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Deb Curtis

Biography:

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.

Web site:www.ecetrainers.com

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Deb Curtis's Books

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  • Training Teachers: A Harvest of Theory and Practice

    Authors: Margie Carter, Deb Curtis, Deb Curtis
    Product Code: 131101
    ISBN: 978-093414082-9

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    Training Teachers puts some of the best ideas about teaching and learning into action through innovative training tools and strategies. The book helps teachers construct their own knowledge and respect their own learning style, so they can help children do the same. It includes an eight-week course on child-centered curriculum planning.

    "A harvest indeed! The table of contents offers a tremendous choice of fare, from philosophical to practical, from professional to personal. And, the rest of the book delivers. No one who trains early childhood professionals should be without this book. It offers inspiration and ideas by the bushel basket, including a unique closing section on nurturing yourself as a trainer."
    —Roger Neugebauer, publisher, Child Care Information Exchange

    "At last, a book that wonderfully chronicles how to teach adults within a constructivist framework. Each section takes the reader on an exciting journey. The authors consistently weave social-political and cultural context issues throughout the text, while providing an excellent chapter on cultural sensitivity, self-awareness, and anti-bias training strategies. I definitely plan to have this book in my library."
    —Louise Derman-Sparks, author, Anti-Bias Curriculum; faculty, Pacific Oaks College

    "Training Teachers gave me new ideas and insights within minutes of picking it up. It is an important, wise, and practical book, nicely formatted to use as both a coherent text and a resource to drop in and out of. It is essential for trainers and program directors working to improve early childhood programs."
    —Jim Greenman, author, Prime Times

    "It takes more than loving children to run a quality child care program. Effective staff training is at the heart of the matter. This book is just what is needed to get providers prepared from the beginning."
    —Charlotte Jahn, child care licenser, Washington State; president, Washington Association for the Education of Young Children

    "Working with these trainers as mentors, my time with children is now based on watching, listening, and asking myself questions. Without this change in my approach, I would have burned out long before now. This kind of teaching nurtures me as well as the kids."
    —Ann Pelo, child care teacher, Hilltop Children's Center; author, That's Not Fair

     
  • Learning Together With Young Children: A Curriculum Framework for Reflective Teachers

    Authors: Deb Curtis, Margie Carter, Deb Curtis
    Product Code: 414001
    ISBN: 978-1-92961097-6

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    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. Softbound, 272 pgs.

     
  • Giving Children More Languages

    Authors: Deb Curtis, Margie Carter, Deb Curtis, Margie Carter
    Product Code: 320141
    ISBN: 320141

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    Inspired by the practices of Reggio Emilia, this presentation includes images of infants through school-age children from programs around the United States. Best-selling authors Deb Curtis and Margie Carter have created this CD-ROM PowerPoint presentation as s self-study guide on issues surrounding early childhood learning environments. This guide is an excellent companion to Designs for Living and Learning, Curtis and Carter's book on creating magical environments that nurture children, families, and staff.

     
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