Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Miller’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.
Miller’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.
Talks and Briefings
Miller 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: