Empowering Students to Become More Self-Determined

Jodi Sleeper-Triplett is spending this week at the AHEAD conference (www.ahead.org) to support the launch of the new book “Becoming Self-Determined: Creating Thoughtful Learners in a Standards-Driven, Admissions-Frenzied Culture”. She co-authored the chapter, “Academic Coaching: Using a Coach Approach to Build Student Self-Determination” with Christina Fabrey and will be presenting both a preconference and  a concurrent session on Fostering Student Self-Determination and Enhancing Learning through Coaching.

Self-determination is an important topic and the overall theme that Jodi will be focused on this week. At first glance, you may think that self-determination is just another way to describe empowering students. We view them as separate stages with empowerment through coaching as the key to moving students into a self-determined mindset.

What is Empowerment?

The term empowerment refers to measures designed to increase the degree of autonomy and self-determination in people and in communities in order to enable them to represent their interests in a responsible and self-determined way, acting on their own authority. Empowerment as action refers both to the process of self-empowerment and to professional support of people, which enables them to overcome their sense of powerlessness and lack of influence, and to recognize and eventually to use their resources and chances. (Wikipedia)

What is Self-Determination?

People who are self-determined identify and work toward goals based on a foundation of knowing and valuing themselves. The degree to which we are self-determined is influenced both by our personal characteristics, i.e., our knowledge, skills and beliefs, and by the supports and barriers in our environments. We live with heightened self-determination when we have a good sense about what we want and take action to achieve it. Given the constancy of change, both in our environments and ourselves, self-determination is a process, not an outcome. Internal motivation is maximized when we approach a task or activity with a self-determination mindset. When we act with increased self-determination and heightened internal motivation, we increase our likelihood for success and enjoyment in education, employment and just about every other endeavor. (beselfdetermined.com)

Every student deserves a coach to support them in growing a self-determined mindset, join us in our mission?

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