40 Development Assets

Building Resiliency Through Developmental Assets

In 1990, Search Institute released a framework of 40 Developmental Assets which continues to influence the work adults do with youth everyday. Although there are many assets that are seen as building blocks for healthy development, this “Top 40” list of skills, experiences, relationships, and behaviors are the ones that research showed have the most impact on helping youth grow up to be healthy, caring, and responsible adults.

The research behind resiliency tells us that we must shift to a strength-based perspective in order to reach and build resiliency in our youth. In 2011, Search Institute delved further into what makes students thrive in their research project, Teen Voice 2009: The Untapped Strengths of 15-Year-Olds . They found that helping students discover and develop their “sparks”, that creating opportunities for students to develop and utilize their “voice” to make an impact on the world, and that connecting youth in positive adult relationships were key factors in engaging our youth.

Through training and interactive experiences, Collaborative Learning Solutions can train your staff on how to embed these skills in instruction and make them an everyday element of educating youth.


Collaborative Learning Solutions (CLS) assists districts, school-sites and county  offices of education with developing, implementing and sustaining quality  programs that meet the behavioral, emotional and mental health needs of  students. To achieve this, CLS consultants employ a coaching model that focuses  heavily on data: consistency of data collection, defined protocols for analyzing  data, and detailed action plans with clearly defined measurable  outcomes.

Consultation Technical Assistance

CLS supports districts and school sites with meeting the behavior, social-emotional and mental health needs of ALL students.  Through individual consultation and technical assistance, CLS currently supports districts in the following areas…

PBIS Data Management System

One essential element of a strong PBIS system is the use of data to make decisions (Sugai and Horner, 2004). Office discipline referrals (ODR), suspensions and expulsions are key data points used to (1) develop school-wide intervention plans, and (2) determine which students might require Tier II and/or Tier III interventions. As such, it is imperative for school systems to have an accurate data management system for discipline data.