The Decision Education Foundation

The Decision Education Foundation DEF is a nonprofit dedicated to equipping youth in communities everywhere with the Decision Tools to create a great future. Check out learning opportunities at our website www.decisioneducation.org.
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Better decisions make better lives.

Mission: Better Decisions, Better Lives. DEF's mission is to empower youth with effective Decision Skills that enhance their prospects for better lives in today's challenging and uncertain world.

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To create more opportunities for engaging youth in learning the importance of Decision Skills, DEF is supporting the cre...
08/06/2020
Documentary - Born Ready: A Mixed Legacy

To create more opportunities for engaging youth in learning the importance of Decision Skills, DEF is supporting the creators of a film documentary about the impactful choices of basketball start Len Bias. Please financially support this new effort with your tax-deductible contribution to the Indiegogo campaign. GoGrady Media will not only create a highly professional film, they also will expand their youth-centered program, 34+1, whose mission is to promote effective decision making. https://igg.me/at/def-BornReady-len-bias https://www.gogradymedia.com/34-1 https://www.decisioneducation.org/len-bias-documentary-fundraiser

Captures the complex impacts that former UMD basketball star Len Bias's decisions made on his legacy | Check out 'Documentary - Born Ready: A Mixed Legacy' on Indiegogo.

Check out this opportunity to be part of a Decision Education Fellowship at the Alliance for Decision Education. The All...
05/15/2020
Decision Education Fellowship

Check out this opportunity to be part of a Decision Education Fellowship at the Alliance for Decision Education.

The Alliance for Decision Education is a national educational nonprofit dedicated to the belief that better decisions lead to better lives and a better society. Their mission is to improve lives by empowering students with essential decision skills.

The Alliance is launching a Decision Education Fellowship for teachers this summer and upcoming school year. They are seeking teachers who are interested in designing critical thinking and decision making lessons that can be incorporated into core subjects. Fellows will work collaboratively over the summer and during the school year with co-participants and Alliance team members. All work can be done remotely. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, Fellows will receive a $3,000 stipend for their work. The deadline to apply is May 24.

To learn more about the Fellowship, please visit their website: alliancefordecisioneducation.org/teach/fellowship.

We are seeking middle and high school teachers interested in joining a Decision Education instructional resource development project. Selected teachers will work collaboratively to create critical thinking and decision making lessons that can be incorporated into core subjects. These lesson “overl...

DEF's Chris Spetzler will be the keynote speaker May 8th for OSSA (Oregon Small Schools Association) to talk aboutEmbrac...
04/28/2020

DEF's Chris Spetzler will be the keynote speaker May 8th for OSSA (Oregon Small Schools Association) to talk about

Embracing Uncertainty: Confident decision amid shifting reality.

Best laid plans must adapt to our new reality with uncertainty stretching into next fall. Having an effective framework to handle difficult decisions will help you support students even when confronting challenging tradeoffs. With the COVID crisis as context, Chris Spetzler will share how educators, administrators and students benefit from decision skills, a common language, and practical tools for making high-quality decisions.
https://www.cosa.k12.or.us/events/2020ossavirtual

02/26/2020

If you're in southern CA, catch DEF's Chris Spetzler at the Educating for Careers Conference in Long Beach. His breakout session is 1pm - 3:30pm Thursday Feb, 27.

01/23/2020

If you're in Oregon, catch DEF's Chris Spetzler at the OACOA/OASE/OASBO Conference at the Salishan Resort today through Saturday.

When you shop at smile.amazon and select Decision Education Foundation as your charity, DEF receives a donation from Ama...
11/26/2019

When you shop at smile.amazon and select Decision Education Foundation as your charity, DEF receives a donation from Amazon which helps us reach more students!

See DEF's Executive Director present about Engaging Students with 21st Century Decision Making Skills at this year's STE...
10/28/2019

See DEF's Executive Director present about Engaging Students with 21st Century Decision Making Skills at this year's STEAM Symposium in Anaheim, December 9.

New Videos Support StrongStart Program - https://www.decisioneducation.org/decision-focus-videos StrongStart, DEF’s one-...
10/14/2019

New Videos Support StrongStart Program - https://www.decisioneducation.org/decision-focus-videos
StrongStart, DEF’s one-week freshman transition program, took a major step forward this year with the introduction of 10 new animated videos called Decision Focus. Instructors have related very positive reactions about the new videos, and students gave 86% positive rating to the evaluation question, "Would you recommend StrongStart to other 9th graders?". The Decision Focus videos are also being employed in the Steps to Success curriculum at Junction City High School. https://www.decisioneducation.org/donate

Thank you to all those who have Liked our page! And, because we value and need your continued support, we encourage ever...
09/25/2019

Thank you to all those who have Liked our page! And, because we value and need your continued support, we encourage everyone to please think about how you can help us reach more students through your generous donations, connections, and involvement.

DEF has pledged. Will you?
08/30/2019
Sign Our Pledge | Alliance for Decision Education

DEF has pledged. Will you?

We believe decision skills can improve our students’ futures and our society. By signing the Decision Education Pledge, you’re joining a national movement of people who agree that: Better decisions lead to better lives and a better society. Students can improve their decision skills. Decision Ed...

DEF has been doing workshops with school district leadership teams and even entire faculties. Contact us to learn more!
08/29/2019

DEF has been doing workshops with school district leadership teams and even entire faculties. Contact us to learn more!

We're deep into teaching our annual summer workshops for Stanford Pre-Collegiate International Institutes. Check out our...
08/02/2019

We're deep into teaching our annual summer workshops for Stanford Pre-Collegiate International Institutes. Check out our new volunteer Phil and his students who wanted a selfie with him. And Dana with some of her enthusiastic students who want to bring DEF to their schools.

05/09/2019
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Tomorrow, DEF continues to advocate for students learning and applying quality decision making practices. We will be att...
04/23/2019

Tomorrow, DEF continues to advocate for students learning and applying quality decision making practices. We will be attending the Society of Decision Professionals San Francisco Chapter meeting to see Steve Nunn of the Open Group and Max Henrion of Lumina Decision Systems. We will celebrate the accomplishments of this academic year's Open FAIR certified students at SJSU.

The Decision Education Foundation's cover photo
04/12/2019

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Join DEF's Decision Focus Workshop to acquire skills and tools for helping your students embrace quality decision making...
03/22/2019

Join DEF's Decision Focus Workshop to acquire skills and tools for helping your students embrace quality decision making habits.
https://www.decisioneducation.org/decision-focus-workshop

Decision Skills Framework benefits – good for you, good for your students:
Provides a recipe for converting a problem into the best solution,
Can be implemented immediately,
Supports effective interventions for all PBIS tiers,
Fits with MTSS's goals of developing the whole child.

Chris talks with a 10th grade student at Aragon High School about his challenges in time management and meeting deadline...
03/07/2019

Chris talks with a 10th grade student at Aragon High School about his challenges in time management and meeting deadlines. Thank you, Aragon HS, for inviting us to your Health Expo!

Join Chris Spetzler's Session at the 2019 Educating for Careers Conference Sunday, March 3.Engaging Students with 21st C...
02/28/2019

Join Chris Spetzler's Session at the 2019 Educating for Careers Conference Sunday, March 3.

Engaging Students with 21st Century Decision Making Skills:
​Decision-making consistently ranks among skills employers most value. Learn how to teach the six elements of making a good decision to your students so they can make better decisions at a critical time in their lives. This session explores an evidence-based framework for decision education applicable to college and career.

Chris and DEF's new Board Chair, Andy Dey, are attending a curriculum development conference for CA superintendents toda...
02/21/2019

Chris and DEF's new Board Chair, Andy Dey, are attending a curriculum development conference for CA superintendents today. More school relationships will be started!

12/11/2018

Congratulations to 2018's DEF award winners!
Mirella Kennedy - Student of the Year
Liz Henderson - Teacher of the Year
Brian Putt - Volunteer of the Year

DEF is offering to high schools an on-site introductory experience to Decision Skills. Help us spread the word! Students...
11/05/2018

DEF is offering to high schools an on-site introductory experience to Decision Skills. Help us spread the word!

Students benefit from the experience
Educators experience our approach
No Cost! Investing time is worth the rewards
Flexible to fit the opportunity

Nancy Golden is so deserving of the Rosaria P. Haugland Award she received from Ophelia’s Place during their Gems fundra...
10/20/2018

Nancy Golden is so deserving of the Rosaria P. Haugland Award she received from Ophelia’s Place during their Gems fundraiser last week. Ophelia’s Place is a prevention based organization dedicated to helping girls make healthy life choices through empowerment, education, and support based Eugene, OR. DEF is proud to have contributed to their wonderful work.

Alumni from DEF's StrongStart Program at Sequoia High School help out at the successful Ron Howard Celebration Event on ...
10/01/2018

Alumni from DEF's StrongStart Program at Sequoia High School help out at the successful Ron Howard Celebration Event on Stanford Campus.

Join us at the Clarity, Truth, and Freedom Symposium September 8! On Stanford campus, leaders in their fields will talk ...
08/22/2018

Join us at the Clarity, Truth, and Freedom Symposium September 8! On Stanford campus, leaders in their fields will talk and discuss Decision Analysis, Coercion-free Social Systems, Ethics, and Markov Processes. For tickets visit https://www.decisioneducation.org. DEF is co-sponsoring with the Management Science and Engineering Dept for this unique event honoring Prof. Ronald A. Howard on the occasion of his retirement.

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10/17/2016
It's Our Anniversary

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Space is limited for our Gala Celebration - sign up today!
10/12/2016
It's Our Anniversary

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Space is limited for our Gala Celebration - sign up today!

Have you checked out DEF's latest event? You won't want to miss it - sign up today!
10/08/2016
It's Our Anniversary

Have you checked out DEF's latest event? You won't want to miss it - sign up today!

Have you checked out DEF's latest event? You won't want to miss it - sign up today!

Better Decisions lead to Better Lives! Register for our event today!
10/02/2016
It's Our Anniversary

Better Decisions lead to Better Lives! Register for our event today!

Better Decisions lead to Better Lives! Register for our event today!

Make a great decision. Register today.
09/27/2016
It's Our Anniversary

Make a great decision. Register today.

Make a great decision. Register today.

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09/23/2016
It's Our Anniversary

It's Our Anniversary. Please Join Us!

It's Our Anniversary. Please Join Us!

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Better Decisions lead to Better Lives

Every day, teens face challenging decisions that can have significant impacts on their lives. In a world of choices, developing the skills to think through decisions is essential.

And yet, our schools struggle to find the time and materials to teach students the critical thinking and decision skills they need for success. DEF focuses on teaching students 21st century skills using the Decision Quality methodology.

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