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 Apr. 19, 2021

We Can’t Protect Our Students From Racism, But We Can Prepare Them to Combat and Reject It

On January 6, when an angry mob stormed the Capitol, I was in the middle of teaching my 7th grade English language arts students about…

By Travon Jefferson

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Posted Apr. 16, 2021

The Pandemic Is Exactly Why We Need Standardized Testing

In the next few weeks, nearly all school districts in the U.S. will offer at least some in-person instruction. The worst of the pandemic school…

By Evan Stone

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Posted Apr. 13, 2021

Meet Two Teachers Learning to Center Their Students’ Identities Without Losing Sight of Their Own

Lindsay Singer and Ashley McCall are both third grade teachers at Cesar Chavez Multicultural Academic Center in Chicago. Lindsay teaches mathematics and inquiry. And Ashley…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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