or school.

That's why we'd like to invite you to our new Strengthening Student Motivation Workshop.

In this workshop, you'll get grounded in the research behind REACH so that you can integrate the tools and techniques into your own personal practice. 

This introductory workshop prepares educators to build young people’s social-emotional strengths.

Strengthening Student Motivation Workshop:

Building Success in School and Beyond with the REACH System

See the Impact of REACH in Wayzata East Middle School:

Each workshop attendee receives a printed copy of the REACH Strategies Guidebook with activities (called Anchor Activities) and strategies for increasing student motivation.

This introductory workshop prepares educators to use the tools and approaches of the REACH System to build young people’s social-emotional strengths. The following topics are included:

  • Introduction to the importance of social-emotional strengths
  • Academic motivation and persistence
  • Development of social-emotional strengths
  • Key ideas for implementing The REACH System
  • Anchor Activities and REACH Techniques for educators to strengthen students’ academic motivation.
  • Each participant will receive a free copy of the REACH Strategies Guidebook.

What's Included

Register for the workshop:

Location: 3001 Broadway Street NE, Lower Level Conference Room D,

Minneapolis, MN 55413

Workshop fee includes:

REACH Strategies Guidebook

Workshop materials

Breakfast & lunch 

Refreshments & Snacks

CEU’s Provided (12 clock hours)

For ​more ​information, ​contact ​Mary ​Shrader ​or ​call ​800-888-7828 Ext 526

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No events scheduled at this time. A typical schedule follows:

Daily Schedule

8:00 to 8:30 AM Breakfast and Registration

8:30 AM Workshop Start Time

12:00 Lunch

4:30 PM Workshop End Time 

Recommended Hotel Options

Radisson Red Hotel Minneapolis

609 S 3rd Street

Minneapolis, MN, 55415

(612) 252-5400

Airport & Transportation

The closest airport is Minneapolis- St. Paul International airport (MSP), approximately a 20- to 30-minute drive from downtown, where the workshop will be held. 

Airport Transportation

Rental Car: All major car rental companies are available at the airport. 

Light Rail: Minneapolis' light rail's Hiawatha Line runs every 7-15 minutes and will take you to the US Bank Stadium Station, just blocks from the hotels, in less than 30 minutes. Cost is $2.25 (at rush hour) or $1.75 (off-peak times). Once you arrive, contact your hotel for complimentary shuttles to pick you up and take you to the hotel.

Taxi: Available 24 hours a day, taxi service will cost from $30-$45. Lyft and Uber are also available.

Super Shuttle: SuperShuttle offers shared van service for $16 per person. Call 800-258-3826 to schedule or for more information.

Once you are downtown, bus and lightrail trains are readily available.

What educators say about REACH:

“They break it into small chunks but more importantly you give us very applicable strategies in using this research.” 

Alan Reeder, Deputy Superintendent, Lyon County School District, Nevada

“In 18 years I haven’t come across a philosophy that is to me more applicable to our school. It will be accepted and embraced by our staff because it fits so well. It gives to us a common language and a way to articulate the philosophy we’re trying to use to foster independent thinking, achieving young people.”

Kathryn Robinson, Psychologist, 

Eagan High School, Minnesota

“This has by far been the most beneficial workshop I’ve been to. The topics are explained in several different ways. I also like that we’re able to try the anchor activities ourselves and that we have the Guidebook to fall back on.”

Lisa Thom, 

Guidance Counselor, Grantsburg School district, Wisconsin

The workshop is designed for:


• Middle and high school principals

• Superintendents

• Curriculum directors

• Testing directors

• Middle and high school teachers

• Middle and high school counselors

• Parent teacher organizations

• Education related non-profit organizations

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