Brief Overview

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.



Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn is a workshop that motivates me to continue shifting my mindset toward giving students the control of their learning. It is meaningful because it applies to everyday practice.

Ruth Albuquerque Primary School Assistant Principal, American Nicaraguan School, Managua, Nicaragua

You are incredibly calm and engaging! Humor adds so much to your talks. You should consider a TED Talk!

Danielle Lutenegger 5th Grade Teacher, Deerfield Elementary, Deerfield, MA

Mike Anderson delivers powerful instruction designed to help every learner be a part of the experience. He models good teaching expertly and keeps the level of engagement high throughout his class.

Francesca Kennedy Kindergarten Teacher, Mast Way Elementary School, Lee, NH

This was an exceptional workshop. Mike did a great job explaining the importance of giving students choices and how to model them for our students. The group interaction and changes in tempo and flow that Mike provided made it both interesting and informative.

Jake Berlinski, Teacher,

Mike is a polished and sincere presenter. His stories of being a classroom teacher resonated with us all. The content supported our goals and aligned with our approach.

Cheryl Whipple Theme Coach

Mike's presentation modeled the very practices he was promoting. He offered choice as a realistic practice for already overwhelmed teachers and provided examples that moved participants from theory to practice.

Cindy Stevens Field Supervisor, University of Maine, Farmington


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Mike Anderson
Leading Great Learning
Durham, NH
Phone: +1 413.658.7907

Leading Great Learning

Mike Anderson is an energetic, experienced, and highly sought-after educational consultant who helps facilitate great learning in schools all over the United States and beyond. He has over twenty years of experience as a teacher, consultant, presenter, and developer and has authored many books and articles about great teaching and learning.