Professor of Educational Leadership, Department of Women and Gender Studies, University of Southern Maine
221 Bailey Hall
University of Southern Maine
Gorham, ME 04038
Areas of Expertise & Civic InvolvementsMiller’s work focuses on issues related to teaching and the role of teachers as leaders in democratizing education. She also teaches, writes, and makes presentations about the ways that schools, colleges, and public policies disadvantage first generation-to-college and low income students. She is currently leading an effort to design and implement a PhD in Public Policy and Educational Leadership at the University of Southern Maine in collaboration with the Muskie School of Public Service. She has also campaigned for marriage equality and women’s reproductive rights. She is a member of J Street and is currently involved in efforts to form a Portland chapter.
"Learning Communities: The Starting Point for Professional Learning is in Schools and Classrooms" (with Ann Lieberman). Journal of Staff Development 32, no. 4 (2011): 16-22.
Reviews five research studies on professional communities and identifies their essential social practices and the challenges they face.
Teachers in Professional Communities: Improving Teaching and Learning (with Ann Lieberman) (Teachers College Press, 2008).
Argues for democratic teacher communities as agents for change in schools. The first section of the book provides an empirical foundation and theoretical framework for understanding these communities. The second section of the book contains six essays written by practicing teachers who describe the work of their professional communities.
"Transforming Professional Development: Understanding and Organizing Learning Communities" (with Ann Lieberman), in The Keys to Effective Schools: Educational Reform as Continuous Improvement, Second Edition, edited by Willis D. Hawley and Donald L. Rollie (Corwin Press, 2007), 74-86.
Reviews three bodies of literature that support approaches to professional development for teachers that go beyond the “training model” and engage teachers in self-governed collegial groups, networks, and collaboratives.
Teacher Leadership (with Ann Lieberman) (John Wiley and Sons, 2000).
Makes the case that teachers can and should assume leadership in reshaping schools on behalf of student learning, using data from case studies and current research.
Teachers, Their World and Their Work (with Ann Lieberman) (Teachers College Press, 1984).
Identifies the complex challenges that teachers face in schools and makes the case for placing teachers at the center of school reform.
Media ContributionsMiller’s opinion pieces and interviews have appeared in the Portland Press Herald and the Bangor Daily News, and have been broadcast on Maine Public Radio.
Guest to discuss Obama's education plan on MSNBC, November 4, 2009.
Talks and BriefingsMiller has given a presentation entitled “False Promises: ‘College Prep’ Courses and Academic Readiness” to over twenty high schools and educator groups throughout Maine over the last five years. She’s also given her talk entitled “Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Dilemma of First-Generation-to-College Students,” originally delivered as the Russell Chair Lecture at the University of Southern Maine in 2007, to organizations such as the Maine Coalition for Excellence in Education, The University of Maine System Board of Trustees, the Maine State Board of Education, and the MELMAC Foundation. Her most recent talk is featured below:
"‘The Burden Belongs to the Nation’: The State of Education Equity in Maine," The 31st Annual Portland Branch NAACP Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast, Portland, ME, January 16, 2012.