Adah Miller taught preschool, elementary, and middle school for more than 2 decades, the last ten as science specialist and ESL/Bilingual teacher. She was a co-writer for the NGSS and the NGSS Diversity and Equity Team’s Appendix D. Adah Miller served as Co-PI on the Multiple Literacies in Project-based Learning Grant and PI for Supporting Multilingual Learners in Scientific Sensemaking through an Interactional Approach to Language. Adah Miller collaborated with Wisconsin Center for Education Research to design Discourse Tools aligned with the ELPD Framework, and co-chaired the adoption of the WIDA 2020 ELD Framework standards in Wisconsin. Adah Miller advocates for teacher voice, professionalization, and agency in decision-making as essential ingredients for high quality and equitable science learning environments.

Areas of Expertise

  • MLLs and Interactional Theory of Language Learning
  • Elementary Education
  • Curriulum Design
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Socio-cultural Theory


  • Equity and Social Justice Oriented Environments
  • Project-based Learning
  • Teacher Empowerment
  • Teacher-driven Adaptations
  • Equitable Sensemaking



  •  Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, 2021
    University of Wisconsin, Madison


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Research Summary

Dr. Emily Adah Miller is assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies Education. She is the PI for Supporting MLLs in Scientific Sensemaking through an Interactional Approach to Language (MLL-SIL), and Understanding Adaptations in Multiple Literacies in Project-based Learning, and co-PI for Multiple Literacies in Project-based Learning (ML-PBL). Adah Miller’s research interests are examining how elementary teachers can build on their own teaching repertoires to deepen culturally and linguistically responsive and social-justice oriented pedagogies, and, in Project-based Learning contexts, how teachers use teacher-driven adaptations to strengthen opportunities for students to productively engage in science ideas, practices and literacies.