Michael Gaskell

Guest Blogger

Principal, Hammarskjold Middle School

East Brunswick, New Jersey

Dr. Michael Gaskell has been the principal of Hammarskjold Middle School in East Brunswick, New Jersey, since 2006. Prior to this, he was a special educator and assistant principal in Paramus, New Jersey. Dr. Gaskell achieved his doctorate in educational leadership and continues to model the pursuit of lifelong learning as he serves as a mentor to new principals in schools and districts through the NJEA Leaders to Leaders program.

Dr. Gaskell has been published in over a dozen articles in eSchoolNews, Middleweb, NASSP and Education Dive, and his writing has earned the honor of the “most-read” section of ASCD Smartbrief multiple times. As he looks forward to his upcoming book to be published this summer, Dr. Gaskell continues to work tirelessly to support instructional excellence, his faculty, the district, and most importantly, the children.


Posted Apr. 14, 2020

Love in a Time of Distance Learning

As an inexperienced special education teacher, I vividly recall hearing the shouting nearby. I raced down the hall, fearful of an…

By Michael Gaskell

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Posted July 19, 2021

Are Teachers Leaving Because of Pandemic Stress? It’s Complicated.

Plenty of news stories have raised concerns about mass teacher shortages due to pandemic stress. And it’s true that teachers, principals and district leaders have…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted July 20, 2021

This Is Our Window of Opportunity to Create a Diverse Teacher Workforce

Racial segregation remains a major issue for American students more than 65 years after the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Brown v. Board of…

By Thomas Gold

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Posted July 21, 2021

Counterstorytelling Is at the Heart of Anti-Racist Teaching

Counterstorytellling is so much more than just a tenant of critical race theory. It is at the heart of what we do as antiracist teachers.…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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