Debbie Miller
Debbie Miller has taught primary grades in the Denver Public Schools for thirty years. She was most recently at Slavens Elementary School, where Happy Reading! - three videos that accompany her book, Reading with Meaning, were taped. Debbie wrote about teaching and learning with her students at Slavens in her book Reading with Meaning. In her book and tapes, Debbie takes you beyond comprehension instruction, and shows how she sustains a thoughtful primary reading program that challenges and supports readers of all abilities and needs. Debbie and her students were also recently featured in the professional development video series Strategy Instruction in Action (Harvey and Goudvis, Stenhouse 2002) p>Now a staff developer with the Denver-based Public Education and Business Coalition and a Development Advisor with the Cornerstone Literacy Initiative, Debbie also works extensively as a private consultant with schools and districts on long-range planning and development of literacy programs.

Ellin Oliver Keene, author of Mossaic of Thought, says, "Debbie articulates like no other teacher I've known what matters most in primary teaching and learning. She makes the indescribable world of young learners clear and real. In Reading with Meaning, Debbie not only provides conclusive evidence that young children can think strategically when reading, she causes us to rethink every assumption we ever had about what young children can do. She shows us how children have an almost infinite ability to understand and discuss even the most abstract ideas. In this book, which I believe will become a classic in literacy teaching and learning, Debbie Miller defines and describes the instruction, and she tells about the children's successes. But there is always magic in the mix, a little mystique, a bit of fun, a lot of joy."

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