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Mike Miles
Superintendent of Schools
Dallas Independent School District


Friday, February 6, 2015

After graduating from West Point with a degree in engineering, Mr. Miles entered the ranks of the Army officer corps at Ft. Lewis, Washington and became part of the elite Ranger Battalion and commanded an Infantry Rifle Company. Following the Army, Mr. Miles studied at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Leningrad in Russia, earning a degree in Slavic languages. Mr. Miles then completed his Master’s degree in Soviet affairs and public policy at Columbia University after winning a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities and a National Science Foundation Graduate Scholarship.

Upon graduation from Columbia, Mr. Miles joined the U.S. State Department and worked as an analyst at the Soviet Desk. In this role, he made policy recommendations and wrote talking points for the Secretary of State regarding German reunification, chemical weapons, NATO and other issues.

Mr. Miles then became a Foreign Service Officer representing the United States overseas. As a diplomat in Warsaw, Poland, he was responsible for tracking Poland’s evolving relations with Russia and the countries of Eastern Europe, specifically analyzing the strength of the Communist Party in Poland and correctly predicting its return to political power in 1993.

A tour at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow followed, where Mr. Miles served as Special Assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to Russia. Mr. Miles helped coordinate the Embassy’s response to critical events during a time when Russia’s relations with the U.S. were as yet undefined. Mr. Miles received the State Department’s Meritorious Service Medal in 1994 as a result of his diplomatic service in Russia.

Ready to continue his commitment to public service stateside, Mr. Miles decided to become an educator, influenced by the difference teachers had made in his own life. Mr. Miles began as a high‐school teacher at his alma mater in Fountain, Colorado where he taught high school math, social studies, and economics. Next, Mr. Miles became a middle school principal, followed by a stint as assistant superintendent.

In 2006, Mr. Miles took over as Superintendent of Harrison District 2 in Colorado Springs, one of the most ethnically diverse and economically disadvantaged districts in Colorado. During his tenure, the District raised student achievement by elevating academic standards, aligning the curriculum and focusing on principal leadership and teachers’ quality of instruction. Mr. Miles began his tenure as Dallas ISD’s 25th Superintendent of Schools on July 1, 2012.

Upon assuming leadership of the district, Superintendent Miles led the development of Destination 2020, a comprehensive plan designed to raise student achievement so that Dallas ISD students are prepared for college and careers. The plan, now in implementation, emphasizes four fundamental tenets: Focusing on the Classroom, Investing in People, Strengthening our Systems, and Engaging the Community. In the first two years of his tenure, DISD adopted a new principal evaluation system and a teacher evaluation system that ties teacher evaluations to performance, student achievement results, and compensation.

Mr. Miles and his wife Karen have two children who recently graduated from UCLA and Berkeley; their other child, Anthony, is in middle school.





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