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Dan Haesler is an international keynote speaker, teacher, writer & consultant.

Described as engaging, thought provoking and someone who pushes the boundaries; Dan has appeared alongside some of the world’s most well-known educational thinkers including Sir Ken Robinson and TED Talk Prize Winner, Sugata Mitra.

In 2015 he will be appearing on the same program as His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Dan works with a diverse range of people and organisations as well as featuring in and writing for the mainstream media.

In his role as a consultant, Dan has worked with state government departments, not-for-profit organisations, regional education offices, professional associations and individual schools.

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Dan Haesler is an international keynote speaker, teacher, writer & consultant.

Described as engaging, thought provoking and someone who pushes the boundaries; Dan has presented as a conference keynote alongside some of the world’s most well known educational thinkers including Sir Ken Robinson, Sugata Mitra and Stephen Heppell.

He has also shared the stage with well known Australian identities such as Academy-Award-winning animator Adam Elliot, as well as Therese Rein, Jessica Watson, Michael Carr-Gregg, Steve Biddulph and Melinda Tankard Reist to name a few.

As well as speaking around Australia, Dan works with a diverse range of people and organisations and his work has been featured on Channel 10 and the ABC. He also writes regularly for Fairfax Media’s education pages as well as The Australian Teacher magazine.

As a consultant, Dan has developed a strong capability around leading positive change to support improved learning outcomes through his work on education initiatives with state governments, not-for-profit organisations, regional education offices, professional associations and individual schools.

His work centres around the relationships between engagement, wellbeing, achievement and leadership. Dan empowers organisations, schools and individuals to lead educational change. Dan also runs workshops with K-12 and tertiary students.

He has been working with teenagers for over 17 years. As an 18 year old he was a community outreach worker in Manchester, using sport as a vehicle to engage the otherwise disaffected youth in the City’s poorer areas.

In 1999 he qualified from Liverpool John Moore’s University as a Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Teacher.

From being Head of Year 10 in one of England’s largest inner-city high schools to his position of Head of House in an independent school in Sydney, throughout his teaching career, Dan has worked with students, teachers, parents and wider communities from all walks of life and socioeconomic backgrounds. Throughout his career he has acquired a deep understanding of youth issues through his development of educational programs to support youth at risk.

In 2010 he was awarded the NSW Premier’s Anika Foundation Teacher Scholarship in order to address and raise awareness of youth depression in education. This has enabled him to engage with the leading minds in the fields of education, mental wellbeing and positive psychology; these include Dr Jane Gillham, Jenny Fox-Eades and Sir Ken Robinson.

As well as Happy Schools, Dan has recently founded YouthEngagea not-for-profit initiative aimed at working with kids at risk and their communities. He will continue to pilot YouthEngage programs in NSW schools during 2014.

Dan is a member of Wellbeing Australia’s NSW Advisory Board, and is a Casual Academic in the Faculty of Education & Arts at the Australian Catholic University.

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