Consulting and Professional Development Work
- 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
- In 2004, Mike was a recipient of the National Milken Educator Award. Known as the “Oscars of teaching”, the Milken Award recognizes and celebrates outstanding teachers. In addition to local, state, and national recognition, recipients receive a $25,000 unrestricted award.
- Mike was one of five finalists for the New Hampshire Teacher of the Year in 2005.
- The What Every Teacher Needs to Know series, which Mike co-authored, was a finalist for the Distinguished Achievement Award, given by the Association of Educational Publishers.
- The First Six Weeks of School, which Mike authored, was awarded a bronze medal by the Independent Publisher Book Awards in 2016.
- Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn was chosen as the ASCD member book for April of 2016. More than 62,000 copies were sent to educators in more than 100 countries.
- has written many books about great teaching and learning 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.
- 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!
In addition to his work with education, Mike enjoys nature around his house–gardening, 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 countertops and replacing windows. His recent hobby is running. He’s working to drop his 5K time and is also enjoying trying half marathons. Mike is also an avid Red Sox fan, but don’t worry, he’ll still consult in Yankee territory.
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