NGSS Writing Team Member: Emily Miller

Emily Miller is a 2nd and 3rd grade ESL and bilingual resource teacher at Hawthorne Elementary School in Madison, Wisconsin. She has taught for the Madison Metropolitan School District for thirteen years. She serves on the school leadership team, and the SIP (School Improvement Plan) committee which successfully elevated the school from “failing” to a Wisconsin School of Promise. Emily is on the district's science leadership team and has facilitated staff development with Inquiry for the 21st Century, a partnership between area school districts and the University of Wisconsin.

Emily is also on the CRP (Culturally Relevant Pedagogy) leadership team at her school. The team wrote and received a SOR (School of Recognition) grant to combine best practices in ESL with CRP to improve student achievement at Hawthorne. In addition, Emily has worked with WIDA (World-class Instructional Design and Assessment) to expand and amplify can-do descriptors for English language proficiency benchmarks. Currently, Emily is collaborating on a project with the University of Wisconsin to design placed-based culturally-relevant outcomes with a focus on sustainability and forest biodiversity for schools on the Menominee Reservation.

Emily has a MS in Bilingual Studies from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin, Madison; a BS from the same department with a Spanish minor; as well as ESL and Bilingual teaching licenses.

Ms. Miller lives with her husband, Nick, and their four children, Onawa, Frieda, Rosalie, and Gus.