Dr. Natalie B. Milman

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Dr. Natalie B. Milman

Associate Dean, Office of Student Life; Professor, Educational Technology Leadership

School: Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Department: Cross-Disciplinary, Educational Leadership


Office Phone: (202) 994-1884

Natalie B. Milman, Ph.D. is Associate Dean of the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development’s Office of Student Life and Professor of Educational Technology Leadership. She is also a member of the interdisciplinary Human-Technology Collaboration PhD program and research lab, a member of GW’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers, and winner of the 2017 Bender Teaching Award. Her research focuses on the design of instruction and models for the effective leadership and integration of technology at all academic levels; online student support needs, engagement, and learning; issues of diversity, inclusion, and digital equity; and the use of digital portfolios for professional development.

She serves as the co-editor of the Current Practice Section of "Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education" and has published numerous journal articles, including in "Computers in the Schools," "Journal of Research on Technology and Education," "Journal of Technology and Teacher Education," "Online Learning," and the "Quarterly Review of Distance Education." She presents frequently at conferences and has co-authored several book chapters and books.

Dr. Milman earned a doctorate in Instructional Technology from the University of Virginia’s School of Education and Human Development with a graduate specialization designed to prepare technology leaders. She began her career in education as a second grade, science specialist, mentor, and technology teacher in Los Angeles County, California. She has taught at the graduate school level since 1997 and online since 2001. She is fluent in Spanish, a first-generation Colombian-American, and a first-gen BA, MA, and PHD graduate.

Ph.D., University of Virginia

M.A., California State University, Dominguez Hills

B.A., Tulane University

PhD in Education: Human-Technology Collaboration Concentration

Educational Technology Leadership Programs:

  • Master's in Educational Technology Leadership
  • Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology Leadership
  • Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design


  • Instructional Design
  • Online Education
  • Digital Equity
  • Critical Educational Technology
  • Digital Portfolios
  • Effective leadership and integration of technology at all academic levels
  • Online Student Support Needs, Engagement, and Learning

Milman, N. B. & Vanden Boogart, A. E. (2024) Differentiating Reading and Writing Instruction Across Content Areas With 1:1 iPads in an Elementary School, Computers in the Schools, DOI: 10.1080/07380569.2024.2337649

Kilbane, C. R., & Milman, N. B. (2023). Designing transformational learning using differentiated instruction and technology. Educational Leadership, 80(9), 20-25. https://www.ascd.org/el/articles/differentiated-learning-and-technology-a-powerful-combination

Goger, A., Parco, A., Carter-Rau, R., Henderson, J., Homma, K., Meliksteyan, A., & Milman, N. B. (2022). Improving access to quality education and lifelong learning: The role of digital credentials. Brookings Institution. https://www.brookings.edu/research/going-digital-how-learning-and-employment-records-shape-access-to-quality-education-and-jobs/ 

Heath, M., Asim, S., Milman, N. B., & Henderson, J. (2022). Confronting tools of the oppressor: exploring justice in educational technology and teacher education. Contemporary Issues in Technology & Teacher Education, >22(4). https://citejournal.org/volume-22/issue-4-22/current-practice/confronting-tools-of-the-oppressor-framing-just-technology-integration-in-educational-technology-and-teacher-education/ 

Milman, N. B., & Watkins, R. (2021). Designing with instructional continuity in mind. In J. E. Stefaniak, S. Conklin, B. Oyarzun, & R. Reese (Eds.). A Practitioner's Guide to Instructional Design in Higher Education. EdTechBooks. https://edtechbooks.org/id_highered/designing_with_instr

Milman, N. B. (2020). School leadership of a one-to-one laptop initiative. Journal of School Leadership, 30.

Kilbane, C. R., & Milman, N. B. (2017). Examining the impact of the creation of digital portfolios by high school teachers and their students on teaching and learning. International Journal of ePortfolio, 7(1), 101-109. Retrieved from http://www.theijep.com/pdf/IJEP249.pdf

Harper, B., & Milman, N. B. (2016). One-to-one technology in K-12 classrooms: A review of the literature from 2004 through 2014. Journal of Research on Technology and Education, 48(2), 1-14.

Milman, N. B., Posey, L., Pintz, C., Wright, K., & Zhou, P. (2015). Online master’s students’ perceptions of institutional supports and resources: Initial survey results online learning. Online Learning, 19(4). Retrieved from http://onlinelearningconsortium.org/read/online-learning-journal/

Milman, N. B., Carlson-Bancroft, A., & Vanden Boogart, A. (2014). Examining differentiation and utilization of iPads across content areas in an independent, PreK–4th grade elementary school. Computers in the Schools, 31(3), 119-133.

Kilbane, C. R., & Milman, N. B. (2013). Teaching models: Designing instruction for 21st century learners. Boston, MA: Pearson.

Milman, N. B., Hillarious, M., O'Neill, V., & Walker, B. (2013). Going 1:1 with laptop computers in an independent, co-educational middle and high school. In S. Keengwe (Ed.), Pedagogical applications and social effects of mobile technology integration. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.

Milman, N. B. (2013). Working in groups online: Suggested tips for success. Distance Learning, 10(1), 56-5.

Milman, N. B., Hillarious, M., & Walker, B. (2012). An exploratory qualitative analysis of graduate student learning and division of labor resulting from student cofacilitation of an asynchronous online discussion. Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 13(2), 51-6.

Milman, N. B., & Bondie, R. (2012). An examination of teachers' ratings of lesson plans using digital primary sources. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 12(4).

Liu, L. B., & Milman, N. B. (2010). Preparing teacher candidates to teach diverse student populations through reflective practice. Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives, 11(5), 619-63.

Adamy, P., & Milman, N. B. (Eds). (2009). Evaluating electronic portfolios in teacher education. Greenwich, CT: Information Age.

Milman, N. B. (2009). Crafting the right online discussion questions using the revised Bloom's Taxonomy as a framework. Distance Learning, 6(4), 61-6.

Milman, N. B. (2009). Differentiating instruction in online environments. Distance Learning, 6(3), 87-8.

Milman, N. B. (2009). Web-based digital teaching portfolios: What happens after they graduate? In P. Adamy & N. B. Milman (Eds.), Evaluating electronic portfolios in teacher education. Greenwich, CT: Information Age.

Milman, N. B., & Molebash, P. E. (2008). A longitudinal assessment of teacher education students' confidence towards using technology. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 38(2), 183-19.

Milman, N. B., Kortecamp, K., & Peters, M. (2007). Assessing teacher candidates' perceptions and attributions of their technology competencies. International Journal of Technology in Teaching and Learning, 3(3), 15-3.

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ChatGPT for K-12 Educators {Recording}

Wednesday, 2/22/2023, 5:00pm - 6:30pm

GSEHD invites teachers and school administrators to learn about how recent advancements in AI (such as, chatGPT) are being used, and possibly misused, in class.

  • July 2024 - Dr. Natalie Milman was quoted in the article, "AI Companion for Public School Students: A Disappointing Outcome" which was shared by wirenewsfax.com.
  • June 2024The New York Times quoted Dr. Natalie Milman in the article “A.I. ‘Friend’ for Public School Students Falls Flat,’’ by Dana Goldstein.
  • June 2024 - Dr. Natalie Milman gave a paper presentation at the International Society for Technology and Education conference titled, "Exploring virtual school leadership: A literature review (2015-2023)." In this session, Dr. Milman shared key findings from a literature review of empirical, published research conducted between 2015 and 2023 examining school leaders (i.e., school administrators and principals) in charge of virtual schools.
  • May 2024 - Dr. Natalie Milman was an invited panelist for the Mars Functional Capability Week training for Mars Senior Global Leaders at Mars Headquarters in McLean, VA. She spoke about innovation, change, and technology in higher education.
  • April 2024 - Dr. Natalie Milman published a blog as part of the GW Academic Leadership Academy's (GWALA) 2023-2024 cohort titled, "Continuous Learning and Leadership Development: Reflecting on My Experience with GWALA." GWALA is a yearlong, cohort-based program designed to foster engaged and experienced faculty leaders across the university.
  • March 2024 - Dr. Natalie Milman presented, "Designing for Powerful Differentiated Instruction with Technology," at the ACSD Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. In the presentation, Dr. Milman helped the audience explore how approaching teaching with a design mindset transforms what is possible, with even the simplest educational skill set and toolkit.
  • March 2024 - Dr. Natalie Milman gave a keynote presentation titled, "Educational technology trends and issues in higher education," for the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program: Turkemenistan.
  • December 2023 - Dr. Natalie Milman and Ph.D. student Karly Ball (Education and Inequality CRT) co-authored, "Navigating online coursework with a disability: Tips for students," in the journal Distance Learning (Volume 20, #3).
  • December 2023 - Dr. Natalie Milman completed and received certification from the Center for AI and Digital Policy (CAIDP) Institute in Artificial Intelligence Policy. This program includes requirements for research, writing, and policy analysis. The Institute clinics are intensive, interdisciplinary, semester-long courses, established to teach future leaders in the AI policy field skills in policy analysis, research, evaluation, team management, and policy formation. Topics covered include AI History, AI Issues and Institutions, AI Regulation and Policy Frameworks, and Research Methods.
  • October 2023 - Drs. Ryan Watkins, Natalie Milman, and Michael Corry published a chapter which they co-authored titled, "Lifelong learning as a learning and instructional design technology professional," in the book Becoming a learning and instructional design technology (LIDT) professional.
  • October 2023 - Ideas from Dr. Natalie Milman's article, "Differentiated Learning and Technology: A Powerful Combination," were discussed in two episodes of the Digital Learning Radio podcast. Hosts Laura Kile and Katherine Laster shared Dr. Milman's 4 E model in last week's episode, Inspired by Transformative Learning with Technology as well as the next episode to be released on 10/5/2023.
  • July 2023 - Dr. Natalie Milman gave a Master Class Lecture entitled, Ethical Considerations of Artificial Intelligence (AI), to this year's Caminos Al Futuro scholars. Caminos Al Futuro is GW's fully-funded, selective pre-college and residential summer program for rising seniors in U.S. high schools offered by GW's Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute. Typical candidates have a record of outstanding academic ability and a demonstrated commitment to service and leadership within the Hispanic/Latino community.
  • July 2023 - Dr. Natalie Milman, along with Dr. Gina Adam and Dr. Hurriyet Ok from GW's SEAS and GSEHD PhD student Ani Meliksetyan (Human-Technology Collaboration) with additional SEAS students, presented Work in Progress paper, "Using virtual reality cleanroom simulation in a mixed nanoelectronics classroom," at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Baltimore, MD. This presentation paper was included in the Conference Proceedings as well.
  • June 2023 - Dr. Natalie Milman published the article, "Differentiated Learning and Technology: A Powerful Combination," with Dr. Clare Kilbane from the University of Notre Dame in a special ASCD-ISTE co-branded issue which explores ways schools can use technology to redefine and enrich learning in the aftermath of the pandemic.
    • January 2024 Update: This article was listed as one of Educational Leadership magazine's top 10 most popular articles of 2023. The piece was also the most downloaded article from the Summer 2023 issue of Educational Leadership.
  • June 2023 - Dr. Natalie Milman is the International Society of Technology in Education's 2023 ISTELive23 Conference Research Paper Chairperson and is presenting at ISTELive23 conference in Philadelphia this week. She is an invited panelist for the Deepening Learning with Technology: An EL Magazine Panel (about her article) and is doing a research paper presentation on Trends and Analysis of ISTELive23 Research Papers.
  • April 2023 - Dr. Natalie Milman was a guest on the education podcast, In Conversation with Stephen Hurley. The episode is titled, "Confronting Tools of the Oppressor with Drs. Marie Heath, Natalie Milman and Sumreen Asim." In the conversation, they discussed how power, privilege, and prejudice are embedded within technologies.
  • March 27, 2023 - Dr. Natalie Milman was quoted in the EducationWeek article, "What We’ve Learned About Technology and Learning in the Last 3 Years."
  • July 2020 - Dr. Milman was quoted on WTOP radio for the piece, "With more school systems opting for distance learning, experts weigh in."
  • July 2020 - Dr. Natalie Milman contributed to the EDUCAUSE article, "7 Things You Should Know About the HyFlex Course Model."
  • April 2020 - Dr. Natalie Milman published an opinion piece in Education Week entitled, "This Is Emergency Remote Teaching, Not Just Online Teaching."
  • March 2020 - Dr. Natalie Milman was interviewed on WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi Show about "Distance Learning: Keeping Education Alive During A Pandemic." In case you missed it, you can listen to a recording of the show online.