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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Educational Services, Nonprofit Management, Technology

Mission: To help people use technology more effectively for learning.

Results: Recently awarded grant for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics [STEM] enhancement after school for San Mateo County area with Pacifica, Half Moon Bay, San Carlos and Coastside STEM. Helped dozens of schools obtain E-Rate funding, in the tens of millions of dollars total, affecting many tens of thousands of students.

Target demographics: Under-served schools and children, K-12 primarily.

Geographic areas served: California, Arizona, Hawaii, Tennessee and other U.S. states/territories

Programs: Workshops for Students and Teachers in K-12 Consulting (technology planning, grant application assistance (including E-Rate), technical support, staff development.

Community Stories

109 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Dr. Miller is a living legend. He studied under Seymour Papert who created Logo and the Turtle teaching robot at the beginning of (computer education ) time. Dr. Miller teaches with a huge smile showing his caring. His camp curricula is so much more ambitious than others giving kids access to several languages, approaches to controlling and sensing things and getting them to build something real ... in a short class. His expertise and experience makes him great at teaching teachers, students, setting up IT for schools and be a scientist too.These are the reasons I joined his board of directors

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Miller Institute and in particular Dr. Mark Miller and Loren Parkhurst were hired as consultants to help our schools with our first ever E-Rate application. Unlike most consultants, they charged a very reasonable rate based upon time spent on our application not the amount of money we were being funded. They also did such a good job explaining the process and involving me in the application that the next year I was able to complete the application all by myself (however, I did hire them as an independent 3rd party bid reviewer). I was so impressed with how they conducted the e-rate process that I hired them to conduct some leadership & technology professional development for all of our school leadership teams. They again did an excellent job, were very prepared and tailored our training to match the skills and desires of our leadership team.

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Support2 01/08/2012

We are proud that we were able to help these wonderful schools in New Orleans. One of our fond hopes is to find enough sponsorship to enable us to return to the Big Easy and offer a multi-week summer tech camp for their high school students, leading to CompTIA A+ certification and career options.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Mark and his organization were extremely helpful to our students during the 12 years I was on the San Carlos school board. He got our district well started with technology in the early nineties and then effectively supported the district for a while in all its technology needs. His work and enthusiasm were a major reason our teachers became comfortable using computers in their classrooms. His Institute then helped us develop in house capability and aided us in bringing some support in house.

All along he worked with students (our district is K-8) in seminars in school and in the summer programs. These were very popular because of the skills taught and the fun enjoyed. His dedication and enthusiasm for kids and their education is infectious making it very enjoyable to work with him and his group.

1 Carol2345678910

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Miller Institute for Learning has always made kids their top priority. They want all children to have an opportunity to learn cutting edge technology that will help them achieve success in the future. They have wonderful rapport with students and strive to make learning fun. Kids walk away feeling better about themselves and are better equipped to function in our technological world.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son has gone to the Miller Institute of Leaning summer camps for four summers now. Although our son has been to a number of camps, including the ID Tech which is much much more expensive, The Miller Institute camp is his favorite by far. He loves the Troubleshooting 101 and has invited several of his friends to join him. The boys are now 13 and very computer savvy. The camp leader always can challenge and engage as they skills grow. We moved across the country and the one request our son made was to come back the summer 2012 and go to the Miller Institute camp.

The Troubleshooting camp is perfect for pre-teens and teenagers. The activities include disabling something on a computer, and having another student figure out what is wrong. The kids are so inventive and have a great time tricking each other. I recommend a group of techie friends take this class together and use their brain power to out-do each other. While all the fun is going on, there is a tremendous amount of learning about computers, how they work, and how to problem solve. Priceless

Our son also enjoyed the robotics camps and his all time favorite was build a computer camp which is wants to do every summer - but he already has his computer. As a result of what he learned in the class, four years ago, he has since upgraded his computer and he helped a friend build a computer, and many friends upgrade their operating systems.

the MIller Institute camps leaders are very knowledgable with years and years of industry experience, they can adjust and change the class based on where the kids are at - which makes for an interesting and meaningful camp each time. It there is a wide range of skills, they pair the appropriate kids together and more seasoned kids help the newbies - which is very empowering for all.

As a parent I appreciate the integrity and values that are modeled and taught from turning off the computers, finishing projects, and making it fun. The camp leaders are inspirational and the kids respect them.

In addition, there is a value of community service which permeates the organization which influences the campers.

We will be returning to California for another week of the Miller Institute camp.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is the 3rd summer my now 13 year old son has attended the Miller Institute Summer camp. My son loves the technical content and depth and highly respects the knowledge of the camp leaders. As a result, we donated funds to enable another child to attend the Miller Institute camp for the 2nd year in a row. This is why: In the computer troubleshooting camp, the kids were in teams, and asked to create several problem on the computer for another team to figure out - this could have gone forever and the kids loved every minute of it. Very creative. The kids also were ask to purposefully download a virus on a contained computer and see what happens and troubleshoot. What a great learning experience. The instructors are very knowledgable and excellent with all ages of kids. They have the presence of mind to ask the older kids to assist the younger kids - which is a non-technical and very meaningful learning experience for all. My son wants to take the camp again next summer. They also offer several levels of robotic classes which my son has enjoyed for two summers in a row. The kids work together on projects - so there is an added level to the learning. My sons all time favorite was to build a computer from scratch. He would take this class every year if he could. I highly recommend The Miller Institute. They offer financial aid scholarships. Plus they are nice people as they show great respect for each individual child and have strict boundaries on acceptable group behavior which benefits all.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known the Miller's for over 10 years. I worked for The Miller Institute for a time. They are completely dedicated to enriching the learning of K-12 kids through the use of modern technology. They and those who assist them work tirelessly to provide computer technology to schools. I wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone who might wish to assist their endeavors.

1 Charlotte D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently volunteering as a videographer for Mark and his team as they start the year's robotics classes and apply for grants...every second so far has been a delight, and their passion comes through beautifully on camera. I can't wait to work more with them and assemble the footage I have into a mini-feature showcasing their work.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've known the folks at the Miller Institute for many years, as colleague and client. The offer a broad range of services including infrastructure consultation, installation, and administration. What is especially cool about them are their hands on tech oriented camps, including camps targeting the under-served. The Miller Institute has a deep knowledge of technology, excellent communication skills with both technical and non technical folks, and a "do it right" ethic.

I was a volunteer system/network administrator for my kids school. The Miller Institute was contracted by the local school district for tech infrastructure support. Which resulted in our frequent collaboration. The Miller Institute helped us install network infrastructure (including racks, routers, switches, servers, power, air conditioning, cable, fiber, and on and on), move server rooms, move our MPOE, configure our servers, and debug and fix failed wiring, and help set up and educate the staff on the school administration software. In short, they were indispensable.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Mark Miller and his organization spent two months teaching my child an array of technology. His organization was brought in to teach a tech class at my son's charter high school located in Redwood City. It was a resounding success. He taught hands-on technology that made it all real for the kids. The program was not about the bells and whistles to impress the parents but the nuts and bolts of what makes technology exciting. The kids could not help but to become engaged because of Marks incredible enthusiasm, dedication to the Miller Institute and his own life long love of the subject. He is quite an inspiration and obviously a mentor ro many successful people the field. BRAVO Miller Institute of Learning!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The founder of The Miller Institute for Learning was a founding parent at our school, the San Carlos Learning Center. From the beginning, Dr. Miller had a profound influence on the use of technology by our educators, learners, and parents. He is the rare "techie" that understands learning theory, educational organizations, and how to use technology as a tool to improve and enhance learning. The Miller Institute has continued to help our school grow and change with the times. They supported us as one of seven school in the San Carlos School District. They did an excellent job understanding our individual needs and different culture, and worked with us to individually to accommodate these needs. They held our hand when we needed it, and kept at a distance when we didn't.

My biggest rave is that the education of children is at the heart of the Miller Institute for Learning. Using technology to engage learners is their passion. They do this through workshops and by encouraging the learners to play an active role in maintaining and troubleshooting the technology they use. We are fortunate to have organizations like this that are fostering our future innovators.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Miller Institute has served school districts and charter schools for the past 20 years. From their initial volunteer support for the first Net Day in the San Carlos School District to the testimonials I've heard from charter school operators who received their first introduction to instructional tecnology and the infrastructure and learning plans that Mark Miller facilitated.
The Miller Institute has pioneered ed tech support and innovation from initial hardware infrastructure to youth computer clubs to high quality professional development for teachers and school leaders.
Learning has been aided and the opportunity equation has changed as a result of the Miller Institute's commitment to youth and education.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Miller Institute for Learning is an unbiased organization whose goals are to help Education clients with fairness, openness and great understanding of the multiple changes of governmental rules/regulations that govern these clients funding. The Miller Institute knows the regulatory laws and do not sidestep the processes to ensure complete compliance. Best of all they are vendor agnostic, never showing favoritism. When I meet a client in need, I never fail to refer a customer to them. I know that the clients need will be individually analyzed and resolved. This is done, whether or not our firm wins the business or not

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The energy and skill the Miller Institute have brought to their long years of work with administrators, teachers and students in the San Carlos School District deserve commendation. Vision, integrity and superb content knowledge are the hallmarks of Mark Miller and his people.

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Support2 09/28/2011

It is truly an honor to serve people and organizations who themselves have done so much to help our schools. Sincerely, Mark Miller (E.D.)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Miller Institute for Learning with Technology is an amazing organization. They do so much for schools, and ask for so little in return. I have had the pleasure of working with the team there for several years, and my experience has always been positive and inspiring. Thank you so much!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Miller Institute for Learning has been an invaluable partner for the California Charter Schools Conference. The institute has run our Cyber Cafe for many years and has provided an extraordinary level of customer service to our attendees. In addition, we rely heavily on the institute to present sessions each year that are vital to charter schools in California. The leadership and staff at the institute have a fantastic ``can do'' attitude and elevate every project where they are involved.

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Support2 09/27/2011

Thank you so much! We're working on that growing thing!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are a small business who's computer systems were all set up by The Miller Institute for Learning. For years they handled our growth and IT needs with full responsiveness and a concern towards saving us money. We highly recommend them for schools and non-profits which is their area of expertise especially with security.

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Support2 09/27/2011

Thanks for the thoughtful review! Nowadays, for clients where there is interest, we set up a shared repository for relevant documentation such as inventories of equipment. This probably would be ideal for what you have in mind. Anyway, thank you so much for taking the time to comment! Sincerely, Mark (Mark L. Miller, Ph.D., Executive Director)

1 Michelle23456789

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Miller Institute for Learning hosted a demonstration booth at the State Fair last year in the Industrial & Technology Education Building. Visiting fair-goers loved playing with, and learning about, the robots! Their organization is very professional and efficient to work with and their booth was so much fun.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family LOVES the Mark Miller Institute. I think it is now 3 years that my grandson has been attending the Institute's summer camp. My grandson has learned so much. For me personally, what stands high above everything is how my grandson 'feels' about himself. I believe his relationship to Mark and the other camp leaders helped my grandson know he has a place in the world- He was able to freely communicate his thoughts and ideas about technology and robotics and be received with warmth, interest and encouragement. THIS is key to everything. Thank You- Mark Miller Institute. My grandson loves all of you and you'll be one of the remembered highlights of his childhood. SForte

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Support2 09/16/2011

Wow, thank you, you truly made my day!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son attended their summer class in 2010 and thoroughly enjoyed it. He's been into Lego robotics ever since and is in a robotics after-school program this Fall. I wish the Learning Institute would partner with local schools to make the schools' robotics programs more robust.

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Support2 09/15/2011

We are always very appreciative when someone takes the time to write a few kind words about our programs. We are also happy to note that we are offering many after school programs in the Bay area, in partnership with local schools as well as cities. We are excited to share that we just learned that our team, the San Mateo County Community STEM Alliance (a partnership with Pacifica, Half Moon Bay and San Carlos as well as our colleagues at Coastside STEM) has been selected for a grant, reaching out to under-served students in several areas of the County. We would welcome the chance to collaborate with our friends in RWC, such as North Star Academy, as well.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We started our relationship with The Miller Institute on recommendation from some charter school associates in California. They did such a wonderful job showing me the ropes of dealing with the E-Rate process, that I didn't require much assistance applying in our second year of successful funding. However, I so thoroughly enjoyed working with them, that I invited them to develop a technology leadership training institute for our 4 charter schools' administrators. It worked out wonderfully, our school administrators have increased their buy-in to the strengths of technology integration in both classroom teaching and teaching evaluation. We even have an administrator now recording lesson delivery and using the recordings to coach and mentor his teachers.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Miller Institute has been instrumental in getting our plans in place so that we could submit fundable applications for E-Rate. After several years of failed attempts, Miller Institute has help us to develop tech plans and to develop an internal protocal to ensure that our "steps to E-Rate success" are in place. Mark and his crew are very knowledgable and responsive. There are also very nice individuals and are a pleasure to work with!