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What I Do

From what I have gathered, most of the educators here are in K-12. The others are tech people or consultants who work with K-12 schools. I am neither.

I started my career in youth development, leading after-school and summer programs. Now, I am a family life educator who specializes in digital and social media. What is family life education? What does a family life educator do? I didn’t know myself until I took a course on the subject in completing my second bachelor’s in Child and Family Studies.

Family life education is an informative, educational approach to assisting individuals in living authentic and productive lives. Utilizing a family systems perspective, most family life educational programming takes place in a classroom-style kind of setting and can even be provided through educational materials, such as books, DVD’s, CD’s, social networking, Podcasts, and blogs. The goal of family life education is to teach (research-based content) skills that aid individuals in making the best informed decisions about their lives. Topics can include: goal-setting, parenting, career development, dating and sexuality, health and wellness, and/or debt-management.

As a Family Life Educator, I don’t worry about state standards or standardized testing. What I do is about the transfer of learning. That is to say whatever is learned (content/skills) can be applied to the daily lives of the participants. The issue for me is whether or not people leave a course or a workshop knowing how to actually use what they have learned.

I hope this posting explains who I am and what I do, as well as the focus of my previous posts. In the future, I am going to write about an array of issues covering the human experience. Please feel free to ask questions or leave a comment.

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About peoplegogy

Will Deyamport, III, MSEd is a social media strategist and frustrated filmmaker. A former intern at CAREEREALISMcampus.com, he is now the Chief Social Strategist for StrengthsFactors – a career development resource company. Will has a B.A. Film Production, a B.S. in Child and Family Studies and an MSEd in Professional Studies in Education. He is also the founder of PEOPLEGOGY – a blog focusing on life and career developments, and he is currently working on an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Management from Capella University

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8 thoughts on “What I Do

  1. Will, Cool! How can we learn more about one of your courses? Can you put up a link?

    Thanks so much for telling us about what you do, and for the education you will give us,

    Kirsten

    Posted by Kirsten Olson | June 26, 2011, 8:21 am
  2. Kirsten,

    Thanks for leaving a comment. I will post a link to a presentation I presented to an undergraduate class in Family Life Education.

    Posted by peoplegogy | June 26, 2011, 10:21 pm
  3. Kirsten,

    In the K-12 setting, the family life educators are the family dynamics and/or family consumer sciences teachers. Except for student teaching, we take the same courses.

    Will

    Posted by peoplegogy | June 26, 2011, 10:33 pm
  4. Will, I look forward to reading more and learning how the relevance of your work and student-involvement in student education can carry over into the work we do.

    All the best,
    C

    Posted by Chad Sansing | June 27, 2011, 8:59 am
  5. Will, what you do is very important work. Your students are blessed to have you as a resource!

    Posted by marybethhertz | July 7, 2011, 2:19 pm
  6. Thanks, MB. It’s been a nice run, but I am not planning on working with young people anymore. However, if I find an opportunity that is too good to pass up, then, of course, I am taking it. What’s most important to me nowadays is the work and having the freedom to do it well.

    Those family life education or life skills courses are extremely important for young people, as well as adults. Young folks learn about personal finances, goals, college prep, and dating and sexuality. That information is critical to their individual development. I hope that young people continue to have access to those kinds of programming.

    Will

    Posted by peoplegogy | July 9, 2011, 9:33 am

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