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.



Vicki, Teacher, Menominee, MI
Menominee, MI

The Well-Balanced Teacher presentation was excellent. I could relate to Mike's scenarios and I appreciate that. I will buy that book!

Dennis Harrington, Madbury, NH

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.

Brenda Muse, Franklin County, VA

Mike made me realize that as a school division, we must do more to help teachers realize that taking care of yourself is vital and a necessity.

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.

Maria G., Teacher, JFK School, Port Chester, NY
Port Chester, NY

Mike came into our school and said out loud what we all feel and think. He validated our concerns and made me realize that there are good reasons I'm behind and so tired.

Stefanie Hein, East Hartford, CT

I came into the workshop (Working Toward Health and Balance) feeling stressed, drained and mentally exhausted but ended up feeling rejuvenated and with a new found appreciation for stress and collaboration and taking care of myself.


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