Best-Selling Author, Award-Winning Speaker, and Educator
Dan Blanchard is an award-winning author, speaker, and educator, as well as a parenting expert, certified life coach, columnist, double veteran of two different U.S. Military Branches, two-time Junior Olympian Wrestler, two-time Junior Olympian Coach, and father of five!
Dan Blanchard the Best-Selling Author, Award-Winning Speaker, and Educator, as well as, two-time Junior Olympian Wrestler, and two-time Junior Olympian Wrestling Coach grew up as a student-athlete. However, Dan admits that as a youth he was more of an athlete than a student. Dan has now successfully completed fourteen years of college and has earned seven degrees. He teaches Special Education and Social Studies in Connecticut’s largest inner-city high school where he was chosen by the AFT-CT as the face and voice of educational reform and is now on the speaking circuit for them. Dan was with the team that put forth Connecticut’s new Social Studies Frameworks and is also a member of the Special Education Advisory Board to the Connecticut State Department of Education. In addition, Dan is a Teacher Consultant for the University of Connecticut’s Writing Project. Finally, Dan is a double veteran of the Army and the Air Force.
Because Dan’s students repeatedly asked him to write a book to tell others what he tells them, Dan finally listened and has now authored teen leadership books, The Storm: How Young Men Become Good Men, and its sequel, A Sprint to the Top: How to Win the Game of Life. He has also written academic books called, Evaluating Professional Development in An Urban High School and co-authored another book with the American Federation of Teachers called, A Teacher’s Guide to the Common Core. His next academic book, How to Become More Successful with Difficult Students is due out by the holidays. Finally, Dan writes a dozen columns on things from leadership, teens, education, special education, and parenting.
As an educator, coach, tutor, author, speaker, life coach, columnist, blogger and parent Dan feels that it is his duty to positively influence our youth every chance that he gets! He lives with his wife, Jennifer, their five children, and the family dog in Connecticut.