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You can win a prize by sharing your good news!

8 months ago 0

We are creating a list of work being done in schools to promote self-determination. Please send us a paragraph about your efforts so we can share information about your work with others. Don’t worry about spelling or punctuation. We’ll take care of that! Just tell us a little bit about the setting in which you’re working, the types of students you are serving and any outcomes you have observed. A single paragraph is all we need, but if you want to send more, that’s fine too. There is a prize waiting for the first example received! Please send descriptions to sharon@beselfdetermined.com.… Read more

Early Childhood Materials Available for Preview

11 months ago 0

I will be presenting at the Early On conference in Kalamazoo, Michigan tomorrow with Sondra Stegenga and June Gothberg on strategies to infuse self-determination in early childhood programming. As part of that effort, we are making a draft version of It’s All About Us! Encouraging Self-Determination in Early Childhood Education and Services available as a free download.  We want to know what you think.  Please let us know what works, what doesn’t and any comments or suggestions you may have.

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Nassau & Suffolk Counties, NY Making Great Strides in Self-Determination

1 year ago 1

I had the opportunity to talk with Cathy Pantelides, Transition Specialist for the Long Island Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Center (LI RSE-TASC) and President of New York State DCDT, this week. Wow! They are doing some energetic and innovative things to promote self-determination and student-directed IEPs for students with disabilities throughout their region. Over the past five years, they have had a comprehensive effort to provide teachers with professional development and access to resources to encourage student self-determination. Beyond providing teachers with existing resources, they have also supported teachers to be self-determined and develop their own curricula to promote student self-determination.… Read more

Early Steps to Self-Determination available for preview

1 year ago 2

In honor of the 2016 Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) in Myrtle Beach, SC we are making a draft version of our Early Steps to Self-Determination curriculum available for preview for a limited time. We hope you are all enjoying the beach, the sunsets and each other. We also hope you enjoy trying out the curriculum. We welcome any feedback that you have for us.  Click below to download.

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New KORU Mindfulness Training Classes

2 years ago 0

Helping students learn to be more mindful can make significant contributions to their self-determination. Mindfulness increases self-awareness and focus and decreases negative aspects of stress. KORU is a mindfulness program designed specifically to meet the needs of emerging adults and they are currently offering new on-line training programs. For more information, see www.korumindfulness.org.… Read more

An Interview With Dr. Michael Ward

2 years ago 0

Dr. Michael Ward played a key leadership role in promoting self-determination for persons with disabilities as a federal policy initiative of the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services beginning in the late 1980’s and early 90’s. Many of us think of Mike as the guy who started it all when we think about self-determination for students with disabilities. We interviewed Mike to find out what he thinks about where we have been, where we are and where we need to go to foster self-determination.

2BSD: What do you think are the biggest gains we made in Special Education as a result of the federal emphasis on encouraging self-determination for students as they transition from school to work and community?… Read more

Lynn University Provides Some Great Examples for Supporting Student Self-Determination

3 years ago 0

Research has demonstrated that academic coaching is an effective strategy to increase student self-determination. I recently had the opportunity to visit the Institute for Achievement and Learning at Lynn University. Wow! They are doing some great things to make coaching, and other practices that support self-determination, available to their students. Lynn has 11 coaches and 40 tutors on staff. Care is taken in the assignment of coaches to students to help assure that the particular skills of individual coaches are a good match for the specific needs of the students they will be working with. Every coach also has a clear understanding of what faculty and students are experiencing in the classroom because they each teach two courses/year in the general curriculum.… Read more

Self-Determination and Mental Health

3 years ago 0

 Research has shown that self-determination is a powerful tool to decrease the risk of depression. A recent book by Linea and Cinda Johnson, Perfect Chaos, illustrates how important  self-determination is to navigate the mental health system and manage mental health conditions after diagnosis. Perfect Chaos tells the story of Linea’s struggle with bi-polar disorder and what she, her mother and family went through to triumph over the disease.  It speaks to the power of self-determination at every turn. The importance of close relationships, belief, persistence and creativity are evident throughout their story. For me, it was made even more powerful because Linea and Cinda are my friends.… Read more

Upcoming Workshops and Conferences

3 years ago 0

A workshop on Contemplative Practices in Higher Education will be held at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY  September 18-20, 2015. Meditation and other contemplative practices can  contribute to self-determination by increasing self-awareness and decreasing stress responses.  The week-end workshop will provide and opportunity to explore how meditation and other contemplative practices can be woven into postsecondary settings while also providing an opportunity to consider your own practice. Omega Institute is in the heart of the Hudson River Valley just north of New York City and it should be beautiful there in September. I also hear they have great vegetarian food!… Read more

What can Autumn teach us about self-determination?

3 years ago 0

All of us have our own reactions to experiences of the season. What do I enjoy about Autumn? I love to hear the leaves crunch under my feet, I like to rake the leaves (yes I actually enjoy raking…..it provides such a feeling of accomplishment, but in case you’re wondering, no, I don’t hire out), I love the clear blue skies and, of course, looking at the leaves as they turn. I enjoy cider and hot doughnuts at our favorite cider mill. I don’t like the rain (even though I’m from Seattle) or when it gets too windy and cold. I don’t like the anticipation of the cold Midwestern Winter that is about to come when I find it becomes more difficult to get from here to there.… Read more