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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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  • Learning Together With Young Children (e-book): A Curriculum Framework for Reflective Teachers

    Authors: Margie Carter, Deb Curtis, Deb Curtis, Margie Carter
    Product Code: 541730
    ISBN: 978-1-60554-173-0

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    Published by Redleaf Press e-book

    Many curriculum books treat teaching as something you do to or for children. Deb Curtis and Margie Carter, best selling authors in the early learning field, believe teaching is a collaborative process in which you reexamine your own philosophy and practices while facilitating children's learning.

    Each chapter in this curriculum framework includes a conceptual overview followed by classroom stories and vibrant photos to illustrate the concepts.

    You will learn to create materials and a classroom culture reflecting your values; teach through observation, reflection, inquiry and action; and encourage children to represent their learning in multiple ways, including songs, stories, and drama. Age Focus: 0-5. 272 pgs.

  • The Visionary Director, 2nd Edition (e-book): A Handbook for Dreaming, Organizing, and Improvising in Your Center

    Authors: Margie Carter, Deb Curtis, Deb Curtis, Margie Carter
    Product Code: 540979
    ISBN: 978-1-60554-097-9

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    Published by Redleaf Press e-book

    Create a larger vision in your child care program and perform your job as a center director with motivation and creativity. Early childhood leaders Margie Carter and Deb Curtis provide inspiration and support as you put your dreams and goals into action.

    Updated and revised to reflect current best practices, this second edition of The Visionary Director reflects new requirements and initiatives in early childhood programs. You will find a concrete framework for approaching and organizing your work, as well as principles, strategies, and self-directed activities to support your vision for building a strong learning community for your staff and the young children in their care.

    With ideas, direction, and encouragement, The Visionary Director provides:

    • A vision of early childhood programs in the twenty-first century
    • A synopsis of "systems thinking" and how it pertains to developing the culture of your program
    • Stories from center directors and how they brought their visions to life
    • Detailed examples of how to translate your values into innovative practices for your center
    • Summaries of promising initiatives around the country
    • A list of recommended resources to support your journey

    336 pgs.

  • Designs for Living and Learning, Second Edition: Transforming Early Childhood Environments

    Authors: Margie Carter, Deb Curtis
    Product Code: 543727
    ISBN: 9781605543727

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    Published by Redleaf Press free sample Designs for Living and Learning Second Edition

    You likely have dreams for your early childhood environment that are greater than rating scales, regulations, and room arrangements. Designs for Living and Learning has been a favorite resource among educators and caregivers for more than a decade, and this new edition is packed with even more ideas that can be used as you create captivating environments that nurture children, families, and staff while supporting children's learning. With hundreds of all-new colorful photographs of real early learning settings and a multitude of simple and practical concepts for creative indoor and outdoor spaces and learning materials, this book truly is a source of inspiration as you learn how to shape welcoming spaces where children can learn and grow.

    Age focus: 3–5. Softbound, 360 pgs.

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