Dr. Mike Schmoker
is a former school administrator, English teacher and football coach. He has written five books and dozens of articles for educational journals and newspapers, TIME magazine and was a regular columnist for Phi Delta Kappan.
His most recent book is the best-selling FOCUS: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning. His previous bestseller is RESULTS NOW, which was a finalist for “book of the year” by the Association of Education Publishers. He is a featured author in ASCD’s Master Class series.
Dr. Schmoker is the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) for his publications and presentations. He has consulted and keynoted for hundreds of organizations throughout the US, Canada, Australia and the kingdom of Jordan. He now lives in Tempe, Arizona with his wife Cheryl.
His other books include:
Results: the Key to Continuous School Improvement (an ASCD bestseller).
Results Now: How We Can Achieve Unprecedented Improvements in Teaching and Learning (ASCD bestseller; selected as a finalist for “Book of the year” by the Educational Publishers Association.
Reviews for FOCUS: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning
Few writers on education ever get close to the clarity provided by Mike Schmoker. He is a pleasure to read, but always makes me angry. I keep thinking, why can't the rest of us see schools this clearly? In this book, he blows me away. He identifies the faddism that keeps killing our schools, and tells us precisely what educators must do--just a few simple things, but difficult because they contradict what the crowd thinks is right. Read it and be amazed, and frustrated, and motivated to do something to fix this mess.
Jay Mathews, education columnist for the Washington Post
Once again, Mike Schmoker takes a wide array of complex concepts and initiatives and weaves them into a framework that is not only easily understood but translates into immediate action.
Robert J. Marzano, C.E.O. of Marzano Research Laboratory
In Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning, Mike Schmoker comforts the afflicted--teachers, administrators, and students straining under the weight of multiple initiatives--and afflicts the comfortable--education reformers more enamored with flashy process than meaningful results. This book will help new teachers focus on the essentials of curriculum and lessons, and will help veterans, weary of the perpetual hail of silver bullets, to rediscover the joy of teaching with purpose. Most importantly, this book will help students who are depending on leaders and policymakers to listen to the evidence, give up the fad of the day, and focus on learning.
Douglas B. Reeves, C.E.O. of The Leadership and Learning Center