Dan L. Miller’s Works

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DAN L. MILLER’S WORKS

In the Dan L. Miller’s Works section I feature my writing on educational topics. I provide links to PDFs of my best education articles. I furnish a link to the PDF of my doctoral dissertation, and I note links and/or purchasing information for current books and articles.

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PUBLICATION RECORD

Miller, Dan L. “The Grand Delusion.” Education-Related Quotes, WordPress, 4 Apr. 2017, danlmillereducationauthor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/tardiness-and-truancy.pdf.

Miller, Dan L. “Choose Your Future: Solving Problems and Getting Help.” Education-Related Quotes,  WordPress, 4 Apr. 2017,  https://danlmillereducationauthor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/choose-your-future-solving-problems-and-getting-help.pdf

Miller, Dan L. “Showing Up: Your Future Depends on It.” Education-Related Quotes, WordPress, 4 Apr. 2017, danlmillereducationauthor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/tardiness-and-truancy.pdf.

Miller, Dan L. “Skippin’, Ditchin’, and Cuttin’: How to Trounce Truancy.” Education-Related Quotes, WordPress, 4 Apr. 2017, danlmillereducationauthor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/tardiness-and-truancy.pdf.

Miller, Dan L. “Rare and Seldom-Seen Movies.” Blog post. WordPress, 1 Aug. 2016. Web<https://danlmillereducationauthor.com/blog?iframe=true&theme_preview=true>.

Miller, Dan L., Ed.D. Education-Related Quotes. WordPress, 6 July. 2016.

Miller, Dan L. Snowballs and Sinners. CreateSpace, 2015. Print.

Miller, Dan L. Snowballs and Sinners. CreateSpace, 2015. Kindle Book.

Miller, Dan L. Snowballs and Sinners. Smashwords, 2010. Ebook, www.smashwords.com/books/view/33420.

Miller, Dan. “The Library: Minds Alive on the Shelves.” Illinois Libraries. 70.6 (1988): 603-606. Print.

Miller, Dan. “How to Help Students Prepare for Their First Job.” Guidance Clinic. September (1988): 1-5. Print.

Miller, Dan L. “The Greatest Insight From The Fewest Words: Using Quotations In The Writing Class.” English Record. Volume XXXIX. Number 1 (1988): 24.29. Print.

Miller, Dan L. “The Literary Form of the 80s: Using Quotations to Teach English.” English Journal. 76.3 (1987): 52-55. Print.

Miller, Dan. “Effect of a Program of Therapeutic Discipline on the Attitude, Attendance, and Insight of Truant Adolescents.” The Journal of Experimental Education. 55.1 (1986): 49-53. Print.

Miller, Dan. “Fifty Ways to Improve Attendance.” NASSP Bulletin. 70.492 (1986): 74-79. Print.

Miller, Dan. “Effect of a Program of Therapeutic Discipline on the Attitude, Attendance, and Insight of Truant Adolescents.” Dissertation Abstracts International. 43.4 (1982): 1048-A. Print.

Miller, Dan. “Effect of a Program of Therapeutic Discipline on the Attitude, Attendance, and Insight of Truant Adolescents.” University Microfilms International. 1982: No. DA 8220323.

Miller, Dan. Effect of a Program of Therapeutic Discipline on the Attitude, Attendance, and Insight of Truant Adolescents. Diss. Northern Illinois U. 1982. Print.

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My current book is Snowballs and Sinners: A Young Adult Thriller.

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In this young adult page-turner, Aaron Sawyer, an ideal student at Highland High School, falls into the drug subculture of his school but has no hint of the deadly difficulties he is about to experience. Snowballs and Sinners traces the intense misfortune Aaron suffers as he braves a life filled with alarming predicaments. Although conflicts with his mother, his school principal, and the police are distressing enough, death threats from the Midnight Sinners, the school’s resident street gang, give rise to Aaron’s foremost fears. Dawn, Aaron’s only friend in this struggle, is a member of the school’s substance abuse awareness club, Operation Snowball. She alone supports Aaron in his battle to free himself from a hopeless situation. Written in a direct, fast-paced style with abundant dialogue, Snowballs and Sinners provides high-interest appeal. The numerous plot twists throughout the novel lead to a shocking climax.

Amazon.com Comments: 

I’m a school librarian and I highly recommend this fast paced young adult novel with lots of action! Realistic fiction which deals with drug use and its consequences. The story has twists and suspense to keep the reader engaged right to very end.

This story sucked me in. I finished it in one sitting!

What a fantastic read! I am an English teacher, and this book has captivated the students I have given it to. They love the themes and feel a connection to the events. The twists in the plot were loved by my students, and they all have recommended that I continue giving this book to future students to read. It’s rare today that students get excited about reading, but this book is one that ignites the fire.

I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read. It describes issues that our students/young adults sadly have to deal with in every day life.

Great short story about how teens can get in over their heads and don’t know how to get out. Also how there is so much more to their story then adults see.

A very clearly written novel, with great characterization. A great plot for modern day problems for teens: drugs, peer pressure. A good moral for the modern teen.

Snowballs and Sinners is Available at:

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Book Trailer is Available at:

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Miller, Dan L. “The Grand Delusion.” Education-Related Quotes (2017): Tardiness and Truancy 104-16. 4 Apr. 2017. Web.

As a high school dean of students, I’ve worked with thousands of students over the years and have addressed all types of student issues. Linda Foster (pseudonym) was a memorable student. Her life and her troubles live with me still. This is her story. It’s the story of a girl whose truancy started because of home problems. The events in the story are true, and the characters in the story are real.

The Grand Delusion

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Choose Your Future: Solving Problems and Getting Help

Miller, Dan L. “Choose Your Future: Solving Problems and Getting Help.” Education-Related Quotes (2017): Quotes for School Principals, Deans, and Counselors 4 Apr. 2017. Web.

If you’re having problems in school socially, academically, or behaviorally, there are ways to address those problems. To improve, you need to understand the reason behind the problem. By reading through this essay on problem-solving, you should be able to identify the reasons for your difficulties in school, list the possible remedies for the problem, and develop a plan of action you can use to improve the situation.

Choose Your Future-Solving Problems and Getting Help

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Showing Up: Your Future Depends on It

Miller, Dan L. “Showing Up: Your Future Depends on It.” Education-Related Quotes (2017): Tardiness and Truancy 117-20. 4 Apr. 2017. Web.

The social cutter is a truant student who only occasionally ditches classes. If this is the category of truancy under which you would fall, be careful. Truancy is a habit which is just as addictive and just as damaging as a cigarette or drug habit. Cutting classes can be fun in the beginning and even a little adventurous. However, the more you cut classes, the more you want to cut in the future. It becomes easier for you, and after a while you cut more freely and (even though you may feel a little guilty) you begin to see nothing wrong with cutting classes. You’ve got to stop cutting classes early on in your habit, or you’re going to be stuck with a habit that will certainly hurt you and may even end your high school career. It would serve you well to consider the harm your truancy can do—not only now while you’re still a student but later on in your life when you’re twenty, thirty, forty, and older.

Showing Up-Your Future Depends on It

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Skippin’, Ditchin’, and Cuttin’: How to Trounce Truancy

Miller, Dan L. “Skippin’, Ditchin’, and Cuttin’: How to Trounce Truancy.” Education-Related Quotes (2017): Tardiness and Truancy 120-30. 4 Apr. 2017. Web.

If you have problems and are unhappy, you are not alone. Everyone has problems. Some problems are more serious than others, and some people have more problems than others, but everyone has to face up to solving their problems. It’s important to realize, also, that it is never too late to solve problems you’ve left unresolved. Granted, it may be more difficult and take more effort to solve those problems, but sooner of later you’re going to have to buckle down and put all your effort into getting back on the right track. In order to do this it’s helpful to understand two things: What is causing the problem and how to help yourself solve the problem. This essay is intended to help you resolve your attendance problem. What is causing your attendance problem? Why do you cut classes?

Skippin’, Ditchin’, and Cuttin’-How to Trounce Truancy

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The Library: Minds Alive on the Shelves

Miller, Dan. “The Library: Minds Alive on the Shelves.” Illinois Libraries. 70.6 (1988): 603-606. Print.

This article presents examples of quotations by category that are appropriate for use in libraries. By reviewing brief quotations describing the unique perceptions of great thinkers regarding the institution of the library, our appreciation of libraries may be enhanced. Furthermore, the quotations may encourage librarians to discover more that exist and that may inspire, inform, or promote within library patrons serious thought about the many aspects and rewards of the library.

The Library-Minds Alive on the Shelves

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How to Help Students Prepare for Their First Job

Miller, Dan. “How to Help Students Prepare for Their First Job.” Guidance Clinic. September (1988): 1-5. Print.

What qualities do employers look for when hiring students after high school or college? To find the answer to that question, I surveyed over one hundred personnel officers from the nation’s leading corporations. I asked them to respond to the question, “What qualities do you look for in applicants for jobs with your company?” I summarize the answers to that question in this article. By reviewing the qualities employers look for most, guidance counselors and career advisors may be better able to help students prepare their resumes and develop the qualities employers want in their employees.

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The Greatest Insight From the Fewest Words:

Using Quotations in the Writing Class

Miller, Dan L. “The Greatest Insight From The Fewest Words: Using Quotations In The Writing Class.” English Record. Volume XXXIX. Number 1 (1988): 24.29. Print.

Centuries ago Voltaire stated that “the multiplicity of facts and writings is becoming so great that everything must soon be reduced to extracts.” Considering that we are now in an age of information glut, we have apparently arrived. Regardless of whether Voltaire was prophetic, there are a number of advantages to using quotations as a staple in the English classroom. In this article I summarize the many ways teachers can make effective use of quotations in the English classroom.

Greatest Insight from the Fewest Words

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The Literary Form of the 80s: Using Quotations to Teach English

Miller, Dan L. “The Literary Form of the 80s: Using Quotations to Teach English.” English Journal. 76.3 (1987): 52-55. Print.

Quotations are short. Considering the fast-paced, electronic culture in which students are immersed, a quotation ranging from five to six words to three or four sentences is readily acceptable to the adolescent in a hurry. As a change of pace from short stories, poems, and novels, it’s refreshing to delve into quotations to stimulate thought and focus on the development of communication skills. Classroom teachers can utilize quotations in many ways to teach skills and concepts in the English classroom.

Literary Form of the 80s

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Effect of a Program of Therapeutic Discipline on the Attitude, Attendance, and Insight of Truant Adolescents

Miller, Dan. “Effect of a Program of Therapeutic Discipline on the Attitude, Attendance, and Insight of Truant Adolescents.” The Journal of Experimental Education. 55.1 (1986): 49-53. Print.

This article summarizes my doctoral dissertation. The investigation’s purpose was to answer the following question: In an in-school suspension setting, does a program of therapeutic discipline that involves counseling, bibliotherapy, writing therapy, and contingency contracting result in more positive attitudes toward school attendance, improved attendance, and greater insight into attendance problems among adolescent truants who participate in the program than among adolescent truants who participate in a traditional program of non-therapeutic discipline?

Effect of a Program of Therapeutic Discipline

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Fifty Ways to Improve Attendance

Miller, Dan. “Fifty Ways to Improve Attendance.” NASSP Bulletin. 70.492 (1986): 74-79. Print.

In this article I provide fifty strategies for school administrators and teachers to improve student attendance.

Fifty Ways to Improve Attendance

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Effect of a Program of Therapeutic Discipline on the Attitude, Attendance, and Insight of Truant Adolescents

Miller, Dan. Effect of a Program of Therapeutic Discipline on the Attitude, Attendance, and Insight of Truant Adolescents. Diss. Northern Illinois U. 1982. Print.

This doctoral dissertation provides an alternative to traditional programs of in-school suspension. The investigation’s purpose was to answer the following question: In an in-school suspension setting, does a program of therapeutic discipline that involves counseling, bibliotherapy, writing therapy, and contingency contracting result in more positive attitudes toward school attendance, improved attendance, and greater insight into attendance problems among adolescent truants who participate in the program than among adolescent truants who participate in a traditional program of non-therapeutic discipline?

I provide a link below to the full text of the dissertation in a pdf. It is not the published version, but it does include all dissertation content. One can purchase a copy of the dissertation from ProQuest: http://www.proquest.com. The ordering page at ProQuest is: http://dissexpress.umi.com/dxweb/search.html.

Ordering information and pricing is as follows:

EFFECT OF A PROGRAM OF THERAPEUTIC DISCIPLINE ON THE ATTITUDE, ATTENDANCE, AND INSIGHT OF TRUANT ADOLESCENTS

by MILLER, DANNY LEENorthern Illinois University, 1982, 391 pages; 8220323

Standard Pricing

PDF immediate download – $38
Unbound – $39.00
Softcover – $56.00
Hardcover – $72.00
Microfilm – $49.00
Microfiche – $55.00

Effect of a Program of Therapeutic Discipline

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