About the Author:

Deb Curtis and Margie Carter

Deb Curtis has spent the past 40 years working with children and teachers in early childhood programs. She is the coauthor of numerous professional learning books with Margie Carter, including The Visionary Director, Training Teachers, The Art of Awareness, Designs for Living and Learning, Reflecting Children’s Lives, Learning Together with Young Children, and Reflecting in Communities of Practice and author of Really Seeing Children.

She 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.

Deb Curtis 's Books

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

    Authors: Deb Curtis, Margie Carter

    Product Code:
    540863 (Softbound)
    542492 (e-book)
    978-1-60554-086-3 (Softbound)
    978-1-60554-249-2 (e-book)
    Age Focus: 0-5

    Description & More Details

    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.

    232 pages

  • Description & More Details

    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.

    80 pages

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

    Authors: Margie Carter, Deb Curtis

    Product Code:
    543727 (Softbound)
    543734 (e-book)
    9781605543727 (Softbound)
    9781605543734 (e-book)
    Age Focus: 3-5
    Full Color

    Description & More Details

    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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