David Bott is a sought-after speaker, author and education consultant who works with government organisations and some of the world’s leading schools to help guide wellbeing vision and strategy. As an expert in applied wellbeing science, David has supported thousands of educators from hundreds of schools around the world in designing and implementing system-level approaches to wellbeing and cultural change.

David sits on the UAE Government’s Dubai Future Council for Education, is a Director on the PESA (Positive Education Schools Association) board, and has published in academic journals and industry periodicals. David’s bestselling book, 10 Things Schools Get Wrong: And How We Can Get Them Right was published in 2020.

David has led significant projects, partnering with government and non-government organisations, to help support the embedding of wellbeing science in school and community systems in Australia, UAE, and Hong Kong.

David’s current work is informed by his five years as Associate Director at the Institute of Positive Education and his 15 years of practical teaching experience in Australia and the UK where he held senior pastoral and academic leadership positions.

Jared Cooney Horvath (PhD, MEd) is a neuroscientist, educator, and author of Stop Talking, Start Influencing: 12 Insights from Brain Science to Make Your Message Stick. At the crossroads between the laboratory and the classroom, Jared spends most of his time working directly with schools or helping companies, schools and organizations to improve training, education, impact, and engagement.

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Show Highlights

  • “See” the expertise of educators to elevate education.
  • Adopt Skunkworks and operate at the fringes.
  • True Moments in teaching distinguish the visible from invisible.
  • The magic of elite teaching occurs at this intersection.
  • Education isn’t broken but needs these tweaks on the edges.
  • What grades say about the world?
  • The bigger question to ask to truly serve your school.
  • Accept the mess of education to move forward with respect of the system. 
David Bott and Jared Cooney Horvath: Education Is Not Broken

“Let me start by saying, the book is called, 10 Things Schools Get Wrong and How We Can Get Them Right. This is not a book about just criticizing education. It is providing an alternate view and a way to move forward.”

– David Bott



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