(Note: Because of some embedding issues, there is a fair amount of space between some videos and radio shows.  Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom)

I teach English, Social Studies and International Baccalaureate classes to English Language Learners and mainstream students at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California. This is my twenty-first year at Burbank!

There are thirteen books on my resume: The Student Motivation Handbook: 50 Ways to Boost an Intrinsic Desire to Learn; The ELL Teacher’s Toolbox (with co-author Katie Hull Sypnieski) Navigating The Common Core With English Language Learners (with co-author Katie Hull Sypnieski); Building A Community Of Self-Motivated Learners: Strategies To Help Students Thrive In School and Beyond; Classroom Management Q&As: Expert Strategies for Teaching; Self-Driven Learning: Teaching Strategies For Student Motivation; The ESL/ELL Teacher’s Survival Guide (with co-author Katie Hull Sypnieski); Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Challenges; English Language Learners: Teaching Strategies That Work; and Building Parent Engagement In Schools (with co-author Lorie Hammond).

In addition, Katie Hull Sypnieski and I have edited a series of practical classroom books for Social Studies, Science and Math teachers that were based on our The ELL/ESL Teacher’s ToolboxThe Math Teacher’s Toolbox, The Science Teacher’s Toolbox, and The Social Studies Teacher’s Toolbox.

Katie and I are also recently published a second edition of our The ESL/ELL Teacher’s Survival Guide.   and are working on a second edition of The ELL Teacher’s Toolbox.

I’ve won several awards, including the Leadership For A Changing World Award from the Ford Foundation, and was the Grand Prize Winner of the International Reading Association Award for Technology and Reading.

In the past, when I’ve had time, I’ve taught courses in the teacher credential programs at California State University, Sacramento and the University of California – Davis.

I write a popular education blog at https://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/ and  a weekly teacher advice column for Education Week.  I have written about teaching English Language Learners in The New York Times and The British Council. My articles on education policy semi-regularly appear in the Washington Post. In addition, my articles have appeared in publications such as ASCD Educational Leadership, Social Policy, and Language Magazine.

I host a weekly radio show on BAM! Education Radio.

I was a community organizer for nineteen years prior to becoming a public school teacher.

I’m married and have three children and four grandchildren.

You can also read an interview with me that appeared in the Sacramento Bee.

Here are a few other articles that would tell you more about me and my work (there is a fair amount of white space among some of the embedded resources, so you want to keep on scrolling):

Education writer Alexander Russo interviewed me for Scholastic Magazine, and you can also see it online here as “Catching Up With Larry Ferlazzo.”

Two days after Ben Carson suggested that Saul Alinsky was, and Hillary Clinton is, a devil worshiper, the KQED Mindshift blog published an interview with me about how I apply his work in the classroom (regular readers might remember that I spent nineteen years as a community organizer with the group Alinsky founded eighty years ago). Check out Books Teachers Share: Larry Ferlazzo and Rules for Radicals.

Choice Equals Power: How to Motivate Students to Learn appeared in KQED Mindshift.

Here are about 150 articles I’ve written for other publications (those don’t include the regular posts I’ve written for a few other organizations that you can see on the homepage of this blog).

You can see a number of videos on a different page of this blog, and here are links to a few short radio interviews I’ve done:

I Chose to Be Comfortable Instead of Effective on BAM! Radio

Slate podcast of Schooled: Does Class Size Matter?

I was interviewed by Val Brown about parent engagement

Justin Baeder at Principal Center Radio interviews me about student motivation

Though I have my own BAM! Radio Show, I’m the guest on this one about parent engagement.

Dave Stuart Jr. interviews me here.

NEWS BREAK (not breaking news): Teacher asks students to grade him. One wrote: ‘I give Mr. Ferlazzo an A at being annoying.’ appeared in The Washington Post.

Here’s an interview The San Francisco Chronicle did with me during the school closure crisis.

I was a guest on KQED Public Radio: California Teachers, Students Struggle with Distance Learning

Here’s an interview I did in Spanish about student motivation.

Highest Aspirations is a podcast by ELLevation that is on THE BEST PODCASTS FOR ESL/ELL/ELT TEACHERS list. I was honored by Steve Sofronas invited me on their show. You can read more about it here, and listen to it here:

You might also be interested in this podcast:

A Swedish TV show on education interviewed me via Skype about student motivation. The show came out, and they included what I think is a relatively decent three minute clip of me talking about student motivation and growth mindset.

I’ve linked directly to that short clip here (they don’t allow embedding).

Here’s a radio show I did on student motivation, one on the biggest mistake I’ve made in teaching, and another one on teaching during the pandemic.

I did this interview with Carol Salva about one of my books:

Listen to “BAP027 Larry Ferlazzo & The ELL Teacher’s Toolbox” on Spreaker.


A reporter from the Sacramento NPR affiliate sat-in and recorded some of my ELL Zoom classes (with student and parent permission, of course!). You can listen to it and read more at Now Is Time To Help Students Learning English As A Second Language, Experts Say. The audio is different from the article.

Video: I Was Interviewed Today On CNN About School Reopenings

Jorge Valenzuela invited me to participate in a short radio show with educator Morsal Sayar, and we shared ideas on how to support ELLs in general, and Afghan refugees in particular. You might be interested in listening to Three Things We All Need to Know to Teach the New Immigrants Coming to Our Classrooms.

Katie Hull Sypnieski and I were interviewed by Carol Salva about our book, the second edition of The ESL/ELL Teacher’s Survival Guide. You can read, listen and watch it here.


Education Week just published an interview with headlined Why Teachers’ Voices Matter: A Q&A With Veteran Teacher, Author, and Blogger Larry Ferlazzo.

Here’s an interview/conversation I had with Justin Reich about “subtraction” from education:

ELLevation has published a podcast and an accompanying summary of an interview with me about student motivation.


I was honored to answer a few questions from Jennifer Binis for her excellent weekly email newsletter, Dissertate You can check it out at Dissertating about change with Larry Ferlazzo.