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.



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

This PD (effective discipline) kept me engaged and it was respectful. (We didn't have to do silly exercises that weren't helpful.) It was very helpful to practice using appropriate language that will be used in the classroom.

Stephanie Wiatr Pre-K Teacher

Mike's workshop was great. He modeled classroom practices with participants, providing us with choices, interaction, and ideas that can be put to use tomorrow!

Allison Kahkonen Administrator, Brewer, ME

The workshop was engaging and highly informative. Mike has equipped our school tool box with strategies to cultivate reflection and student growth in fun and caring ways. They were two days well spent!

Lori Fine 4th Grade Math/Science Teacher, American Nicaraguan School, Managua, Nicaragua

What a wonderfully rich and informative workshop! Mike's experience and expertise was inspiring and I can't wait to try the proactive strategies! Thank you, Mike, for the engaging experience!

Laura Brannon 2nd Grade Teacher, American Nicaraguan School, Managua, Nicaragua

Mike is an energetic, enthusiastic presenter. Very knowledgeable with a compassion for others in the profession!

Jen Proffitt Social Emotional Development Teacher


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