Caryl J. Miller, Ed.D.
Dr. Caryl Miller joins Total Schools Solutions (TSS) as a well-known special education leader with 40 years of experience. She has conducted many special education studies for county offices of education, special education local plan areas (SELPA), and school districts on: program improvement; revenue maximization/cost reduction; staffing ratios/roles; and, SELPA governance and reorganization. Dr. Miller has also presented countless regional and statewide workshops on special education topics and issues.
As a recently retired assistant superintendent for a large school district in southern California, Dr. Miller was responsible for: special education; health services; centralized student enrollment; pupil personnel; and, child welfare and attendance. A few of her accomplishments included: reducing special education costs by over $1 million; lowering the percentage of students enrolled in special education; and, resolving a variety of due process claims and/or state complaints through alternative dispute resolution.
For 18 years, as Executive Director, Dr. Miller managed the largest multi-district SELPA in the state – with 21 local educational agencies (LEA) in Riverside County, 30,000 special education students, and a $200 million budget. During that time, she was engaged with the operations and decision making within different management styles or school board systems, superintendents, chief business officials, and special education administrators. Dr. Miller finalized governance policies, conducted compliance reviews, and completed countless regional and state reports for personnel, program, fiscal, pupil count, transportation, and facilities. She developed special education local plans, including the creation of several new SELPAs.
In Orange County, Dr. Miller served in different capacities over a decade as a county office special education coordinator and a SELPA program specialist. She provided technical assistance to 50 different public educational agencies, including school districts, community colleges, regional occupational programs (ROP), and SELPAs. Prior to administrative work, Dr. Miller taught at both middle and high school levels in English, reading, and special education for students with mild to severe disabilities.
Dr Miller was appointed to and served as an officer on several gubernatorial councils related to state job training, vocational education, and early childhood education. She served as the President of the state ACSA Special Education and Student Services Council, as well as Chair of its statewide conference. She has played an active role in special education finance at the state level and led the charge for additional mental health funding as co-chair of the state SELPA Interagency Committee.
Dr. Miller holds a bachelor’s degree in English from California State University, Long Beach, a master’s degree in special education, and doctorate in educational administration and policy from University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles.