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Sandra Miller, Ph.D.

Director of Early Learning and School Readiness
Ohio Department of Education

Sandra Miller is the Director of the Office of Early Learning and School Readiness (OEL&SR), Ohio Department of Education. Under her leadership, the staff of the OEL&SR provides administrative oversight of early education services provided through district operated preschool and, preschool Special Education programs, Even Start and kindergarten.

Her work within the OEL&SR has included the development of the Literacy Specialists Project for Kindergarten through grade 3 and the Early Literacy Specialists Project, a network of 16 regional consultants who provide professional development and technical assistance to preschool teachers regarding early literacy development.

Most recently, Dr. Miller worked with the Ohio Elementary Administrators Association and the Sisters of Charity Foundation to develop a ready schools guide. The document provides elementary school leadership with guidance in the development of a ready school. The ready schools project now includes 40 schools throughout the state. The evaluation results will be used to identify state policy for transition services between early education care settings and kindergarten.

Dr. Miller was instrumental in bringing The Hundred Languages of Children exhibit to Ohio on three occasions as a resource for professional development. For this work she received recognition as the Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children Citizen of the Year in 1994. As project director of the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation early childhood initiative, Dr. Miller facilitated the development of a statewide study group process, now comprised of over 500 early childhood educators. The work within the study groups and the support of the network launched the development of the Ohio teachers’ exhibit titled, Where Ideas Learn to Fly.

In October 2005, Dr. Miller attended the Salzburg Seminar, Early Childhood Development: Improving Linkages between Research, Practice and Policy. Participants from over 30 countries attended this seminar, supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and SPARK Ohio.