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For five years the Alliance for Decision Education has been at the forefront of Decision Education by creating award-winning programs aimed at improving students’ Decision Skills. We have helped thousands of students and educators identify their goals, regulate their emotions in times of stress, think probabilistically, and recognize and resist cognitive biases.

Our new blog represents another step in our effort to ensure Decision Education is part of every middle and high school student's learning experience. We hope our blog will become the meeting place for open, honest, informative and engaging conversations that will educate our readers and help develop the field of Decision Education.

We will provide Decision Education tips and resources to help students, teachers, and parents better understand how improving decision skills can improve lives. We will amplify and celebrate Decision Education efforts from around the world, discuss decision skills and concepts and debate how we can make Decision Education a reality for the next generation of students. 

If you are interested in contributing, or have an idea or topic you want us to write about please reach out to us at Connect@AllianceforDecisionEducation.org.

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

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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. 

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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. 

Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching & Learning

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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