Alliance for Decision Education Instructional Resources
Decision Education Fellowship
The Decision Education Fellowship is a highly selective program that provides educators with the opportunity to work collaboratively to develop and pilot lessons for core subjects that emphasize Deciding and Critical Thinking Skills. We encourage interested middle and high school teachers to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can keep you informed about the next Fellowship cohort.
Our blog provides tips and resources to help students, teachers, and parents better understand how Decision Education can improve lives.
Decision Type: Habits
When students dream about their careers and life goals, it’s important they understand how habits can turn their dreams into reality or simply get in the way. HabitWise helps middle and high school students achieve their goals by teaching them how to create and track beneficial habits and crush problematic habits.
Decision Type: In-the-moment, Habits, Deliberative
Our video series helps teachers manage stress and anxiety so they’re able to make better work-related decisions and increase happiness and longevity in the classroom. Burnout Blockers is a great supplement to college classes for pre-service teachers, new teacher induction programs, and self-directed professional learning opportunities.
Lesson Plan: Correlation vs. Causation
Does Ice Cream Makes the Sun Shine?: A Lesson on Correlation vs. Causation
This lesson for high school math classes helps students understand the distinction between correlation and causation and how it can impact the decisions we make related to our physical health, wellbeing, and relationships.
Decision-Making Skills In Careers
Decision Scientist Lee Failing discusses how to foster a thoughtful, reflective, and respectful decision-making environment by talking about values, imagining options, exploring consequences, and addressing tradeoffs. She also shares how to think about decision making as a creative, collaborative, and open-minded process to allow people to come together and learn.
Other Decision Education Instructional Resources
This website from the Delta School District includes various classroom tools for teaching students how to make wise choices.
Decision Education Foundation
The Decision Education Foundation (DEF) wants to equip teens in communities everywhere with the decision tools to create a great future. Their website includes many Decision Education resources and programs, such as StrongStart, a week-long orientation program for incoming high school freshmen.
School of Thought
The mission of the School of Thought is to teach the next generation how to think independently so that we can create a better world through reason and understanding. It is founded on the principle that we need to teach kids how to think rather than what to think, and is dedicated to providing effective and accessible resources to teachers, parents, and students under Creative Commons licenses.
PBS: Making Decisions with Probability
PBS's High School Statistics & Probability video collection explores the gathering and analysis of data, inferences and conclusions, and probabilistic thinking. The videos are aligned with Common Core and are a great resource for any teacher or parent trying to help their students or children use the language of probability as a tool to identify how certain they are about the current and future state of a situation.
Project Look Sharp
Project Look Sharp is a nonprofit outreach program of Ithaca College with the mission of helping K-16 educators enhance students' critical thinking, metacognition, and civic engagement through media literacy materials and professional development. They offer over 450 free lessons, activities, and handouts that focus on media bias and credibility, sustainability, social justice, and enhancing online learning.
Maby's forecasting app is a tool to practice thinking in probabilities. Using the app, a teacher can ask a question and students answer with a probabilistic forecast. Students get feedback on their calibration and forecast accuracy.
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