Consulting and Professional Development Work


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    Speaker at national conferences
    including ASCD and NCTE
  • Independent consultant in schools and districts throughout the US and beyond on a variety of topics such as social and emotional learning, teacher health and balance, and using choice to boost engagement and differentiation
  • Classroom coach for both beginning and experienced educators
  • ASCD Whole Child Approach advisor
  • Formerly a Responsive Classroom® consultant, presenter, and lead developer



Professional Accolades





  • Mike is the author of many books about great teaching and learning, including through leading publishers like ASCD and Heinemann.
  • Mike has also written numerous articles about a variety of topics including publications in Educational Leadership and Language Arts.
  • Mike also writes somewhat regular blog posts, including those by grumpy (but wise) Uncle Curmudgeon.



Teaching Experience


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    Classroom teacher
    for 15 years in grades 3-5, continues to hold a NH teaching certification
  • Graduate level instructor through the University of New Hampshire summer literacy institutes
  • Many other roles including both age-group and high school swim coach, preschool teacher, camp counselor, and more. Mike has been working with kids for his entire life!



Personal Life


Mike lives in Durham, NH with his incredible family. His wife, Heather, is also an educator and is now focused on pursuing work as a knitting teacher and designer of knitting. Ethan and Carly are both in middle school and are avid musicians. Together, the family loves to hike and bike, travel to visit family, and spend time with great friends in town.

In addition to his work with education, Mike enjoys swimming, running, and hiking. He also enjoys nature around his house, gardening and landscaping and keeping logs and photos of birds and animals he sees in the yard. He also likes to take on house projects such as building concrete counter tops and replacing windows. A recent hobby is using beach stones to create fun projects such as wine stoppers, coat hooks, and cabinet knobs. Mike is also an avid Red Sox fan, but don’t worry, he’ll still consult in Yankee territory.



Mike Anderson's workshop "Challenge through Choice" was engaging and enlightening. It will make you rethink the choices available to the children you work with each day.

Nancy Pierce Title I Reading Teacher

Mike's workshop was very engaging and he did an outstanding job of modeling the ideas and strategies he presented to us. (Practice what you preach!)

Jason Kittles 1st Grade Teacher, American Nicaraguan School, Managua, Nicaragua

Everything Mike said in our session rang true for me! It is so refreshing to know that so many educators are feeling the same way and through goal setting and creative thinking we can all find balance and be the best teachers we can be!

Kristin 4th Grade Teacher

Mike did a wonderful job of giving our school helpful ways to manage and co-create an ideal classroom environment with students of all ages and backgrounds.

Kristine Kobe Assistant Teacher, Mirman School, Los Angeles, CA

This (Social and Emotional Learning in Academic Teaching) is one of the best classes I have ever had! Even with my 39 years of teaching, this was a class I needed to jump-start my school year in a positive direction.

Beth Hart, Special Education Teacher,

The Well-Balanced Teacher presentation was excellent. I could relate to Mike's scenarios and I appreciate that. I will buy that book!

Vicki, Teacher,


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