My dream job was to be a structural engineer until I stood in front of a classroom of knowledge-hungry, inner-city students. It was at that moment I knew my true purpose and career path was to be an educator.
Newton Miller, PhD
Lead Faculty - Associate Professor
Dr. Newton Miller has been committed to the education arena since 1992 when converted non-traditionally from the ranks of the engineering field. His research interest lies within educating at-potential populations, focusing on the systemic thinking tied to student achievement, effective school cultures, and facilitating programming and instruction that promotes educational success within non-traditional and marginalized adult populations.
Some of Dr. Miller’s contributions to the world of education have been lauded by honors like the Impact Award from the Urban League San Diego County, 2018; Provost Award for Outstanding Faculty, from Ashford University, 2014 and the Excellence in Teaching Award from Swarthmore College, 2012. He is the author of “Why Some Seeds Don’t Grow” a book that sheds light on high impact principles needed to enhance the educating, mentoring and parenting of urban youth.
Dr. Miller believes educators are meant to facilitate the thinking that changes the world; thus his mantra is: Educate … Motivate … Help Them Grow!
Fun Fact: Dr. Miller’s dream job was as a Structural Engineer until he stood in front of a classroom of knowledge-hungry, inner-city students. It was at that moment he knew his true purpose and career path was to be an educator.
Some of the research, publications, and presentations Dr. Miller has contributed to the education arena are:
- The 3T’s of Effective Online Instruction
- Learning from Men of Color: Creating Culturally Responsive Academic and Student Service Systems
- Learning from Men of Color: Factors Leading to the Success of Men of Color in Online Higher Education Programs
- A guide to effective learning walks in YouthBuild programs
- The Digital Divide: Does computerized instruction affect math and reading scores of urban high school students
- Intervention Convention: A manual for implementing PLATO as an intervention in failing urban middle schools
- Classroom Techniques: A Professional Development
- Classroom Management in a Socratic Classroom: A Professional Development
- Leading the leader to prepare urban secondary students for a successful transition to post-secondary placements: A Laundry list of necessary components that should dominate the school culture of transitioning high school students and strategies to implement them.
- Using classroom walkthroughs as data collection tool to enhance direct instruction and professional development.
- Establishing a Model for Back-on-Track through College. How Community Based Organizations can Partner with Community Colleges to Support Postsecondary Success for Previously Disconnected Youth.
- Using computer-based learning environments to establish effective individual academic interventions in public school systems as a differentiated instruction option.