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





  • A bestselling author, Mike is the 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.



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 high school and are involved in all kinds of cool activities. 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 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.



Ryan Nygren, Managua, Nicaragua

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.

Beth Hart, Special Education Teacher, Hot Springs, VA
Valley Elementary School, Bath County Public Schools

This (Social and Emotional Learning in Academic Teaching) is one of the best classes I have ever had! Even with my 39 years of teaching, this was a class I needed to jump-start my school year in a positive direction.

Irene Rodriguez, Managua, Nicaragua

This is the best workshop I've received in my 4 years at ANS. You were clear, dynamic, and hands-on. The way you gave the presentation was the same way we need to start working--structured, with choices, reflection, with modeling and real examples. Thank you so much! Please come back!

Jenna Tenore, East Hartford, CT

It is important to celebrate and reflect as a whole staff on both successes and challenges! It was a true gift to have the time to then establish and share goals.

Craig LeClaire, Special Education Teacher, Escanaba, MI
Escanaba, MI

Mike not only teaches you how to become a better teacher, he models his own teaching in a way that makes you want to emulate what he does.

Jeanine Heil, Deerfield, MA

Within three full days of work with Mike, my staff was energized and excited to incorporate choice into their classrooms.


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