What People Are Saying about DEF
Testimonials from Educators
"We invited Chris to speak to our entire faculty and staff- 170 strong-- to share DEF's years of phenomenal research and experience with how young folks can make good decisions. We wanted to develop a process beyond just our own intuition and personal experience. He provided an amazing morning session, taking us through declaring decisions, spotting potential decision traps, envisioning decision trees, and then working through a six link chain where we could clearly identify strongest and weakest links. He provided a process with a vocabulary that will allow us to be consistent as we talk with our students about any kind of challenge they face, from peer relationships, to college choice, to life paths. Chris masterfully engaged our faculty, using small group discussions, simple demonstration games, personal but always relevant stories, and quieter reflection time. I am convinced that as a school, we are in a better position to speak into the lives of our students, helping them work through specific issues they may raise, but more importantly helping them develop a decision process they will use for the rest of their lives."
“DEF provides foundational training for life, learning, and leadership—something needed and quickly appreciated.”
Thurston High School
“Eye-opening and motivating for me, not to try to ‘fix’ students’ problems, but provide support and framework to help ‘arm’ them with tools to decide themselves.”
Sigourney Community School District
“This course was empowering for me in that it helped me evaluate my own skills and also gave me tools for empowering students.”
East Palo Alto, California
“All the resources available on your website are extraordinary and very useful. Thanks for sharing them freely.”
“... this workshop was one of the best sessions that I attended at the Educating for Careers Conference! ”
Administrator, County Department of Education
Orange County, California
Here’s more of what overview course participants have said...
“Teaching proper decision-making skills to students is as important as any of the traditional subjects taught in high school…decision education helps people choose the paths which best suit their wishes and values.”
“I have learned more of immediate value than in any other workshop experience. I will work better as a teacher and as a committed humanitarian.”
“The course is going to enrich you personally and professionally.”
"As Education Director of AtentaMente Consultores I had the immense task to design the syllabus and lessons for a program on Social and Emotional Learning Skills that is being implemented national wide in High Schools in Mexico. The "decision chain model" and all the materials of the Decision Education Foundation were extremely useful for developing these lessons. The resources are clear, age appropriate and very practical. I am deeply grateful with the DEF team for they incredible work and for sharing it openly with others. I am sure it will benefit many young people."
Education Director, AtentaMente Consultores
We so appreciate the opportunity to use your information to help train interns in processes for planning and decision making as a team effort.
We are a Christian NGO organization and do humanitarian work all over the world teaching English as a second language, holding family festivals at night, bringing cultural exchange presentations to schools and other community venues, and providing water filters where disease is prevalent and related to water pollution. Our training centered around decision making and planning for an outreach in a developing nation.
We had a 4 ½ hour session. The first part was devoted to teaching on principles and processes for decision making and planning. The second part was collaborative. We divided the interns into 2 teams and they had 2 ½ hours to collaborate and design a 3 week calendar of events for a team traveling to a third world county to provide humanitarian aid and then report on it. It was quite successful. The students felt more than a little challenged and gained a perspective on the integrity of effective planning and decision making and the difference it can make in goal outcomes and affecting the lives of others positively.
Thank you so much for entrusting us with your materials and the opportunity to equip people in life and career skills. We really appreciate it!
Global Ventures, Oklahoma