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.



This workshop around choice was excellent. Actual planning and discussion time makes it time very well spent!

Lisa Armstrong

This (workshop) was such a great reminder of how important it is to provide choice to all of our students. It was engaging and informative!

Erin Moore Teacher, Concord, NH

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 gave me the opportunity to reflect on and better my teaching practices in an engaging and well thought out format.

Andrea Lawrence Teacher, Durham, NH

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 Anderson came to our school and has provided us with workshop days, and as a new teacher I found his ideas and philosophies very motivating. I feel ready and excited to hit the ground running!

Veronica Bodden ELL Teacher, Fairgrounds Elementary School, Nashua, NH


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