Dan Sweeney


Director and Facilitator

Washington, USA

Dan is a champion of SEL work who focuses his practice on cultivating SEL in his classroom, his division, his school, and his community in Seattle.

As the Intermediate and Middle School Head and Director of Professional Growth at Seattle Country Day School since 2010, Dan has facilitated the adoption of SEL through tight cross-curricular, pan-departmental integration, and through a purposeful center class for intermediate school students.

Prior to moving to Seattle, Dan taught 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th grade at North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, Illinois. During his time at North Shore he also worked in admissions, communications and marketing, and was a member of the Board of Trustees as faculty representative.

Dan has delivered presentations on a range of issues at the National Association of Independent Schools annual conference on global education, bully prevention, and SEL. He believes that social-emotional learning plays a vital role in children being able to understand themselves and to relate meaningfully to others, whether they are in the classroom or halfway around the world.

Dan is a graduate of Kenyon College and Trinity School in New York City.  He also attended the Klingenstein Summer Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University, and traveled to Japan as a Fulbright Memorial Scholar.

Prior to his work in education, Dan worked as an assistant director of admissions at Kenyon College and as an account executive in advertising sales.  He also served as a deputy campaign manager for Geraldine Ferraro’s US Senate race in 1998.

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