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 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

Mike constantly modeled good teaching in our course. He was responsive to our needs, flexible in his planning and provided us with numerous resources to be successful. I appreciate that he gave tangible ways to incorporate our learning into the classroom.

Amy Bates 8th Grade ELA Teacher, Lawrence, MA

From this workshop (Challenge through Choice, Literacy) I will be able to empower my students and their learning through choice.

Bethany Kliewer 6th Grade LA Teacher, Dublin Middle School, Pulaski, VA

Mike Anderson's presentation on effective discipline was insightful and made our teaching staff think carefully about language choice and child centered approaches to support social-emotional learning.

Jessica Ben-David Teacher

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.

Brenda Norse Director of Instruction, Franklin County, VA

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.

Craig LeClaire, Special Education Teacher,


(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

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.