Milken Educator Award announcement

Michael R. Anderson (NH ’04)


Mary C. Dondero Elementary School
Portsmouth, NH

At the time of the Award, Michael R. Anderson was:

Mary C. Dondero Elementary School
Portsmouth, NH
Subject(s) taught: General Elementary
Grade(s): 5

Biographical Information

Mike Anderson is currently working as a Responsive Classroom Program Developer for Northeast Foundation for Children, a non-profit organization that supports teachers across the United States. He is the author of five books about teaching and learning: The Well-Balanced Teacher (ASCD, 2010), three books in the What Every Teacher Needs to Know series (NEFC, 2010-2011), and The Research-Ready Classroom (Heinemann, 2006). As a classroom teacher, Mike helped blend academic, social, and emotional learning for his students, creating classrooms where children loved to learn and where they learned to work together effectively.

Personal Message

In the work in which I’m currently engaged, I’m looking for examples of teachers who blend academic and social/emotional work with students. How do you create learning environments that are both academically rigorous as well as joyful and engaging? How do you create classrooms where diversity of talents and interests is a strength rather than a liability? How are you creating learning environments that resemble the environments of highly-skilled workplaces? I would also love to hear stories about how you, as successful and passionate educators, maintain your energy and fire for teaching. I have started a Facebook page to help teachers connect around the issue of staying healthy and balanced in the profession. Please join the discussion at

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    Mike Anderson is an education consultant, award-winning teacher, and author of many books including What We Say and How We Say It MatterThe Well-Balanced Teacher, The First Six Weeks of School, The Research-Ready Classroom, and Learning to Choose, Choosing to Learn. Learn more about Mike and his work or invite him to work with your school or district through his website: Connect with Mike on Twitter: @balancedteacher.

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    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.