Educational Institutions

Decision Education Foundation

  • Palo Alto, CA
  • www.decisioneducation.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Decision Education Foundation is to improve the lives of young people by teaching them how to make better decisions. In workshops across the country, DEF trains teachers and mentors, providing them with the tools for creating and delivering classroom-ready decision skills curricula to their students. DEF also works with partner organizations to promote decision skills training within specific environments and to assist these partners in tailoring decision education lessons to their unique populations. Examples of partner projects include the development of multi-disciplinary decision curricula for public and private K-12 classrooms and after-school centers; a documentary film trip to Nepal for Bay Area teens, which combined critical decision making with a cross-cultural research project; peer-to-peer mentoring for high school students; the creation of a decision sciences school in the Midwest; and decision counseling with at-risk youth through our partners.

ruling year

2002

Principal Officer

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Dr. Carl S. Spetzler

Keywords

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DEF, decision, education, youth, children, at risk, gifted, teenagers, life skills, health

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DEF

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77-0575573

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

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Program 1

The Essentials of Good Decision Making training program is for educators, administrators, and counselors who wish to learn a framework and process for helping youths reach quality decisions. The course covers the basics of good decision making and explores how they can be applied in a variety of decision situations and taught to students. The course features: · A framework for defining the requirements of a Decision Quality · A proven process for achieving a Decision Quality · Instruction by experts in the art and science of good decision making · Interactive, handson format with breakout groups and case studies · Sessions tailored to the school?s or organization?s needs · Sample decision skills lesson plans and classroom materials. When: At the convenience of the school/organization; also summer 2008 at Stanford University and online Length: 1 to 5 days Who should attend: Teachers, administrators, counselors, mentors, coaches, and other adults who work with youth Where: On site at your school or organization, at Stanford University, or online Teaching Decision Skills in Humanities: DEF instructors and experienced classroom teachers demonstrate how to integrate the teaching of decision skills into English and history/social studies classes. Teaching Decision Skills in Humanities features: · Instruction by experts in decision skills, classroom teachers, and curriculum developers · Interactive, handson format including breakout groups and roleplaying · Proven lesson plans and classroom materials incorporating decision skills into the humanities curriculum · Practice in developing lesson plans that incorporate decision skills. When: Available early summer 2008 Length: 1 to 2.5 days Who should attend: Middle school and high school teachers Where: On site at your school or organization, at Stanford University, or online Certificate in Decision Education: Teachers, administrators, and other school/youth personnel can receive a Certificate in Decision Education from the Stanford Center for Professional Development (part of Stanford University). The certificate is awarded to those who complete six 2.5-day courses, two core courses (one on decision skills and one in a decisionfocused subject area) and four electives from the Stanford Decision and Risk Management program. The courses in the Certificate Program are offered at Stanford, at a local school site, or online. The Certificate Program is designed for teachers, mentors, administrators, and others who wish to hone their decisionmaking competence. Whole School Integration Program: Whole school integration (WSI) is the teaching of decision skills throughout the curriculum to enable deep, sustained skill development. WSI is best achieved by having all students take a core course in decision skills and integrating decision skills into traditional subject areas, disciplinary and counseling processes, and administrative decision making. To implement and support WSI, DEF works with committed schools to provide extensive teacher and school staff training in the fundamentals of good decision making and in how to incorporate these skills into the existing curriculum and other school programs.

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THE DECISION EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Principal Officer

Dr. Carl S. Spetzler

BIO

Dr. Spetzler serves as DEF?s Executive Director. He is one of the founders of DEF and is dedicated to making the benefits of better decision education accessible to everyone. He is one of the founders and chairman of Strategic Decisions Group, a strategy consulting firm that serves Global 1000 companies. He specializes in strategy development, business innovation, and strategic change management and advises top management and boards in improving corporate governance. He is a member of INFORMS and frequently speaks on strategy, innovation, and quality in decision-making. He is the 2004 recipient of the Ramsey medal, the highest award given by the Decision Analysis Society of INFORMS. He is a trustee of Illinois Institute of Technology where he received a BSChE, MBA, and PhD in Economics.

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