Hi, my name is Andrew
School and Classroom Culture
Understanding by Design™
Instructional Coach, Shanghai American School
Since July 2016
National Faculty, Buck Institute for Education
Masters of Arts, Teaching
University of Puget Sound, 2004-2005
Bachelor of Arts, Classics
University of Puget Sound, 2000-2004
Andrew Miller has spent many years in education, as a classroom teacher, an online teacher, curriculum developer, instructional coach, teacher leader, and educational consultant. He has used his skills in Educational Technology, Project-Based Learning, Assessment, Student Engagement, Understanding By Design and Culturally Responsive Teaching to create an engaging learning environment for all students.
After graduating with his Masters from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA; Andrew starting teaching in the diverse district of Federal Way Public Schools. He taught highly capable AP students as well as students in credit retrieval, in a variety of subjects. These years honed his instructional skills and classroom “bag of tricks,” but he felt something was missing. He knew that he wasn’t serving all student learning styles and modalities, and so he began his own learning in cultural competency in order to improve his practice. In his research, Project Based Learning (PBL) kept surfacing as a valid pedagogy to reach all students. He saw this as a pedagogy that aligned with his values of equity for all students and true student constructivism.
Andrew took the opportunity through the Technology Access Foundation to teach at the TAF Academy, whose mission is to get under-served minorities into STEM fields through PBL, Authentic Intellectual Work and STEM curriculum. He created authentic, interdisciplinary projects, with a high level of technology integration while serving as teacher leader in a Professional Learning Community. The Buck Institute for Education, who had trained Andrew in PBL, noticed his work, and asked him to come on board as a National Faculty. Concurrently, he took on teaching online classes part-time and ultimately moved into a full time online teaching position. He facilitated PBL in an online environment utilizing various technologies and creating projects that engaged students across the country in authentic collaboration.
Andrew is an Instructional Coach at the Shanghai American School in China, coaching with an emphasis on Project-Based Learning and Assessment best practices. He also serves on the National Faculty for the Buck Institute for Education and ASCD, and is an Associate for Jay McTighe. He has worked with educators in the United States, Canada, Australia, China, Japan, Indonesia, India, Mexico, Kuwait and the Dominican Republic. He has given presentations and workshops at many conferences for many organizations including the National Association for Multicultural Education, ISTE, ASCD, the International Literacy Association, the National Council for Teachers of English, and iNACOL’s Virtual Schools Symposium. Andrew is an avid blogger and writer for a variety of organizations including ASCD and Edutopia.
TestimonialsI'm incredibly fortunate to have great feedback from partner institutions. These kind words are a generous reflection of my work.
We engaged the services of Andrew Miller on very short notice before our school wide Professional Development Day and he was able to tailor a key note and four personalized workshop sessions for our teachers and administration. We are one of the largest schools in the Gulf yet Andrew was able to connect with many people through his personable style. Andrew is an experienced educator with a wealth of knowledge and this came through in all of his presentations. Andrew was able to transfer his knowledge with his engaging presentation style. Teachers were able to take away practical solutions and strategies they could apply in their classrooms. Andrew added a real flavor and flair to our PD and we plan to have him work with us again in the future.Mohamed Elbotaty
Andrew Miller serves as an ASCD Faculty member who provides his expertise to ASCD clients throughout the world. As the former director of professional development for ASCD, I contracted Andrew regularly to provide professional learning services. Andrew developed and facilitated workshops and also provided long-term, job-embedded coaching and virtual support to teachers and leaders. During my tenure, his content knowledge, presentation and facilitation skills, and ability to customize PD for ASCD clients consistently received the highest ratings. Andrew develops meaningful consultative relationships with those he serves to make sure he is meeting their needs and that the professional learning is making a difference for teachers, leaders, and their students. He is simply the best!Ann Cunningham-Morris
We first met Andrew Miller at PBLWorld 2014 in Napa Valley, CA. His leadership at that venue was outstanding as he combined his vast knowledge of PBL, Common Core State Standards and authentic assessment strategies to support our journey into Project Based Learning. When designing our summer institute for teacher leaders in 2015, we knew that Andrew was a natural fit to inspire and engage our leadership team during three days of intensive learning. Andrew was outstanding as he supported our teacher leaders with his vast knowledge and masterful facilitation techniques. He monitored and adjusted his strategies to meet the needs of participants throughout the institute. He did a tremendous job introducing failure as a requisite skill for authentic learning and presented proven strategies to build “strategic” failure into lessons (in order to avoid “epic” failure at critical moments). Andrew’s masterful approach to bringing the elements of Project Based Learning to life for our team through his humor, caring and remarkable depth of knowledge contributed to our summer institute being rated a rewarding experience and total success.Robert S. Hudson, Ed.D.
TGES had planned PBL workshop for 100 teachers in 2 parallel sessions spread over a period of one week. BIE and TGES both were anxious of the outcome of PBL 101 in Indian School Systems.
Andrew’s way of reaching out to the participants in first 15 minutes assured both, the participants and the school, that PBL would be accepted eventually though it may have a slow start! Barriers of content, exam focused institutions, difference between two countries with their perception about how to teach were handled very effectively by Andrew and TGES team is certainly thankful to Andrew and BIE for transplanting the seeds of change.
Andrew’s working and delivery was at the pace with participant’s needs and in his interactions with all participants he reached out to them satisfying their questions, their fears, their struggles and also ensured that he appreciated them for their small yet meaningful successes. His communication with team was supportive, assuring and challenging them to take on the risks! A perfect combination for any trainer!
Andrew’s efforts and processes ensured the successful delivery in new environment and charged all with possibilities of PBL. At a personal level I look forward to his blogs, writings, views on various subjects that add new perspectives to existing knowledge.Shekhar Hardikar
I first met Andrew Miller at the Virtual School Symposium in the fall of 2011, when I attended two presentations that he gave. I came away so impressed with his knowledge, passion, and entertaining style of presenting, I immediately reached out to him to work with our staff at Chicago Virtual Charter School as a key component of our Professional Development program. Andrew has done both Face-to Face and Virtual sessions for our staff to rave reviews. He has been instrumental in our move towards implementing Project-Based Learning as part of our online school. If you are looking for an engaging and powerful presenter for your school or district as you implement PBL or any online instructional program, I could not recommend anyone higher than I would Andrew.Craig Butz
Andrew Miller’s leadership of teachers into Project Based Learning is delightful to witness. His respect and admiration for educators is evident in all that he does. His wit and humour allows all participants to relax and enjoy the learning that he leads them through. He truly is a remarkable teacher and mentor. The PBL workshop was a huge success at every level. Teachers walked away with a vision for change as well as tools to implement that change in their classroom. I would highly recommend Andrew as one of the most engaging and insightful presenters I have ever had the pleasure of working with.Diane Stronks
Andrew Miller has an impressive knowledge of curriculum, instruction and assessment practices. His experience includes Understanding By Design®, Project Based Learning and Performance Assessment. In addition to his expertise, Andrew is a skilled presenter and teacher-friendly. I highly recommend Andrew and his work, and I am excited to have him on my team at MAC Associates.Jay McTighe
Andrew Miller has done engaging and powerful professional development for our staff on project-based learning. He is deeply knowledgeable and extremely passionate. Andrew is an exceptional educator. He models effective teaching by meeting the learners, in this case our staff, where they were in readiness and skillfully adjusting the pace and outcomes to ensure that each participant moved along the continuum to deep learning. I highly recommend Andrew!Stefanie Burl Blouin
In the fall of 2011, Andrew Miller presented a session at the iNACOL Virtual School Symposium on PBL. Several members of our leadership team attended his presentation. He was engaging, dynamic, and passionate about the future of online learning. It was evident Andrew shared the same vision for delivering quality instruction to students that we have at Gwinnett Online Campus.
In the spring of 2012, we invited Andrew to spend two days working with our full-time teaching staff, as well as our adjunct faculty. These two days affirmed our choice to bring him on campus for in-depth staff development. Andrew worked with us to customize the presentation to meet the needs of the varied levels of expertise among our staff. Teachers commented they felt inspired and eager to continue or begin implementing PBL in their courses. Andrew provided a quality learning experience which will have an impact on the instruction we provide to our students in the future!Ginger O'Neal Ph.D
In my career as a Director of Professional Development, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and work with countless professional consultants. Of recent, the Buck Institute of Education introduced me to their Project-based Learning (PBL) faculty in which I had the delightful experience in getting to know and appreciate the qualities of Andrew Miller.
From the moment you meet Andrew, you know he is special. He is not only an expert presenter but incredibly engaging and frankly, refreshingly unapologetic towards any excuses in why educators shouldn’t be engaging our students in what research advocates as most effective in educational practice. His case is compelling to even the most resistant adult learner as Andrew passionately translates educational research into “do-able” practice by relating his own learning experiences and teaching practice – all intertwined with his unique engaging humor.
As well as being a gifted presenter, Andrew also takes the role of facilitating the content very seriously as I observed him closely working with small groups of teachers throughout his workshops. He truly listens and provides insightful ideas and alternatives for teachers to consider using as they design their PBL units. Andrew has a gift for almost creating an instant sense of trust with a group that it’s ok if you don’t know it or haven’t tried before – be a risk-taker, I’m here to help you get through it. As a result, teachers walk out the door feeling energized and committed to knowing this hard-work with Andrew yields huge dividends in their classroom.Teresa Dempsey Ph.D
Your one brief hour lecture is my entire take away for the iNACOL conference. Your dynamic speaking and content rich message was more valuable to me as a teacher (and dare say person) than all of my other experiences added up. My mind keeps coming back to the nuggets of genius you so generously handed out and I needed to write to let you know how meaningful it was for me.
I will continue to follow your work, hope to attend a speaking engagement in the future, and keep coming back to your witty anecdotes in my moments of weakness and uncertainty as a first year middle and high school Family and Consumer Science teacher (trying to increase rigor and scope in my classroom and the field)!Sara Hottinger
Andrew Miller’s writing on game based learning is some of the best available today. This is a tricky field. It is easy to engage in hype or to avoid the crucial specifics of how game design and learning design intersect for successful learning, especially in schools. Furthermore, there are too many people today who want to use games just to make the skill and drill of our current schools more palatable. Miller operates with a deep theory of learning based on problem solving and a deep knowledge of games, game design, teaching, curriculum, and schools. He is fast becoming one of the leading mediators and “cultural brokers” for those of us working across many fields to make game based learning a force for a paradigm change in education.James Paul Gee