Barbara Miller is the Executive Director of the Center for Education in Law and Democracy (CELD).
Since founding CELD in 2002, she and her colleagues have provided materials and opportunities that enhance civic learning for both teachers and students.
CELD's work emphasizes modeling best practice in civic education as reflected in cutting-edge research.
Barbara also has hands-on classroom experience teaching ninth-grade civics as well as coordinating social studies for the Aurora Public Schools.
Barbara developed and directed numerous law-related curriculum and professional development programs for the Social Science Education Consortium in Colorado, and served as a consultant to Street Law, Inc. and the Open Society Network to structure civic learning opportunities for teachers and students in Eastern Europe.
She received her B.A. in American History and Secondary Education from Simpson College, where she now serves as a Trustee; she earned an M.A. in American history at Mankato State University.
Barbara's view of the world was shaped by growing up on a farm in Iowa and attending a one-room school for eight years.
She participates actively in the civic life of Denver and Colorado, having served as a citizen member of several boards and advisory committees, including Colorado's Attorney Regulation Advisory Committee and a Denver City Council election reform advisory committee.
enjoys Colorado's outdoor lifestyle, particularly downhill skiing.
is known for scaring out-of-towners by taking them on slopes that exceed their skills.
publications are A More Perfect Union
: Teaching the Constitution in the Middle Grades, Preparing Citizens: Linking Authentic Assessment and Instruction in Civic/Law-Related Education (with Barbara Miller) and C Is for Citizenship: Children's Literature and Civic Understanding.