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Sean Slade's Biography


Sean Slade is an Australian-American global education leader, speaker, and author, with three decades of experience in education, who resides in the Washington DC area. With a strong background in education reform and wellbeing, he has driven policy change, implemented initiatives, and developed educational leaders to enhance the social impact of education. He has helped lead the whole child movement in education, focusing on a more learner-centered and holistic approach to education, and has been a leading advocate for the alignment of health and education. A former teacher, head of department, and educational researcher, he serves as the Head of Education at BTS Spark, North America, a not-for-profit practice focusing on developing the next generation of school leaders. He is a Social & Emotional Learning expert for NBC Today; advisory member for the OECD’s Future of Education & Skills 2030, and WISE All-In; hundrEd global ambassador, and a founding member of the UNESCO Chair on Global Health & Education. He has spoken around the world and written for the Washington Post, Huffington Post, EdWeek, and been published by ASCD, Abingdon Press, Human Kinetics, and Routledge. His latest book is The Power of the Whole: What is Lost by Focusing on Individual Things (Rowman & Littlefield, 2023).

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