Susan Miller Barker is the Executive Director at the SUNY Charter Schools Institute.
Responsible for the oversight of all Institute operations at its two office locations, Ms. Miller Barker is charged with setting the course for future growth of the Institute including enhanced collaboration with and contributions to the broader University and the state-wide Power of SUNY strategic plan. Ms. Miller Barker is the founder and CEO of Smart Hounds Solutions and was a Principal with Shanahan Capital Ventures, LLC.
Previously a Senior Associate with the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) from 2006 through 2009, Ms. Miller Barker served as NACSA’s Vice President for Research and Evaluation. She led NACSA’s research, evaluation and accountability initiatives designing NACSA’s first national data project on authorizer practices and authoring The State of Charter School Authorizing 2008. Prior to joining NACSA, Ms. Miller Barker was the Senior Vice President and Senior Fellow at the State University of New York (SUNY) Charter Schools Institute, where she led the development and implementation of SUNY’s charter school research, evaluation and renewal activities as a statewide charter authorizer.
As Associate Commissioner of Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Ms. Miller Barker led the implementation of school and charter accountability under Massachusetts’ groundbreaking 1993 Education Reform Act. Ms. Miller Barker is a member of Harvard’s Urban Superintendent’s Program where she worked as intern superintendent in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC Schools alongside Dr. Eric Smith the former Florida Commissioner of Education. A former Vice President at the Hudson Institute, Ms. Miller Barker taught at the Indian Creek Discovery Science and Technology Magnet School in Indianapolis, Indiana receiving Indiana’s Excellence in Education Award in 1990.
Ms. Miller Barker has been a visiting lecturer at Columbia University and Butler University, and was the founding chairperson of the board at the True North Troy Preparatory Charter School in Troy, New York. She holds an Ed.M. from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, where she has completed all doctoral coursework in Administration, Planning and Social Policy and was awarded the 1999 Edward J. Meade, Jr. Fellowship.
Ms. Miller Barker will be speaking via video on “Continuous Improvement: A Look at Two Approaches for Improving Alternative Accountability."