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Bestselling and Award-Winning Author, Speaker, Educator, and A TV Host!

Dan Blanchard is a bestselling and award-winning author, speaker, and educator. A TV Host. A 2X Junior Olympian Wrestler and 2X Junior Olympian Wrestling Coach, a veteran of the Army and Air Force, a parenting expert, certified life coach, international columnist, and father of five!

Dan Blanchard the Bestselling and Award-Winning Author, Speaker, and Educator. TV Host. Two-time Junior Olympian Wrestler and two-time Junior Olympian Wrestling Coach who 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 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 of the Connecticut State Department of Education. In addition, Dan is a Teacher Consultant for the University of Connecticut’s Writing Project. Dan is a double veteran of the Army and the Air Force. And there is now a play being written about his life.

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, parenting books, leadership books, sportsbooks, books on authorpreneurship, and more. 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, parent, and TV Host, Dan feels that it is his duty to positively influence our youth everyone else too every chance that he gets! He lives with his wife, Jennifer, their five children, and the family dog in Connecticut.



Dan, Great Job…

What a wonderful story. Inspirational and moving.  Adversity makes Champions. I love how you bring the young and the wise together. One speaks, one listens and one grows. Dan You have truly captured the essence of triumph in the human spirit.

Thank you for sharing this with me.

God Bless…

Rodney Smith
Olympic Bronze Medalist

I personally know how difficult it can be sometimes for young men and their families.

 I have known Dan for several years now and I personally know that he has done a lot of good for a lot of young men. His book, The Storm, will only compound the good that he does for families and their young struggling men.

Tebucky Jones
New England Patriots Super Bowl Champion

Dan Blanchard Nails it

Truly wonderful read providing great insight applicable to all ages. Reflects the importance of mentorship in an easily read manner.

(Ret.) Army General Gay

David W Gay
M.G. ( Ret )

Dan Blanchard is a hero in our family

He was a great role model and a source of inspiration for my boys when they were in high school. He helped them grow up to be good men and now he is sharing his heart-touching story, ‘The Storm’ which will do the same for you, your sons and your family!

Paula Mele
Mrs. International CT

Reading this book feels like sitting down with family and good friends

Daniel Blanchard’s parenting book, The Storm  is a book I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to read. Reading this book feels like sitting down with family and good friends, people who really care about you and want to share secrets with you to inspire, uplift and challenge you to live a truly meaningful life. The Storm has many valuable, commonsense lessons that can help anyone of us live a life full of promise, a life that we can truly be proud of. Sometimes even with the best of intentions, we feel stuck, unable and unsure how we can achieve our goals. The Storm will give you that extra nudge to go after your dreams, stop holding on to a past that may be holding you back, believe in yourself,  and resolve once and for all to take control of your life.

Anyone who has ever said or thought “I wish I knew then I what I know now” needs to get a copy of, The Storm, read it and then pass it on to a loved one.

Betsey Katiti
Ugandan Princess

Dan’s writing is authentic

Dan Blanchard understands that intrinsic values and internal locus of control are essential attributes we as educators need to foster…. Dan writes about responsibility being key to our children’s success…. Dan’s writing is authentic and expresses his deep concern for our school children’s future.

Dr. Lawrence Fenn
Superintendent of Schools. President of Collaborative Educational Designs, LLC and Planning For Crisis Inc. College Professor

My friend Dan Blanchard has spelled out the secrets to success

 in this heartwarming story of a grandfather and his grandson. All of us can find words and concepts to live by in this interesting tale

Dick Curland
Former Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Educational Consultant, and College Adjunct Instructor.

Dan’s story contains excellent common sense advice in a very easy read

I would recommend it to teenagers, parents or anyone who works with young people. It is a great stimulant for family or classroom conversations.

 Good luck Dan.

Michael Foran
National Principal of the Year!

Dan’s book encompasses a great message while still be relevant to teens today.

It is rare these days to find a truly positive young adult text that is void of violence, sex and drugs.  Dan’s book encompasses a great message while still be relevant to teens today.

Colleen Moffett
Teacher of the Year!

Dan Blanchard’s book is a must read for any family dealing with generational issues.

 A Grandfather reaches out to a troubled teen and helps him to discover how to make it though turbulent times. The message of Constant, And, Never-ending, Deliberate, Improvement, will help young and old to learn what it takes to succeed in an imperfect world. You will be feeling lucky after you read this book!

January Jones
Thou Shalt Not Whine. The Eleventh Commandment

A must read for today’s young adults!

 What a privilege to have an expert educator provide so much insight and inspiration through a modern story that really resonates with the tumultuous life of today’s teens. This book will make a wonderful gift for any teen you wish to see succeed.

Krista H. Wells, Ph.D.
Military Spouse Coach and Professional Speaker

Award-Winning Author, Daniel Blanchard shares tons of ageless wisdom in his delightful book. 

If you have a youngster, make sure to read it with them.  Warning- you most likely will be surprised at how much important information you, yourself, will learn.

Rev. Trent Blanchard
M.A. HR Consultant, Life Coach, Addiction Specialist, Radio Talk Show Host and Author of Triple A for the Soul- Your

Dan Blanchard has the making of top-notch writer, speaker and shaker & mover. 

 His history of self-development and striving to improve himself is incredibly admirable. But more  importantly, his passion for influencing the lives of adolescents positively is impressive. I can’t wait to see what Dan will accomplish in the year to come!

Bill Corbett
Professional Speaker, Author and Television Host of From Soapbox to Stage.

Dan Blanchard has captured the essence of leadership development and teen mentoring

 in a series of books which reveal Granddaddy’s wisdom. The overall message of Granddaddy is how one generation passes on wisdom to another generation. Dan answers the question of whether change is incremental or simply a transformational event. For most of us it is the former that facilitates change in our lives and gets to the heart of how Granddaddy orchestrates change in his grandchild. As you move through the story many of the cultural issues we experience today are addressed which have broken the traditional family structure that Granddaddy grew up with. Based on this if you are a teenager who does not have a father figure this book is for you as the secrets of life are revealed through the teenager in the story by his grandfather. His grandfather is the leader/mentor who passes on lessons this child may not have received otherwise. It’s not simply a story of connection for broken homes but it is also a story of leadership development and the mentoring process. Fatherless homes would deeply resonate with this story but I think it also can have appeal for anyone who believes in teen mentoring and leadership development. Overall the story Dan has presented in his series of books is geared towards parents and their teenagers however it can be used by teachers in the classroom, mentors who do one-on-one mentoring, and leaders who seek to develop those they lead. Not only is this a great story but it is told by a great leader and mentor whom I greatly admire, Dan Blanchard.

Dr. Richard M. Pfohl
CEO & Founder of Navigos, a leadership consulting organization

a story of family ties and the search for wisdom

Dan Blanchard’s newest book, The Storm is a story of family ties and the search for wisdom, with a healthy dose of inspiration thrown in for good measure. As a parent, teacher and now a high school administrator, I know and value the importance of motivation when it comes to working with teenagers. Both young and old will find something they can relate to in Dan Blanchard’s books exploring the turbulent and challenging world of today’s youth. A must read for parents and teachers alike.

Richard Moriarty
Senior Executive Advisor-Hartford Culinary Arts Academy High School and former President of the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association.

Your work is AMAZING and SO IMPORTANT!!

 Your caring, knowing wisdom, and believing in teens will SAVE many lives!! Your words, and insight will also be utilized as a tool to help mold, shape, and guide teens and parents, as well as me too, for the rest of our lives! I am speaking from experience!

Julie Ann McCormick

a must read for school administrators

Dan Blanchard’s,Evaluation of Professional Development in an Urban High School is a must read for school administrators, instructional supervisors, and educators who strive to ensure the success of their students in an increasingly competitive 21st-century global economy. Dan brings to the fore the need for administrators to shift from the traditional role of manager to instructional leader. 21st-century instructional leaders must work collaboratively with teachers to design personalized professional development programs that will enable each teacher to attain success. Hopefully, Dan’s work will help lead to a paradigm shift in the development and delivery of professional development programs for instructional staff and leaders.

Jamie Edward Ciofalo
School Administrator, Author, Speaker, and Educational Consultant of POWER Educational Consultants

a must read for school administrators, classroom teachers and professors!

Dan Blanchard’s book, Evaluation of Professional Development in an Urban High School is a must read for school administrators, classroom teachers and professors! This is a well-researched book that sheds much needed light on how to maximize expert knowledge and transfer it to the hands on educators.  Anyone in academia benefits from this guide!

Oscar Staton
Education consultant, creator/CEO Teach Cow Network

Dan Blanchard has emerged as a leading voice in public education

 as a dynamic speaker, author and coach for teachers and school leaders. His book on evaluating professional development not only identifies specific problems with professional development, it also provides a blueprint for workable solutions that can be adapted in any school environment. Let this strategy change your culture of professional learning.

Dr. Greg Goins
Illinois School Superintendent Host of The Goin’ Digital Show, the Podcast for K-12 School Leaders.

It has been a pleasure getting to know Dan Blanchard

 over the last few years. All readers out there should make it their mission to become more familiar with Dan and his Granddaddy’s Secrets teen leadership books, especially his second book, ‘Feeling Good.’! This mysterious and inspiring leadership book will leave its readers eagerly anticipating its sequel.

Jerry Labriola
former CT Senator, M.D. and author of the mystery novel, Diamonds and Pirates

Never-ending efforts to help today’s youth, as well as helping our youth’s parents

Dan Blanchard has been on my radio show several times, and each time I find him more fascinating than the last with his never-ending efforts to help today’s youth, as well as helping our youth’s parents, and our educators who are trying to educate our youth. His book, “The Storm: How Young Men Become Good Men” is well worth the time and effort to read it. Keep going Dan. You’re making a difference out there for our youth and the people who care for our youth!

Mary Jones
Former talk show host WDRC-AM Hartford, CT

The difference he made in his students’ lives

I met Dan when I was a student in New Britain. The difference he made in his students’ lives back then, and the difference that he continues to make for all of us today is invaluable. We could all benefit from having more people like Dan in our lives!

Mayor Erin Stewart

Daniel Blanchard has his mind and his heart on the pulse of teenage issues and struggles

Daniel Blanchard has his mind and his heart on the pulse of teenage issues and struggles. He focuses on being a leader for your teen. How to help teens navigate through relationships and life gracefully and with inspiration. Inner Strength is something that teens are rarely being shown or taught in this day and age. There are a lot of confusing issues out there. Daniel points them out explicitly and shares amazing stories that draw you in and coach you at the same time.

I highly recommend his books to learn to coach your teen through the ups and downs of life!

Rick Titan – Transformational Coach and Speaker | Author of ‘Wrestling with Consciousness’ & E-book ‘Crush your Stress!’ | Creator of the Transformation Technique” | Razor Ramon- Former Professional Wrestler

I enjoyed reading, The Storm: How Young Men Become Good Men.

I don’t think I ever told you how much I enjoyed reading, The Storm: How Young Men Become Good Men. You have such an imagination, I couldn’t believe it. The Storm should be required reading for every young man in your classes, as it teaches some valuable lessons that they might not hear anywhere else. I passed your book on, as it needs to be read by as many people as possible, adults as well.

Kathy DiCocco
The H.O.P.E. Foundation for a Better Tomorrow

Keep up the good work

Love it when I find another former athlete who is now using his energy and vigor to make the lives of our youth better through his inspirational teachings, books, and speeches! Keep up the good work you’re doing Dan. You’re making a difference!

Danny Buggs
Former Washington Redskins Wide Receiver Author and Speaker

“Insightful, common sense approach to self-actualization.

“Insightful, common sense approach to self-actualization.  Dan’ ability to focus on key factors in improving one’s life is key.  Granddaddy’s advice crosses all generations…”

Dr. Abraham Chamie, Ph.D.
(Retired educator and corporate manager, Learning & Development, and recipient of Lifetime of Service award from the Wrestling Hall of Fame)

“I read Dan Blanchard’s book, The Storm in two nights

“I read Dan Blanchard’s book, The Storm in two nights. It was the best motivational book I have ever read! And I have read a lot of motivational books. Every school and youth organization in this country should have this book.” Sergeant Ernie Maynard WWII Veteran and Korean War Veteran.”

“I read Dan Blanchard’s book, The Storm in two nights

Dan’s Blog

An Educator’s Journey Through Special Education Blog 19

The Current State of Education Blog 19   This week of August 2022, we learned a lot of things that were very concerning from John Eisenberg, the executive director of the National Association of State […]

An Educator’s Journey Through Special Education Blog 18

Case Studies and IDEA Blog 18             This week I learned a lot from our distinguished presenter Bud Turnbull sharing two case studies of boys named Nathaniel and Endrew. Nathaniel had social, emotional, and behavioral […]

An Educator’s Journey Through Special Education Blog 17

CABE, Policy, Laws, and the Special Education Director Blog 17   While driving my car this week and thinking about the special education leadership lessons I’m learning in the Connecticut Aspiring Leadership Academy for Special […]