Dr. Mike Schmoker is a former administrator, English teacher, and football coach. He has written dozens of articles for educational journals, newspapers, and TIME magazine as well as multiple books for ASCD. In an EdWeek 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. 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, he delivers keynotes and consults internationally throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, China, and Jordan. He is the author of Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning and Leading with Focus: Elevating the Essentials for School and District Improvement.