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

 

 

Writing

 

  • 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

 

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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.

 

Testimonials

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, thank you so much for sharing your expertise and wisdom! I really enjoyed both of the sessions I attended. I came away with practical ideas to implement in my teaching! Thanks for your humor and clear-concise instruction!

Gayle Robert Teacher, Saint Charles Parish, LA

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 makes choice seem so important and yet so easy to implement at the same time. His realistic approach and easy-going style helps him be very relatable to the whole staff.

Megan Shulda Math Teacher, Deerfield Elementary, Deerfield, MA

Mike's presentation skills are exceptional. He balances the pace of delivery with a combination of active engagement and reflection. Great energy and fun!

Cheryl Whipple Theme Coach, Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School, East Hartford, CT

Mike offered realistic, applicable strategies regarding choice and promoting positive social-emotional health in the classroom. I am excited to start this year with so many new tools in my tool belt!

Shelby Buker 3rd Grade Teacher, American Nicaraguan School, Managua, Nicaragua


 

(Responsive Classroom is a registered service mark of Center for Responsive Schools, Inc.)

 

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Mike Anderson
Leading Great Learning
Durham, NH
Phone: +1 413.658.7907
leadinggreatlearning.com
mike@leadinggreatlearning.com

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.