Asset Development in La Plata County

Developmental Asset of the Month

Asset #22       School Engagement – Young person is actively engaged in learning.

Local Data: 65% of La Plata County youth report school engagement as described in Asset #22.  (Assets Survey 2015)

Essential Question: In what ways does our family reinforce commitment to learning for our children?

Tips for increasing positive school engagement:

  • Stay in touch with your child’s school experience by asking specific questions about their day – including what went well and what was challenging. Reinforce a school subject by having a whole family conversation about it at the dinner table.
  • If your child experiences boredom in the classroom, talk with his or her teacher about providing enriching assignments that will give more challenge. Seek mentors outside of school who can provide more depth to topics or issues your child is interested in to cultivate a love of learning.
  • When you talk about school, stay positive. Let your children know learning can be an enjoyable life-long pursuit.

Source: Search Institute 40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents

“The Developmental Assets are 40 research-based, positive qualities that influence young people’s development, helping them become caring, responsible, and productive adults. Based in youth development, resiliency, and prevention research, the Developmental Assets framework has proven to be effective and has become the most widely used approach to positive youth development in the United States and, increasingly, around the world.” (http://www.search-institute.org/)