Hi, my name is Andrew
Online and Blended Learning
School and Classroom Culture
Understanding by Design™
Instructional Coach, Shanghai American School
Since July 2016
National Faculty, Buck Institute for Education
Masters of Arts, TeachingUniversity of Puget Sound, 2004-2005
Bachelor of Arts, ClassicsUniversity of Puget Sound, 2000-2004
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.
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
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
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
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
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