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Deb Curtis


Deb Curtis and Margie Carter

Deb Curtis holds an MA in human development from Pacific Oaks College and has worked as an infant/toddler caregiver, preschool and school age child care teacher, CDA trainer, Head Start education coordinator, college instructor, and assistant director of a child care program.

Margie Carter holds an MA from Pacific Oaks College and has worked as a preschool, kindergarten and primary school teacher, curriculum developer, High/Scope trainer, child care director, and college instructor.

Margie and Deb first met in 1989 when Deb was working as an education coordinator for Head Start and Margie was the training coordinator for a local resource and referral agency in Seattle. They immediately discovered they shared a passion for promoting adventurous childhood experiences, voracious quests for new learning, and raising sons with a feminist consciousness. Influenced by the work of Elizabeth Jones, they attended graduate school together at Pacific Oaks College, where their twenty-year collaborative partnership began. Together, they have designed and taught college classes, worked side-by-side with classroom teachers, produced professional development videos, and co-authored seven books. In the last decade, Margie has focused her attention on working with directors to develop strong administrative systems that support reflective teaching. Deb has returned to work directly with children, putting into practice the philosophy and vision that they promote in their extensive travel across North America, Australia, and New Zealand to give presentations and consult with early childhood programs. Both are regular writers for Child Care Information Exchange and contributors to other publications.

In this era of standardization and prescription in education, Deb and Margie stand for the creative and critical thinking that leads to education for democracy. They strongly believe that high quality care and education for young children and their families requires leaders and practitioners who are able to think through the dynamics of their work with a larger purpose and vision. They encourage early educators and administrators to think big, be visionary, and take responsibility for transforming the current limitations and mediocrity in early childhood.

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  • The Art of Awareness, Second Edition: How Observation Can Transform Your Teaching

    Authors: Deb Curtis, Margie Carter, Deb Curtis, Margie Carter
    Product Code: 540863
    ISBN: 978-1-60554-086-3

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    Published by Redleaf Press Free sample chapter

    The art of observing children is more than merely the act of watching them—it is also using what you see and hear to craft new opportunities in your classroom. This resource provides a wealth of inspiration and practice. It will help you learn to observe in new ways. You'll witness children's remarkable competencies as they experience childhood, and find new joy in your work with children.

    The Art of Awareness, Second Edition, includes:

    • Ten study sessions to help you advance your skills and practice observing children from different points of view
    • Stories, photographs, and classroom reflections modeling the ways observation can be used and displayed in your own teaching
    • Activities to help you notice and appreciate what you see
    • New ideas and strategies to organize your observations, share them with colleagues and families, and apply them to planning and assessment processes
    • Emphasis on cultural awareness, observing through an objective lens, and using technology as an observation tool

    By learning the art and skill of observation, you can change your teaching for the better.

    Age focus: 0—5. Softbound, 232 pgs.

    e-book available

  • Reflecting in Communities of Practice: A Workbook for Early Childhood Educators

    Authors: Deb Curtis, Margie Carter, Debbie Lebo, Wendy C.M. Cividanes, Deb Curtis
    Product Code: 541488
    ISBN: 978-1-60554-148-8

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    Published by Redleaf Press

    Reflective teaching—a continuous cycle of observing, documenting, and planning—supports children's learning and strengthens your teaching skills. Reflecting in Communities of Practice, a professional development workbook, will help you cultivate your creative, critical, and reflecting thinking skills through ten study sessions. Each session includes guided activities that focus on topics related to understanding the value and key elements of reflective teaching.

    Softbound, 80 pgs.

  • Reflecting Children's Lives, 2nd Edition (e-book): A Handbook for Planning Child-Centered Curriculum

    Authors: Margie Carter, Deb Curtis, Deb Curtis, Margie Carter
    Product Code: 541754
    ISBN: 978-1-60554-175-4

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    Published by Redleaf Press e-book

    Make the complex task of creating a child-centered curriculum easier with the practical guidelines and ideas in this updated and expanded handbook. Learn how to sharpen your observation and documentation skills, set up your space, and transform your teaching to reflect children's interests and needs. Insightful classroom stories, assessment tools, checklists, comparative charts, and activities encourage new approaches and self-reflection as you plan your curriculum and put it into practice. Addressing new standards in early education, two new chapters focus on teaching academics in a meaningful way and guiding children as they play and learn.

    Reflecting Children's Lives is your work in progress—use it to record the development of your own thinking and practice. Age Focus: 3-5. 264 pgs.

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