I have been an elected school board member for 8 years and serve as the board’s vice-president. My central focus has been to improve academic achievement for all students and enhance the quality of experience for every child. This includes working to educate the whole child by increasing access to the arts, music, physical education and extra-curricular offerings.
Most recently I have worked to strengthen staff training in cultural relevance and responsiveness. One component has been the creation of comparative ethnic studies with the goal of integrating it throughout the curriculum.
Presently I am working on an initiative to increase school readiness through advancing a city-wide literacy initiative for children from birth to 4 years of age. The goal is to embrace a deep appreciation for the critical first 2,000 days of a child's life and help prepare young children to be ready for school so they will all have an equal chance. We want to unite the whole community—government, higher education, childcare and health care providers, parents, business, community, congregations, all schools—to come together to advance the health and learning of our youngest citizens.
I am a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and National Louis University. My undergraduate degree is in education, history, and political science; my masters' degree is in education leadership. I taught high school in MPS for 15 years and was an administrator for two years. While serving on the MPS School board, I have also been an adjunct professor for the Marquette College of Education, teaching Schooling in a Diverse Society.
As a high-school teacher, I taught U.S. history, citizenship, world geography, world history, economics, and political science, as well as photography, video production, and physical science. I spent a number of his summers doing historical research to enhance my teaching. This included spending the summer of 1998 with the National Endowment for the Humanities at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., studying the Civil War, Reconstruction and the lives of Southern freed men and women.
I am an editor of Rethinking Schools. Since its founding, Rethinking Schools has grown into a nationally prominent publisher of educational materials. Most important, it remains firmly committed to equity and to the vision that public education is central to the creation of a humane, caring, multiracial democracy. While writing for a broad audience, Rethinking Schools emphasizes problems facing urban schools, particularly issues of race.
Both of my children, Nathaniel and Craig Miller, are MPS graduates. My wife of 40 years is Ellen Bravo, a long-time activist for working women.
On Tuesday, April 4, 2017 I was honored to have been re-elected to serve a third term having earned 66% of the vote. I look forward to continuing to serve our communities in the coming years ahead.