Michael is an experienced classroom teacher, administrator, curriculum designer, educational consultant, conference presenter, and Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Union University. His primary research centers on the use of problem-based learning in a variety of contexts; specializing in the application of best practices including differentiation; increasing student motivation and the mindsets necessary for engagement in the learning process; and the characteristics of effective schools, teachers, and leaders. Michael holds a doctorate in Administrative Leadership from Vanderbilt University.
"Thank you for the past three days. You…were exactly what they (teachers) were ready for and needed. "
, Curriculum Coordinator
Jefferson County Schools
"Dr. Shackleford is so motivating…well-prepared…and when we left today, we were ready to jump in with both feet. "
, 1st Grade Teacher
Crestview Elementary School
"Presentation was engaging and thought-provoking! Every participant became immersed in the problem-solving process. "
, Collaborating Teacher
Philadelphia Public Schools
"Presentation was research-based, intellectually stimulating and highly interactive… you leave motivated…you actually enjoy being a student again! "
, Instructional Coordinator
Sumner County Schools