The Search Institute has has identified 40 developmental assets--divided into external and internal-- that help students grow up to be healthy, caring, and responsible. Teachers can address many of them:
- External asset--support--caring school climate: Child experiences warm, welcoming relationships with teachers, caregivers, and peers at school.
- External asset--empowerment--service to others: Child has opportunities to serve in the community with adult support and approval.
- External asset--boundaries and expectations--school boundaries: Schools have clear, consistent rules and consequences and uses a positive approach to discipline.
- External asset--boundaries and expectations--adult role models: Parent(s) and other adults model positive, responsible behavior and encourage the child to follow these examples.
- External asset--boundaries and expectations--high expectations: Parent(s), teachers, and other influential adults encourage the child to do her or his best in all tasks and celebrate their successes.
- External asset--constructive use of time--child programs: Child participates weekly in at least one sport, club, or organization within the school or community.
- Internal asset--commitment to learning--learning engagement: Child is enthused about learning and going to school.
- Internal asset--commitment to learning--bonding to school: Child is encouraged to have and feels a sense of belonging at school.
- Internal asset--social competencies--cultural competence: Child continues to learn about her or his own culture identity and is encouraged to interact positively with children of different racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.
- Internal asset--positive identity--self-esteem: Child likes herself or himself and feels valued by others.
For more information on the 40 assets, the 40 assets by age levels, a Spanish translation of the assets, and much more valuable information visit the website http://www.search-institute.org/