Debra Crouch

On Being a Teacher


Debra Crouch works nationally as an independent literacy consultant, collaborating with districts and schools in designing professional learning opportunities to empower teachers, principals, and coaches as they envision instruction over time, across texts, and among practices. As a classroom teacher, she initiated and led the development of balanced literacy practices in her own school district and has been involved in education for the past 32 years as a classroom teacher, coach, consultant, and author. She actively shares her thinking and practices through long-term professional learning opportunities with districts across the country serving children from diverse language and socioeconomic backgrounds. Debra is co-author with Brian Cambourne of Made for Learning: How the Conditions of Learning Guide Teaching Decisions (Richard C. Owen Publishers, 2020). At her website,, educators can view her video series of Shared and Guided Reading, demonstrating lessons with students over time