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Can Forecasting Competitions Advance Decision Education?

August 23, 2022

Alliance launches pilot to test the “if and the how” Will “Top Gun: Maverick” reach or exceed $45 million in revenue in its first weekend? Will Volodymyr Zelensky flee Ukraine or cease to be its president before May 25, 2022? What songs will rank... Read more

Teachers Leading the Way

August 15, 2022

Alliance Fellows kick off a new season of implementing Decision Education For years, in classrooms across the country, a handful of teachers have taught some decision-making skills to their students. The Alliance for Decision Education is working to... Read more

Larry Connor of The Connor Group Takes His Mission to Space

April 26, 2022

We want to congratulate Larry Connor, founder and managing partner of The Connor Group, on a safe return from his 17-day, Axiom-1 space mission. Larry piloted the historic flight to the ISS, where he and three other crew members conducted pioneering... Read more

Children and Conspiracy Theories

April 6, 2022

What is the impact, how can we help? Are children vulnerable to conspiracy theories? Prevailing thought is to not think about it, as we prefer to associate such flights of mental fancy with adults. Alarmingly, however, children are susceptible, according... Read more

If you could give your child one gift, what would it be?

March 30, 2022

At the Alliance, we passionately believe that every child should be given the gift of knowing how to make a good decision. “I want children to know that with every decision, they have agency. And I want them to seek out decisions as opportunities to... Read more

Eight Top Take-Aways from the book Superforecasting

March 3, 2022

As a team, all of us at the Alliance read Superforecasting, the acclaimed book co-authored by our Advisory Council Member, Phil Tetlock, and and Dan Garnder. If you don’t know the premise, it is about ordinary people challenged with trying to forecast... Read more

Nobel Laureate Richard Thaler Joins Alliance Advisory Council

February 2, 2022

The Alliance for Decision Education has added Nobel Prize Winner Richard Thaler to its growing list of distinguished leaders working to have decision-making skills taught to students K-12 in all U.S. schools. Thaler, the global best-selling author, and... Read more

Celebrating the Season with a Sincere ‘Thank You!’

November 17, 2021

In the spirit of the season, we are sharing our November newsletter with a warm thank you. As deeply as we understand the criticality of our mission, we also recognize that we cannot achieve it on our own. Ensuring that Decision Education is available to... Read more

Retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral and PayPal Executive latest to Join Alliance for Decision Education Board

November 10, 2021

Each say decision-making skills are fundamental and critically needed PHILADELPHIA, November 10, 2021 – The Alliance for Decision Education has added a retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral and a PayPal Executive to its list of distinguished Board members... Read more

Decision Education Tips for a Banner Year – for Parents and Teachers

October 12, 2021

As we dive headlong into a new school year, we wanted to share the following tips from our Decision Education Library. Our hope is that they help both students and teachers in the Alliance family reach – and exceed – personal goals for success. 

Harvard Study: Decision-Skilled Employees in Demand and Paid More in Rapidly Changing Workforce

August 16, 2021

New study confirms, again, that our students are not prepared. The data is all around us, and growing, seemingly, by the day.   A dynamic workforce and world demand critical, analytical, and skilled decision-making abilities. Those with these skills... Read more

Business Icon John Pepper and Browns GM Andrew Berry Join Alliance Board

August 3, 2021

We are honored and humbled to announce the addition of two high-profile leaders, to our Board, expanding the Alliance’s already impressive list of supporters, advisors, and partners. John E. Pepper, retired President, CEO and Chairman of the Procter... Read more

Your Questions, Their Answers: An “Exclusive Conversation” with Daniel Kahneman and Annie Duke

May 10, 2021

When we brought Annie and Danny together recently for a talk about all things decision-making and Danny’s new book, “Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment,” we knew interest would be high. We did not, however, expect the sheer number of questions this would... Read more

Thank you, Mrs. Kasmer and Every Teacher, Everywhere

May 6, 2021

My fourth-grade math teacher, Mrs. Kasmer always had books in the corner of her classroom. They were never assigned, just waiting invitingly for some curious child to pick one up and open a new world.  There were word puzzles and number puzzles, puns,... Read more

Exclusive and Personal, Daniel Kahneman Talks to Us About “Noise”

April 22, 2021

Our own Daniel Kahneman has unlocked yet another facet of the mind that impacts decision-making. Kahneman, a Nobel Laureate and member of our Alliance Advisory Council, offered the Alliance an exclusive preview of his new book, due to hit the shelves May... Read more

Stanford Study Confirms What We Already, Painfully, Know: Today’s Youth Struggle In Deciding What Is Fact vs Fiction

March 8, 2021

Our colleagues at the Stanford History Education Group just completed another compelling national study that showcases, again, that our youth are drowning in their inability to determine “what is true” and thus make good decisions based on what they see... Read more

Your Decisions, Llama-Powered Cement Mixers, and the Lever to Ultimate Freedom

August 25, 2020

Many of us view decision making processes as something we engage in just to solve a problem so we can return our world to the status quo as rapidly as possible. It can be a stressful, negative, and unsatisfying experience.

Clarity4Action Enhances Programming with Student-Directed Cognitive Bias Video

June 29, 2020

To genuinely grasp new decision-making skills, students need to be encouraged to make decisions about activities and issues that matter to them, believe Amy Day and Kristen Jawad, co-founders and facilitators of the Seattle-area nonprofit Clarity4Action...

Annie Duke Explains Essential Skills for Becoming a Better Decision Maker

May 26, 2020

Duke explained in a conversation with Joe Sweeney, Executive Director of the Alliance for Decision Education, how students are better equipped to make decisions that improve their lives when they learn skills for “thinking in possibilities,” practicing... Read more

Help Students Fine-Tune Their Habits During Social Distancing

May 4, 2020

Help your middle or high school students better understand the shifts in their habits they’re experiencing during social distancing with free lesson resources.

Ad Astra Middle School Students Explore the Psychology of Decision Making

April 21, 2020

On the SpaceX campus, middle school students use experiments and discussion to explore how our minds handle decision making.  

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How to Talk About Second-Order Consequences with Your Teen Right Now: A Letter from Our Executive Director

March 24, 2020

Some parents and teachers already make a point of talking about consequences with students. My own mother had me write several compositions on the topic during my middle school years, but let’s save that for a different conversation, perhaps one with a... Read more

Good Judgment Makes a Difference: A Letter from Our Executive Director

March 16, 2020

At the heart of good decision making is judgment.

Five Questions with Joe Sweeney, Executive Director of the Alliance for Decision Education

March 6, 2020

Q: Did your interest in decision skills happen gradually or all at once?

Gray Area Thinking: A Way to Help Struggling Students Self-Advocate

February 21, 2020

When a student’s black-and-white thinking about your class sounds defeatist, it doesn’t mean that she doesn’t care.

6 Low-Pressure Tips for Helping Your Child Decide Where to Apply to College

February 10, 2020

If you’re helping your child decide where to apply to college, it can seem like the process is going well as long as you’re not arguing about it. However, it takes more than avoiding conflict with one another to make the best choices. The following tips... Read more

To Help Students Prepare for Assessments, Teach Them This Decision Skill

January 27, 2020

Common cognitive biases can prevent students from getting fully prepared for assessments. Teach them how to construct if-then planning statements that will help them resist cognitive biases so they stay on track.

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Help Your Child Use Decision Skills to Select a College Major

January 13, 2020

Selecting a college major is one decision that can be an especially stressful experience for adolescents and the family members who support them because it can have life-changing consequences. These decision skills can help you work with your child on a... Read more


Want to Help Your Students Achieve Their Dreams? Start with Their Habits.

January 3, 2020

Teachers can help students understand that success doesn’t usually come from a single choice, but rather from the cumulative effects of repeated behaviors. 


Strong Executive Function Skills Improve Learning and Decision Making

December 16, 2019

BrainFutures, the first national organization to develop a rubric that assesses the quality of school-based brain fitness interventions, advocates for every school to adopt a program that strengthens students’ executive functioning (EF).

Want to Start a Classroom Mindfulness Practice? Read These 6 Tips First

December 3, 2019

If you’ve been thinking about incorporating mindfulness activities into your classroom routine, read our tips before you try that first breathing exercise.

High School Psychology Course Helps Students Use Decision Skills to Improve Wellbeing

November 18, 2019

Educators have the opportunity to pilot an engaging Practical Psychology course featuring tools and strategies for making better decisions.

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5 YouTube Videos That Will Help Your Students Make Better Decisions

November 1, 2019

You don’t have to wait until your students are facing a big decision to introduce Decision Education resources. The videos included in this post expose the hidden influences on our judgments and decisions. Students will learn a handful of strategies from... Read more

School Initiatives Going Nowhere Fast? Try Premortems.

October 18, 2019

Want to stop the cycle of initiative fatigue? Ask your administrators to work with teachers to conduct premortems.

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Prevent Teacher Burnout with Decision Skills

September 30, 2019

Although there’s no way to avoid an enormous workload as a new teacher, strong decision skills can make it easier to cope. 

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Get Up to Speed About Better Decision Making with These 5 Essential Articles

September 23, 2019

To get a primer on making better decisions in your personal and professional life, read these essential articles and share them with your colleagues as you start the conversation about introducing Decision Education at your school.

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3 Ways to Improve Your Classroom Culture This Year with Decision Education

September 12, 2019

No matter what you teach, integrating these simple tips from Decision Education into your everyday classroom culture can improve your students’ study skills and cooperation with one another in ways that will continue to be useful to them in post-... Read more

Decision Education Eases the High School Transition

September 5, 2019

Decision skills can help incoming freshmen deal with the new demands in their social lives, schedules, and academics.

Fine-Tune Your Time Management This Year with Affective Forecasting

August 27, 2019

Affective forecasting can improve three sneaky time mismanagements that plague even the most conscientious teachers. 

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How We Got Over 6,000 Students Interested in Decision Education

August 12, 2019

Teaching Decision Education doesn’t require you to toss out your existing lesson plans or tell students what’s “right.”

Guest Post: Helping K-12 Students Make Better Choices

July 12, 2019

Delta School District in British Columbia explores possibilities for systemic changes in students’ individual and collective choice-making skills.

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Introducing Our Decision Education Blog

July 12, 2019

Join us in the movement to make Decision Education a regular part of the curriculum.

How I Decide is now Alliance for Decision Education

How We Decided: Why We Changed Our Name and the Process We Followed

July 11, 2019

The same decision making skills we teach to students helped us through our name change process. 

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For Better Life Outcomes, Integrate SEL with Decision-Making Strategies

July 10, 2019

The basic literacy and numeracy skills we learn in school are essential, but as the skills needed to navigate life in the digital age evolve, it will take more.



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