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    Charles R. Miller, Ed.D. 
    Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment

    As the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Dr. Miller is delighted to be working in the beautiful town of Verona.  He is directly involved in overseeing the implementation of a number of district initiatives, specifically those related to expanding the use of data to drive curricular, instructional, and assessment decisions, K-12, and improving curricular articulation, K-12. Prior to coming to Verona in July of 2013, Dr. Miller served as a middle school principal in Montclair and Watchung and as an assistant principal at Union Middle School in Rutherford.  

    Dr. Miller began his educational career as a teacher of high school mathematics (Geometry, Precalculus, and AP Calculus) at Bordentown Regional High School. In addition, he coached Varsity Boys' Soccer, Winter Track, and Spring Track.  He was fortunate to work with dedicated student athletes and coaches, and together they won South Jersey, State, and National Championships. He earned a B.A. in Mathematics and Education from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey) and his M.A. in Educational Leadership from Rider University in 2003. After graduating with his M.A., Dr. Miller worked as an adjunct professor at Rider University teaching Data Analysis to future principals, supervisors and business administrators. In 2003, Dr. Miller and his wife, Nancy, moved to Berkeley Heights. They have four beautiful daughters, Sarah, Abby, Emma, and Grace, who range in age from 14 to 22.

    Dr. Miller successfully defended his dissertation on December 9, 2019 at Saint Peter's University (see picture above) and graduated with his doctorate the same month. His dissertation is focused on the attitudinal trait, grit, and the behavioral perspective non-cognitive skill, growth mindset, and their relationship in predicting student success in mathematics against the traditional cognitive measures such as math readiness placement tests, math final grade point averages, and teacher recommendations. Dr. Angela Duckworth (grit), Dr. Carol Dweck (growth mindset), and Dr. Jo Boaler (mathematical mindsets) are the leading researchers in these two areas.

    Contact Information:
    Tel: 973-571-2029 x7032
    Email: cmiller@veronaschools.org