Sean Slade

Sean Slade

Alexandria, United States

Sean Slade is Senior Director of Global Outreach at ASCD, where he leads the promotion and expansion of ASCD’s Whole Child approach mission. Advocate for wellbeing, agency, and learning ecosystems.

Sean Slade is the Senior Director of Global Outreach at ASCD, where he leads the promotion and expansion of ASCD’s Whole Child approach and mission. During his three decades in education, spanning 5 countries and 4 continents, he has spoken and written extensively on topics related to the whole child, health, well-being, school climate, and the promotion of ecosystemic approach to education systems reform.
He is a Social & Emotional Learning expert for NBC Education Nation and NBC Parent Toolkit, VP for Advocacy at the International Union for Health Promotion & Education (North America), member of the OECD 2030 Future of Education Task Force, and founding member of the UNESCO Chair on Global Health & Education.  He has written for the Washington Post, Huffington Post, EdWeek, and ASCD's Inservice blog and has published with ASCD, Routledge, Abingdon Press, and Human Kinetics.

n 2014 he led the development and launch of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model (WSCC) in conjunction with the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) which has become the preeminent school health model used across the US, and a driving framework for the alignment and integration of health and education.

Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?

HundrED has proved itself to be one of the leading entities for promoting, disseminating, and advocating for progressive education globally. While there are many ways to do this, its Community demonstrates a unified appreciation of the value of education in improving the individual, their community, and society by empowering stakeholders (including students!).

How can education support students to flourish?

Ownership. Agency. Cocreation. Meaning. But underlying this education must start a conversation with students themselves on what the role and purpose is or could be.

What role does innovation play in education change?

Education is the sector that readies youth for the future, and as such must constantly be innovating/changing/adapting. As our world becomes more VUCA the ability to pivot/adjust will become more needed and education can aid this by both trialing and showcasing change.

Three HundrED innovations you love. (and Why?)

Dream a Dream - the progress made by Vishal and others has been remarkable raising hope and instilling belief. Remake Education - this initiative stands out as a community-wide initiative that has successfully brought stakeholders together around a common theme and purpose.

Three innovations you would love for HundrED to know about. (and Why?)

Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) - now in place across 40 US states seeks to put education and health together as a frame for schools. Global School Health Statement - this initiative aims to reframe the relationship between the Health and Education. Tacoma Whole Child - this district just outside Seattle has made huge strides in a community wide Whole Child approach.