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EARCOS Sponsored Weekend Workshop: Engaging Youth with Decision-making and Leadership with Chris Spetzler

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Workshop Overview

The purpose of the course is to both expose educators to Decision Quality concepts and show them how best to teach students these concepts. A course in Decision Leadership and Negotiation was delivered by Decision Education Foundation (DEF) through Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies in 2014 and was repeated in the summer of 2015. This course will provide the highlights of this course in a highly engaging and rigorous experience around personal and professional decisions.

Since 2012 Decision Education Foundation has worked with educators and taught students directly to demonstrate the value of learning about making better decisions.

As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Apply the Decision Quality Framework to a decision they are facing
  • Understand the value of Decision Quality to youth
  • Understand how to introduce Decision Quality to youth


Day 1: Saturday, 21 May
08:30-10:00 - Session 1: Introduction to the course / Decision Quality
10:00-10:20 - Coffee Break
10:20-12:00 - Session 2: Decision Process / Decision Fitness
12:00-12:45 - Lunch Break
12:45-14:30 - Session 3: Behavioral Decision Making
14:30-14:45 - Coffee Break
14:45-16:30 - Session 4: Personal and Professional Decisions and bringing Decision Quality to schools and classrooms

Day 2: Sunday, 22 May
08:30-10:00 - Session 5: Helpful Frame/Clear Values
10:00-10:20 - Coffee Break
10:20-12:00 - Session 6: Creative Alternatives/Useful Information
12:00-12:45 - Lunch Break
12:45-15:00 - Session 7: Sound Reasoning/Commitment to Follow through

About Chris Spetzler

Chris Spetzler is the Executive Director of the Decision Education Foundation. Chris is passionate about bringing decision skills to young people. He has lead workshops with teachers and administrators through the Stanford Center for Professional Development and taught decision skills to youth across the United States and internationally. He teaches courses to gifted teens through Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies. In addition to teaching and developing decision skills programs, Chris supports educators and organizations in realizing and evaluating the benefits of decision education. Chris completed a Masters at the Stanford Graduate School of Education and an MBA in International Management at Thunderbird. Prior to joining DEF, Chris was a consultant and project manager in the pharmaceutical industry, where he applied decision analytics at Pharsight and Johnson & Johnson.

Workshop Details

Trainer: Chris Spetzler

Who should attend: Teachers and Administrators

When: Saturday, 21 and Sunday, 22 May 2016, 8.30am - 4.30pm (until 3pm on Sunday)

Where: UWCSEA East Campus, Conference Centre (directions to the campus)






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