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DARA DORAN MILLER

1057 W North Shore Ave #2R, Chicago, IL 60626 | 270-627-4665 | daradmiller@gmail.com


Educator Profile: www.dmilleredu.weebly.com
PROFILE & CAREER OBJECTIVE
I am an English teacher with a passion for infusing dynamic Language Arts instruction with civic mindfulness and
principles of social justice. I focus on community building in the classroom and in my professional environment, and
am interested in a position at a school that values collaboration and teacher leadership along with rigorous,
innovative, and culturally responsive education.

EDUCATION
DePaul University
MA in English
Graduated with Distinction (3.97/4.0), June 2014

Murray State University


BA in English Education, Honors Diploma
Graduated Summa Cum Laude (3.86/4.0), May 2009

CERTIFICATIONS
Illinois Professional Educator License Type 09, English Language Arts
Kentucky Professional Certificate For Teaching English, Grades 8 Through 12

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
The Chicago High School for the Arts
British Literature, American Literature, AP Language & Composition, Advisory
2011Present

Chicago, IL

Developed syllabus and original curriculum aligned to Common Core and College Board standards;
integrated teaching about social justice and human rights; mentored group of 20 advisory students from
freshman to senior year

Hopkinsville High School


Hopkinsville, KY
10th Grade English, AP Literature & Composition, Journalism, and Drama
20092011

Developed syllabus and co-designed Sophomore English curriculum; designed curriculum for AP Literature,
Journalism, and Drama courses

LEADERSHIP ROLES
The Chicago High School for the Arts
Content Level Leader (Department Head)

2014

Present

Led team in developing strategic department goals, tracking data, and improving instructional strategies;
served as liaison between department and administration; observed teachers and provided instructional
coaching
Grade Level Team Leader (11th Grade)
2013
2014

Facilitated team collaboration towards goals for academic achievement; team decreased student failures by
25% from fall to spring; coordinated RTI services
New Teacher Mentor
2013
Present

Mentored new teacher weekly through individualized PD and peer coaching


Club Sponsor: National Honor Society, Creative Writing
Present

Lead service learning projects and facilitated student-run meetings for NHS

Founded the schools first digital Literary Magazine, The ChiArts Collage

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Teacher Leader

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2011

Present

Designed and facilitated PD on using technology to enhance instruction, designing effective classroom
websites, and strategies for Common Core vocabulary instruction

Served as teacher representative for school planning committee and evaluation committee
Facing History & Ourselves
Teacher Leadership Team
Present

Reviewed new resources and provided constructive feedback

Partnered with teachers interested in incorporating Facing History


Project Zero Pilot Teacher
2014

2013

Spring

Selected as 1 of 2 Chicago teachers to collaborate on Facing Historys partnership with Harvard Universitys
Project Zero; reviewed and adapted materials for a Digital Literacy unit based on Facing History resources;
collaborated with research team leader weekly to evaluate effectiveness of unit materials and analyze
student data

Kentucky Writing Project


Facilitator, Murray State University Teacher Technology Academy
Summer 2011

Designed technology workshop; organized schedules, presenters, and daily sessions


KWP Advanced Institute Technology Consultant

2010

2011

Provided web resources, technology help, and PD on digital literacy for area teachers
PAWP Regional Writing Consultant and Advisory Board Member

2010

2011

Planned and implemented Summer Institute, annual conference, and additional PD with Purchase Area
Writing Program; served as resource for area teachers

Hopkinsville High School


Advance Kentucky Content Coordinator

2010

2011

Restructured Vertical Team planning for the English department to focus on Pre-AP training; facilitated
vertical planning between district high schools
Literacy Team Chairperson
2010
2011

Facilitated professional development to increase cross-curricular literacy instruction


New Teacher Mentor

2010

2011

Mentored new teacher weekly through individualized PD and peer coaching


Club Sponsor

2009

2011

Drama & Creative Writing

ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & RELATED EXPERIENCE


Facing History & Ourselves
Chicago, IL
Teacher Participant
2011Present

Participated in over 80 hours of Professional Development about using civic and human rights education to
combat racism, anti-Semitism, and prejudice.

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Scholastic Art & Writing Awards (Chicago Writing Project)


Chicago, IL
Regional Judge

Evaluated student submissions in journalism, poetry, and personal essay entries


Barrel of Monkeys
IL
Writing Evaluator

Assessed over 200 student writing samples from 2013-2014 residency programs

2011Present
Chicago,
Summer 2014

Purchase Area Writing Project Summer Institute


Murray, KY
Teacher Participant
June 2010

Selected as one of 20 teachers for intensive workshop; completed four weeks of intensive training on
writing and literacy instruction.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

ASCD
National Council of Teachers of English

Illinois Council of Teachers of English


National Writing Project