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 was obviously very knowledgeable on the subject he presented, fielded questions in a thorough and thoughtful way, was able to give positive suggestions for specific issues, and make it seem less daunting to implement ideas than teachers initially thought.

Pat Shilo Bernardston, MA

Mike is super engaging--presenting information in a real and fun manner--keeping the group interested and entertained and allowing us to explore topics with multiple modalities.

Kristin Gibbs 1/2 Grade Teacher

Mike Anderson's ASCD Empower17 presentation, "Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn" is rich in content and resources.

Tina Spurlock Educator, El Capitan High School, Merced, CA

As a first year teacher I am so glad I got to experience this workshop with Mike. He gave us so many new resources and activities that I am eager to try out in my first classroom. Thank you!

Devenn Glickman Teacher, Fairgrounds Elementary School, Nashua, NH

Learning how to plan for and structure student choice in literature made me both more excited and comfortable with incorporating choice into my classroom.

Emily Reynolds 5th Grade Reading Teacher, Eastern Elementary/Middle School, Pembroke, VA

Mike's workshop was great. He modeled classroom practices with participants, providing us with choices, interaction, and ideas that can be put to use tomorrow!

Allison Kahkonen Administrator, Brewer, ME


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