Michael Middleton, newly appointed dean of the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston, is co-author of the just-published Transforming Classroom Culture to Support Student Achievement (Corwin, 2014). A former middle school, high school and alternative school teacher, Michael is driven by three fundamental questions: What motivates kids to learn? How do you know which approaches work best, and for which kids? And how do you keep everyone in a diverse class motivated and participating?
Michael previously served as chair of the Department of Education at the University of New Hampshire where he held an endowed professorship. Michael’s students consistently gave him their highest ratings, whether they were taking a first-year course or working on a masters-level internship. Michael’s commitment to student learning and urban education is reflected in his extensive research on motivation and learning in adolescence, classroom and school environments, and teacher education and social development. He was recently awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate motivation in science learning.