After college, Greg took a year to work as a public school substitute teacher. One year turned into seven. Along the way, he started a mentoring program & a foundation to assist his students. He also has served as a guest lecturer or Scholar-in-Residence for schools & programs. Greg's efforts in &/or beyond the classroom have been featured by media like Education Week & the Education sections of The Washington Post and USA Today. Good Morning America buried a Time Capsule which chronicled the first 100 weeks of the mentoring program. He has received some special honors like Jefferson Award for Public Service and an award from The Education Center. The books based on Greg's story have received kind reviews from media like Teacher Information Network. In some cases, the books have become required reading among future educators (i.e. St. John's University School of Education chose The First Thirty for a course). The books have been used with current teachers, too. Examples include: a middle/high school in Pennsylvania chose the book for an all-staff common read; an elementary school in Illinois got copies of the book & companion workbook (A Place To Sit) for everyone on staff, as part of staff development; every teacher (and student) at a high school in Wisconsin got copies of the books and workbooks. Greg has been invited to speak at conferences & events (&/or guest lecture courses for) school administrators, parents, current (&/or future) educators. These events have included: Durham Association of Educators Summer Institute, Arkansas Department of Education 21 CCLC & Out-of-School Time Programs Statewide Conference, Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers Convention and an event for parents & staff at a school in the Pacific Northwest. Other events include: National Service-Learning Conference, NEIU's Great Service Matters professional development series & Boston University School of Education Pinning Ceremony. He served as keynote speaker at the 21st Century Academic Forum at Harvard - a conference for educators & researchers from dozens of countries. In some cases, he has been asked to talk about the role teachers can play beyond the classroom and in the community. In other cases, he has been asked to talk about diversity, inclusion & working with students who think & learn differently. To see pictures from a sample of events, click here. Scroll down to see an example of an announcement by a principal who chose the books for a Shared Reading Experience at his school.