Colleen A. Thoma, PhD
The Self-Determined Learning Model of Instruction
Lesson Plan Resources
Self-Determination and Standards of Learning
Self-determination Pilot Project
The overall goal of this project is to develop a process for assuring that Virginian students with disabilities leave high school with self-determination skills. Research on individuals with disabilities has demonstrated that those with high self-determination skills do better in life in many ways. They do better in general education classrooms where they’re included with students without disabilities. As adults, they’re more likely to be employed, to be admitted and remain in college, and to live where they want. For these reasons, the development of a process for teaching self-determination skills has been the main way that Virginia is meeting the mandate of the Olmstead Decision.
We will be using a set format, called the Self-determined learning model of instruction, that can be used in a variety of settings, with students with a wide range of strengths and needs, and can be guided by a variety of people (teachers, peers, parents, etc.).
As a participant in this project, you will be expected to implement the self-determined learning model of instruction. You will work with a minimum of five students in at least two different environments. You will receive training, resources, examples, and guidelines for making this work for your students. In return, we will ask you to do the self-determination scale assessment with students as a pre-test/post-test measure, share lesson plans that you revise to include self-determination and/or videotape examples of students working through the process, and provide feedback along the way as we refine the process to share with others across Virginia.
The first part of the process is a full day training. During that training, you will: