Ask about Dan Haesler
Key Points
  • Dan Haesler is a former teacher of 15 years who now writes, speaks and consults on issues of whole school engagement, wellbeing and leadership.
  • Consistantly described as engaging, thought provoking and someone who pushes the boundaries; Dan has appeared alongside educational luminaries including Sir Ken Robinson and Stephen Heppell. He has also been featured on Channel 10 and the ABC for his work around youth depression. 
  • In his role as a consultant, Dan has worked with the NSW and VIC governments on education initiatives, not-for-profit organisations, regional education offices, professional associations and individual schools. 
  • He has recently founded YouthEngage; a not-for-profit initiative aimed at reaching kids at-risk of disengaging from education.
Topics
  • Engagement
    The body of literature around engagement continues to grow, yet research suggests that work, community and school engagement continue to be of serious concern to leaders and educators alike. Dan's presentations explore questions like:
    • What does authentic engagement look like and why do we so often mistake conformity for engagement?
    • What can you do to encourage authentic engagement in your organisation?
    • What are some of the barriers to authentic engagement and what can you do to remove them?
    • What is the role of technology in engagement within and without your organisation?
  • Mindset
    Too many people believe they don’t need to learn, or that they can’t learn. Professor Carol Dweck contends that this is due to individuals developing a fixed mindset with regard to their capabilities. Dweck argues that learning is stunted and many social issues can arise by having a fixed mindset. She says in order to us to flourish, we need a growth mindset – a disposition that embraces challenge, seeks out feedback and values effort as the pathway to mastery. Dan's presentations tackle issues like:
    • Could a growth mindset be the key to unlocking our potential?
    • What are some of the self-sabotaging behaviours that come about as a result of a fixed mindset?
    • What are some of the cultural forces within our organisations and communities that can impact mindset?
    • How can you develop a growth mindset?
  • Wellbeing
    The World Health Organisation predicts that by 2030, the leading cause of illness in the world will be depression. Dan's presentations explore issues around wellbeing, resilience and positive psychology - the science of human flourishing. He explores questions like:
    • What steps can we take today to enhance our personal wellbeing?
    • What steps can we take today to enhance our organisational wellbeing?
    • I'm doing alright, why should we care about wellbeing?
    • Is balance even possible in today's busy world?
  • Leadership
    Dan's presentations explore how leaders can affect change in their organisations or communities with regard to engagement, wellbeing and mindset. Dan's presentations encourage leaders to reflect on the following:
    • How do we identify areas to improve without de-motivating our team?
    • How can we get buy in?
    • How do we frame failure or setbacks in our context?
    • How do we 'get stuff done?'
Testimonials

Dan was entertaining and engaging and was able to deliver his talk in the context of our school. The feedback from staff was extremely positive. Dan set up our conference perfectly. 
Cecil Hills High School

Dan is a passionate, heartfelt presenter who combines his frontline experiences of young people with a polished storytelling style that connects effectively with his audiences. The topics and issues that he presents on are both thought provoking and inspiring and this allows him to engage his audiences at both a professional and more personal, emotional level. His unique style urges the audience to re-assess their relationship with and responsibility towards the young people that they care for which can only lead to them becoming more empathic, understanding and committed to their role.
Chair of Generation Next Seminars & Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry
Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney

I highly recommend Dan as an inspirational speaker for people from any background with an interest in the future of education.
Managing Director 
MojoLife, United Kingdom

One of the most powerful and genuinely engaging presentations I’ve ever experienced! Thank you!
Author, Speaker and Chief Projects Officer
Thought Leaders

Dan Haesler is doing wonderful work in incorporating some of the concepts of positive psychology with his vision of a 21st century education. His articles are both engaging and thought provoking.
Author & Lecturer
Harvard University, USA

Dan Haesler’s presentation on “Engaging Kids Today” was one of the highlights of the Young Minds 2012 conference. Dan is a captivating storyteller and his passion for teaching and for engaging young people in a meaningful way made for an inspiring and informative session.
Conference Director
Young Minds 2012

I cannot recommend Dan highly enough – he joined a very high calibre of speaker (including Sir Ken Robinson, Stephen Heppell and Alan November) at the Tech in K-12 Congress in 2012 and was on-par with the ideas, presentation style and engagement levels of the big names in education. He was the closing speaker and he held the audience engaged like no other closing keynote I’ve seen. His insights were tailored and relevent, his presentation style was dynamic. Best of all, he posed thought-provoking questions that stimulated discussion, pushed the boundaries and encouraged schools to act. Don’t think twice about working with Dan.
Conference Director
EduTECH (formerly known as the Tech in K-12 Congress)

Dan Haesler is an inspirational teacher who speaks with skill and passion about the most important issue in education today; the mental health of our children! It is a real privilege working with him! He brings a fresh, moving and often amusing perspective to an issue that is all too often, left on the periphery of education thinking.
Richard Gerver – Renowned speaker and author of “Creating Tomorrow’s Schools Today”

Dan is a passionate, heartfelt presenter who combines his frontline experiences of young people with a polished storytelling style that connects effectively with his audiences. The topics and issues that he presents on are both thought provoking and inspiring and this allows him to engage his audiences at both a professional and more personal, emotional level. His unique style urges the audience to re-assess their relationship with and responsibility towards the young people that they care for which can only lead to them becoming more empathic, understanding and committed to their role.
Chair of Generation Next Seminars & Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry
Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney

Undoubtedly, Dan Haesler is a rising star in Australian educational circles! As an inspirational guest lecturer to my trainee PDHPE teachers, he mesmerised with his content and delivery methods. Dan’s engaging personality and deep knowledge base are wonderful assets.
Associate Professor School of Education
University of Western Sydney

I was delighted to welcome Dan Haesler to speak at the WA and QLD Positive Schools conferences in 2011. Dan was one of our keynote speakers along-side Michael Carr Gregg and Steve Biddulph. He spoke confidently and passionately to 750 fellow teachers.  He was humorous, energetic and moving as he carried the audience with his words from start to finish.  Everyone could relate to his concern over the enormous pressure we put young Australians under in our attempt to get them to ‘do well’ academically.  Moreover, many were inspired by his suggestions for a greater emphasis to be placed on making learning a lifelong passion, not a race to a certain outcome. Dan obviously cares enormously about his work, about the roles schools can play in providing holistic education and most of all, about the wellbeing of young people.  I recommend him highly and look forward to seeing him talk again.
Associate Professor
School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, M521, Honorary Research Fellow, Graduate School of Education, M428, University of Western Australia