Lynne Miller

Lynne Miller

Professor Emerita of Educational Leadership, Department of Women and Gender Studies, University of Southern Maine
Chapter Member: Maine SSN

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About Lynne

Miller’s work focuses on issues related to teaching and the role of teachers as leaders in democratizing education. She also teaches, writes, and makes presentations about the ways that schools, colleges, and public policies disadvantage first generation-to-college and low income students. She is currently leading an effort to design and implement a PhD in Public Policy and Educational Leadership at the University of Southern Maine in collaboration with the Muskie School of Public Service. She has also campaigned for marriage equality and women’s reproductive rights. She is a member of J Street and is currently involved in efforts to form a Portland chapter.


How the Ryan Budget Would Undercut American Education

In the News

"Want to Improve Schools? Listen to Teachers.," Lynne Miller, Bangor Daily News, June 6, 2017.
"Grading Schools Based on Conservative Ideals," Lynne Miller, Bangor Daily News, May 14, 2013.
"How the Ryan Budget Would Impact Maine Schools and Students," Lynne Miller, Bangor Daily News, September 18, 2012.
"The ABC's of School Success? Not Quite, LePage.," Lynne Miller, Bangor Daily News, August 7, 2012.
"Learning from the Military," Lynne Miller, Letters, New York Times, December 18, 2011.
Guest to discuss Obama's education plan on MSNBC, Lynne Miller, November 4, 2009.


"Learning Communities: The Starting Point for Professional Learning is in Schools and Classrooms" (with Ann Lieberman). Journal of Staff Development 32, no. 4 (2011): 16-22.
Reviews five research studies on professional communities and identifies their essential social practices and the challenges they face.
"Teachers in Professional Communities: Improving Teaching and Learning" (with Ann Lieberman) (Teachers College Press, 2008).
Argues for democratic teacher communities as agents for change in schools. The first section of the book provides an empirical foundation and theoretical framework for understanding these communities. The second section of the book contains six essays written by practicing teachers who describe the work of their professional communities.
"Transforming Professional Development: Understanding and Organizing Learning Communities" (with Ann Lieberman), in The Keys to Effective Schools: Educational Reform as Continuous Improvement, Second Edition, edited by Willis D. Hawley and Donald L. Rollie (Corwin Press, 2007), 74-86.
Reviews three bodies of literature that support approaches to professional development for teachers that go beyond the “training model” and engage teachers in self-governed collegial groups, networks, and collaboratives.
"Teacher Leadership" (with Ann Lieberman) (John Wiley and Sons, 2000).
Makes the case that teachers can and should assume leadership in reshaping schools on behalf of student learning, using data from case studies and current research.
"Teachers, Their World and Their Work" (with Ann Lieberman) (Teachers College Press, 1984).
Identifies the complex challenges that teachers face in schools and makes the case for placing teachers at the center of school reform.