Mike Schmoker, Ed.D., is a former teacher, administrator and coach. He is the author of several best-selling books, one of which was a finalist for book of the year by the Association of Education Publishers. He has authored dozens of articles for educational journals, newspapers, and TIME magazine. In an Education Week survey of national educational leaders, he was identified as among the best sources of practical nuts and bolts . . . advice, wisdom and insight on effective school improvement strategies. Dr. Schmoker is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of Secondary School Principals for his publications and presentations. As a much sought-after presenter, Dr. Schmoker delivers keynotes and consults internationally including throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, China, and Jordan.