Greetings! My name is Ron E. Miles and I would like to briefly introduce myself. I am an international educator and social justice advocate who specializes in anti-racist pedagogy, second language acquisition, and intercultural communication. I enjoy leading individuals and groups through exercises and discussions focused on diversity, equity, inclusion, and culturalawareness. In addition to teaching English, Spanish and Portuguese, I am the Director of Teaching and Learning for The People's Conservatory (TPC), an arts education organization based in my hometown of Oakland, California. I founded TPC's Global Community Cultural Exchange, an interdisciplinary, integrated arts program that promotes self-awareness, critical empathy and activism across environmental and social issues. I am based in Miami, Florida, where I work with others to catalyze racial healing. My expertise in enhancing the inclusivity and ethnocultural empathy of students, teachers, school districts, communities and organizations is evidenced by my range of academic and professional accolades of the last 20 years. It brings me immense joy to assist diverse people along their journeys to becoming better communicators, learners, and humans.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Columbia College - Bachelors, Spanish Literature and Language
Graduate Degree: Florida International University - Masters, International and Intercultural Education
State Certified Teacher
Teaching, dancing, traveling, cooking, swimming in the ocean, running outdoors, biking, exercising, meditating, being kind, and learning languages.
High School English
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy embodies the constitutional principles of freedom and democracy, which directly influences my vision of education as being of the people, by the people, and for the people. (See President Lincoln's landmark 1863 Gettysburg Address).
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In the first session, I would spend ample time building up the student's confidence to excel in the subject that we are embarking to study together. I would also share anecdotes and strategies for how I endeavored to master the subject.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I am a very positive person who enjoys encouraging students to do and be their best. I am a stickler for the "I Do, We Do, You Do" lesson structure, which is designed to lead a student toward becoming an independent learner.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I help my students stay motivated by smiling a lot, saying "you can do it" a lot, and modeling the value and benefit of hard work.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would work with the student to identify the source of difficulty and do my best to remedy the issue with further explanation, demonstration and practice.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I often teach students who struggle with reading comprehension a variety of reading strategies that have been proven to lead to reading success. I also encourage students to read from sources that interest them and practice answering who, what, when, where, why, and how questions about the reading, which helps them to become more attentive readers.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Rapport building strategies is usually the first order of business when I start to work with a student. Helping the student to feel comfortable and confident when talking, sharing, and working with me is very important to establish in the very beginning.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Positive reinforcement goes a long way when a tough task lies ahead. I am patient, persistent, and positive with my students and these qualities tend to be transferable.