David Tranter

Professor, Lakehead University
Lakehead University


Dr. David Tranter lives in Thunder Bay, Ontario and has been teaching and working in mental health, well-being, and education for over 30 years. He is a researcher, professor and the Scientific Director of The Centre for Relationship-Based Education. He works widely with educators to support students at all grade levels to reach their highest potential. Much of his work has been with at-risk youth with a focus on supporting students who are marginalized or have experienced trauma in any of its forms. He believes in educating the whole student and that, outside of the home, the school setting is the most effective context to meet the learning and development needs of all children and youth. He is a passionate believer in the transformative nature of education and works with schools all across Canada. He is a dynamic, thought-provoking, and entertaining speaker, who has challenged educators across the country to think differently about their role, and to understand the needs of students on a deeper level. He is the co-creator of the Relationship-Based Approach to Education, a pedagogical framework that promotes both student well-being and academic achievement. His book, “The Third Path: A Relationship-Based Approach to Student Well-being and Achievement.”, published by Nelson is now available. More information about his work can be found at www.relationshipbasedschool.ca.


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