Asset Linkages to Education.doc
SEARCH INSTITUTE ASSET FRAMEWORK
REFLECTION IN SCHOOL BOARD POLICY
-by- Dr. Donald Draayer, Search Institute Associate
Superintendent of Schools – 22 years
1990-91 National Superintendent of the Year
Introduction: Promotion of positive influences (called developmental ASSETS) in student learning, growth,
and development must occur in all areas of school life including School Board policy.
All citizens including school board members and school executives should create and review school board
policies in lights of powerful national research which shows conclusively the high correlation between the
positive influences (ASSETS) we put into lives of children and youth and the academic, social, and personal
choices made by these same students.
The policies identified below are extracted from the Policy Notebook of Minnetonka School District, 5621
County Road 101, Minnetonka, Minnesota 55345. They are cited not as model policies but as representative
policies which address asset building in the school district setting. Those with an asterisk (*) are thought by the
writer to easily overlooked in many school districts.
* C-1 CALENDAR AND FAMILY / COMMUNITY PERIODS: This policy sets aside Wednesday
evening as a non-school night so families and community agencies such as religious institutions can have
protected time with youth and engage a broader array of community stakeholders in the promotion of assets.
The SUPPORT and TIME USE building blocks in asset development are thereby expanded.
* C-10 COMPLIMENTARY ADMISSION TO SCHOOL EVENTS: This policy provides a free pass to
senior citizens so they can attend all school events. In effect, it encourages multi-generations to come together
and become (or remain) positive influences in lives of youth which is part of the SUPPORT BUILDING
BLOCK in asset development.
DRUG FREE SCHOOL POLICY FOR STUDENTS: This policy sets forth clear BOUNDARY
LINES AND EXPECTATIONS for youth (an asset building block) r