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Frequently Asked

Who: Who have I conducted training and written for:

Answer: I have conducted training in school districts such as LaCrosse WI and the Kansas City School District. Much of the training that I have conducted has been in three day summer institutes for the National Council for the Social Studies as well as a number of one day institutes for the Bureau of Education and Research.

In addition to the books listed, I have written for Pearson Education, Blake eLearning, the Bureau of Education and Research (BER), the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), McDougall-Littell, The Northwest Educational Association, WGBH, The Educational Development Center (EDC) of Boston, The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, C-SPAN, PBS, and Gareth Stevens, Inc. 
What: What topics do you focus on in your training and writing:
In my training I focus on practical, active, and thoughtful strategies that teachers can incorporate immediately in order to improve their students’ engagement, literacy, and critical thinking.
In my writing my focus is on writing for teachers in the areas of teaching strategies, lesson plans and ideas, and for children (10 and up) in the areas of social studies, history, geography, biographies, current issues, archaeology, and science topics.

Answer: Open


Answer: My workshop and institutes are of practical immediate use to teachers in the classroom and enthusiastically received. 

How far will I travel?

Answer: Open

How much do I charge?

Answer: Honorariums and writing fees are negotiated.


Michael Yell

Retired Secondary Social Studies Teacher (45 years)
Freelance Writer/Trainer
Former President, National Council for the Social Studies
National Board Certified Teacher 
Past National Social Studies Teacher of the Year (NCSS) 
For my latest NCSS Blog click here

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”
~Martin Luther King, Jr.