Dan Haesler


2010 NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarship recipient


Positive Schools VIC - Day Two Main Stage Talk and Workshop


About Dan


Dan Haesler is a teacher, a blogger and a speaker.

Originally from Manchester where he was Head of Year and taught Physical Education in inner-city high schools, he now teaches Personal Development, Health and Physical Education and is a member of the welfare team at an independent school in Sydney, Australia.

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

As well as speaking at conferences around Australia, Dan’s work has been featured in professional journals and the mainstream media including Channel 10 and ABC Radio.

He also writes for the education page of the Sydney Morning Herald and was recently quoted in the Australian Houses of Parliament during a Senate Debate on Youth Depression and Suicide.

He works with schools, universities, not-for-profit and corporate organisations.


Presentation Overview


We Teach Kids – Not Subjects

All too often, wellbeing in schools is an afterthought, confined to the realm of the health teachers, counsellor or those with an interest in pastoral care.

Dan Haesler demonstrates how this not only has the obvious impact on the students’ mental health and wellbeing, but also impacts on academic performance, the desire to be a lifelong learner and students mindsets in general.

Haesler talks of creating a virtuous cycle where at its hub lies wellbeing. He demonstrates clearly how engagement and achievement are both essential for and dependent on wellbeing, and as such should be at the forefront of every educator’s thinking.

Citing the work of amongst others, Sir Ken Robinson, Carol Dweck, Tal Ben Shahar, Daniel Pink and Martin Seligman, Haesler proposes a new lens with which to view our roles as teachers in the 21st Century.

As well as challenging their own thinking, teachers will walk away with strategies they can implement first thing Monday morning.