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.



Mike’s presentation was lively and engaging, and the activities mirrored the content being delivered.

Lisa Armstrong Leyden, MA

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

Mike, you brought together a group of people who believe in SEL and managed to bring us closer to a collective understanding of the topic and the beginnings of a path toward action. You did NOT bring us a boiler plate.

Dennis Harrington Principal, Moharimet Elementary School, Madbury, NH

Life is about making choices and making good ones. For us teachers it should be about providing them to our students. As a learner, I highly recommend that you choose to work with Mr. Anderson through his workshops, books, blog, etc.

Ryan Nygren 5th Grade Teacher, American Nicaraguan School, Managua, Nicaragua

Mike's approach to teaching adults leads to an engaging and energizing atmosphere. It provides an effective model for teaching students!

Patty Gagnon 1st Grade Teacher, Fairgrounds Elementary School, Nashua, NH

This was the professional development workshop that I have been waiting for! I've never before felt so equipped and supported to try out new techniques to start the school year.

Kaya McAnear 2nd Grade Teacher, American Nicaraguan School, Managua, Nicaragua


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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.