Mike L. Miller
Developmental Learning Specialist

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  Experience and Training

Educational Therapy Certificate (in progress)
University of California, Riverside Extension - 2014-present

Anxiety, ADHD & Reading--How Do They Intersect? Parent Ed talk.
Dr. Robert L. Hendren. Stanford, CA - 2018

Google for Education training. Lafayette, CA - 2017

People of Color in Independent Schools Conference. Atlanta, GA - 2016

Educational Records Bureau Annual Conference. Chicago, IL - 2016

Making Number Talks Matter - Math Workshop
Dr. Ruth Parker. Menlo Park, CA - 2016

DYSLEXIA: Translating Scientific Progress into Policy and Practice workshop.
Drs. Bennett and Sally Shaywitz. San Francisco, CA - 2012

Compassion in Education - TEDx conference. Richmond, CA - 2011

Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes. Santa Rosa, CA - Jan 2008

Making Math Real. Sunnyvale, CA - Sep/Dec 2007

MA Developmental Teacher Education w/ Elementary Credential
UC Berkeley - 2004
*Student taught first, second, fifth and sixth grades

BA Liberal Studies and Critical Social Thought, Cum Laude
San Francisco State University - 2001
*Volunteer math tutor at Sanchez Elementary, San Francisco

Private practice, San Francisco Bay Area - 2007-Present
Sparking Your Genius, Summer Clinics, San Francisco, CA - 2008-Present
Learning Specialist K-8, Bentley School - 2015-2018
Science Camp Instructor/Manager, Science Adventures - 2002-2004
Education Lead, USS Pampanito WWII Submarine - 2000-2002
Test Preparation Tutor, Ivy West Tutoring Service, - 2000-2002
Multiple Subject Tutor, San Francisco Educational Services - 1998-2000
English Composition Tutor, The Writing Success Project, CCSF - 1998
After-School Teaching Assistant, Ohlone School, Palo Alto - 1993-1994

Further Influences

Rick LaVoie — Starting from the simple premise that people who decide to teach generally like school and students who need help generally don't, LaVoie ingeniously reveals to teachers the depth of pain suffered by kids who struggle in the classroom and teaches us a deeply compassionate approach. http://www.ricklavoie.com/

All Kinds of Minds — The work of All Kinds of Minds and Schools Attuned provides a powerful framework for a teacher to identify and remediate the specific struggles of a given student. They assert that a good teacher helps a student identify and use their strengths to overcome those struggles and the "Educational Care" model shows the importance of communications between all educators and care-givers--a circle of care--for providing consistent, effective learning help for a child. http://www.allkindsofminds.org/

Ron Kurtz — His Hakomi method's emphasis on establishing mindfulness and respect for the innate wisdom of the client speaks directly to my practice. http://hakomi.com.au/about-hakomi/

Alfie Kohn — In his book Punished By Rewards, Kohn makes clear the negative cumulative effect of systems of rewards and punishments. My initial approach and eternal goal will always be to introduce students to the intrinsic motivation that comes from success. http://alfiekohn.org/

A Little More About Mike

In addition to being a lifelong learner and teacher, Mike is a world-ranked competitive pinball player, creates giant soap bubble displays, and wishes he made it to the movies more often. He lives in Oakland with his wife, Emily, who teaches art in Oakland, their 7-year-old, Delilah, who speaks with authority and enthusiasm in equal measure, and 10-year-old, Natasha, who teaches her parents how to sing and dance with the appropriate degree of aesthetic aplomb.

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