Uses her knowledge of research and pedagogy to help leaders implement high-impact strategies that have a positive impact on their organizations.

About Allison


K-12 Education
School Turnaround
Change Initiatives
Professional Development
Adult Learning Theory

Allison Miller currently serves as a Principal at Cicero Group. Six Sigma certified; Allison manages the practice operations for the k-12 education practice: Ed Direction. A proponent of community schools, Allison uses her knowledge of research and pedagogy to help school systems select and implement strategies that are matched to their unique needs. Allison also oversees content development and measurement of implementation. She works directly with education leaders to improve teaching and learning at scale. With over a decade of classroom teaching experience, Allison is passionate about the role that teachers play in improving student achievement for all learners, regardless of their level of ability. Her experience in the classroom shapes her perspective, keeping her focused on what matters most when working with schools and districts across the country.

Before working with Ed Direction, Allison served in a variety of capacities at public and private schools in South Carolina and Georgia. She has worked as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, and program director at the elementary level, as well as an educational consultant for students with learning disabilities. Also, Allison has written and implemented curricula for two visual arts programs.

Allison co-authored Collaborative School Improvement: Eight Practices for District-School Partnerships to Transform Teaching and Learning (2012, Harvard Education Press). She chaired the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Language and Literacy student organization. Allison currently serves as an advisor on the Dyslexia Steering Committee for the Ty and Karen Hall Charitable Foundation and sits on the Board for BootUp, an organization committed to empowering all students through coding education, imagination, and equity.

Allison earned her master’s in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where her focus of study was on Language and Literacy. Allison holds a bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Anderson University. She is certified in Art Education, holds a license as a Reading Specialist, and is trained in both the Orton-Gillingham and Wilson teaching approaches.

As Ed Direction’s official southern foodie (she grew up in South Carolina), Allison makes sure we know everything there is to know about mustard and other delicacies.

Career Highlights

Chair, Harvard Graduate School of Education – Language and Literacy student organization
Advisor, Ty and Karen Hall Charitable Foundation – Dyslexia Steering Committee
Teacher and Reading Specialist, Atlanta Speech School
Curriculum Writer and Program Director, Camperdown Academy
Harvard Graduate School of Education, MEd
Anderson University, BA Art Education