Debbie Miller

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Debbie Miller taught and learned from children in the Denver Public Schools for over 30 years. She is the author of Teaching with Intention: Defining Beliefs, Aligning Practice, and Taking Action, Reading with Meaning, and the video series Happy Reading! and The Joy of Conferring. Her latest book is What’s the Best That Could Happen?

Debbie now presents workshops and works extensively with schools and districts on long-range planning and development of literacy programs. She worked for many years with the Denver-based Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC), a nonprofit group committed to providing ongoing support and leadership for schools in the Denver area and nationally.

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Releasing Responsibility

When it comes to producing independent readers and writers in classrooms, it’s all about the language we use. Debbie Miller has practical suggestions for bringing out the best in children.

Putting Ourselves in Our Teaching

Debbie Miller's wonderful essay is great to read when you're feeling rushed, and want to hit the "pause button" to remind yourself of what really matters in the classroom.

Creating a Reflective Culture in Classrooms

Debbie Miller explains how the language we use with students conveys our appreciation for their thinking.

Inviting Students to Organize Books and Materials

Debbie Miller advocates for involving children in the organization of materials for readers and writers in the classroom.

Room for Beliefs: Linking Classroom Design and What We Value

Debbie Miller questions what our classrooms say about our beliefs and practices, and suggests how to bring our designs into closer alignment with our values.

The Difference Between Conferring and “Touching Base”

Debbie Miller goes against the grain, advocating for “the luscious feeling of endless time” as we slow down to confer with children.


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