University of Northern Colorado, M.A. 1976
River’s post graduate work of the mid-70s expanded an interest in children and families into the fields of child development, early childhood education, special education, and child psychology. Her M.A through UNC in the School for Educational Change and Development gave her a wide variety of field experience with institutions and programs doing research in the fields of attachment and bonding, developmental measurement, early learning, and abuse/neglect. Subsequent related work experiences included early intervention programs, infant and preschool special needs projects, child abuse prevention, court advocacy for minors, child custody investigations, adoption home studies, the creation of a U.S. non-profit for education and service work, and consulting with SelfDesign Learning Foundation from 2004 to present. Additional trainings have been focused in areas of individual and family therapy and personal development.
Her current position is Director of Organizational Learning and Culture for SelfDesign Learning Foundation (SDLF), consulting to SelfDesign Learning Community (SDLC), the flagship educational program operating in British Columbia as one of the largest K-12 distributed personalized learning schools funded by the BC Ministry of Education. River co-authored the SelfDesign book (SelfDesign: Unfolding Our Infinite Wisdom Within, 2012) with Brent Cameron, founder of SelfDesign. She has written numerous articles and posts about SelfDesign’s vision, learning approach, and outcomes of engagement in the process of becoming a SelfDesigner.
River has lived in various parts of the U.S. and Canada, moving in 2011 to the beautiful town of Nelson, BC, to enjoy its people, climate, and outdoor opportunities. She and her selfdesigning daughter are dual citizens of the two countries.
- University of Minnesota, B.A. 1970