The George Washinton University's Freshman Transition Initiative

Rebecca M. Dedmond

Rebecca DedmondRebecca Dedmond is Assistant Professor and Director of the Master of Arts in School Counseling Program at The George Washington University where she directs the two-year program for 40 graduate students and teaches relevant courses. Her most current research focus is on Freshman Transition (8th and 9th grade level). She has written and validated the Freshman Transition Standards and established the Freshman Transition Initiative at The George Washington University.

For five years Dr. Dedmond was School to Work Director for the Territory of the Virgin Islands where she successfully wrote and administered the federal grant funding until the National Act was rescinded. She also served as consultant to several states and localities implementing the School to Work Act.

Serving as consultant to The World Bank and The British Council Dr. Dedmond designed, implemented, and evaluated Comprehensive Career Counseling and Development Programs for counselors and faculty at the three Universities of Ghana in West Africa.

Dr. Dedmond was the Career Counseling Supervisor for the Commonwealth of Virginia  where she established a comprehensive career guidance and counseling model, wrote implementation guides, and conducted technical assistance for all school divisions. While at the Virginia Department of Education she was President of the National Consortium of State Career Guidance Supervisors for two terms. Under her tenure and partnership with the United States Army Recruiting Command, she wrote and implemented a successful marketing campaign, "Planning for Life."

She has been a school counselor in pre-K- adult settings and in a vocational school. Dr. Dedmond is a licensed professional counselor and maintains a private practice. She is a Global Career Development Facilitator and trainer for the National Career Development Association (NCDA).

Dr. Dedmond is the co-author of two successful products, the "Parent's Planner", and the accompanying train the trainer guide, and the "Partner's Planner."  She has authored numerous articles, papers, and research briefs. She makes presentations at various international, national, state and local conferences and serves in leadership positions of national professional organizations.

Capitalizing on the strength of business, community, and education partnerships, Dr. Dedmond has established private and faith-based partnerships that serve the unique needs of under-served citizens in a variety of communities. She is the co-founder of The Connections Group, a volunteer organization that designs and oversees learning and outreach centers in the Territory of the Virgin Islands, in partnership with Father George Clements (movie -The Father George Clements Story), founder of One Church One Family (OCOF) in Chicago, and the Pfizer Corporation. She serves on the OCOF Board, the Board of the Virgin Islands Resource Center for the Disabled, a 501.c.3 dedicated to improving the lives of impoverished and disabled persons, and the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands.