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Learning Together with Infants and Toddlers
Friday July 26 – Saturday July 27, 2013
Carnegie Hotel
Johnson City, Tennessee

This 2-day institute led by Deb Curtis and Anne Marie Coughlin from Harvest Resource Associates is focused on the inspirational and practical realities that working with our youngest children offer. Join us for lively conversation and engaged participation with props and stories. This workshop is geared towards those who work with children from infants - 3 years but those who work with preschool children will also benefit from attending the institute.

Overview of Content
Negotiating the complexity of working with infants and toddlers

  • Consider multiple perspectives
  • Use a Thinking Lens to reflect on your work
  • Enhance the joy and intellectual engagement in your work

Studying the foundational elements for reflective practices

  • Design an engaging physical and social emotional environment
  • Provision with interesting materials

Cultivating your role as an educator of infants and toddlers

  • Observe the details of children's activities to seek their points of view
  • Transform your view of infants and toddlers
  • Use your power on behalf of children's lively minds
  • Meet up with children's minds by focusing on schemas and approaches to learning

Registration will be open in January, 2013. For more information contact Julia Herwig at


The Institute will be facilitated by the following Harvest Resource Associates:

DEB CURTIS is a passionate advocate for children and childhood. She has spent over 35 years working with children and teachers in early childhood programs, observing and studying children and child development. Her experiences have led her to a deep respect for children and their abilities, and a strong commitment to work in their behalf. Along with teaching children, Deb teaches teachers both in college settings, seminars and institutes within the United States and internationally.

ANNE MARIE COUGHLIN is the Professional Development Coordinator and Program Director at London Bridge Child Care Services in London, Ontario, Canada. Over her 25 year career, she has been a Preschool Educator, Centre Director, Professional Development Coordinator, and Community College Teacher. For the past ten years she has been a Director of Program at one of the largest Child Care Organizations in Ontario and has been instrumental in developing several innovative professional development initiatives including an 18 month Leadership Development Program. She currently serves as a Director on the Ontario Reggio Association Board and is Provincial Director for the Canadian Association of Young Children. Anne Marie is an accomplished, passionate speaker who is known for her innovative work with Early Childhood Educators and her inspiring vision. Anne Marie works as a Mentor for both classroom Educators and program leaders, exploring ways to work with and think about both children

WENDY CIVIDANES As a former preschool and school age teacher Wendy has over 25 years of experience working with young children and families. For over 15 years Wendy was an administrator for a large non-profit child care program where she worked with a staff of 35 and 175 families. Wendy currently works as a training specialist and consultant for a variety of preschool and school age programs throughout the Washington DC metropolitan area. A particular area of interest for Wendy is working with staff and administrators to design structures and supports for reflective professional development. Other training interests include cultural sensitivity, team building, partnering with families, and staff coaching and mentoring. Wendy received her BA and MA in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College.

DEBBIE LEBO has over 25 years of experience working with children in a variety of settings: as an infant/toddler and early childhood educator, a hospital child life specialist, and a child care director. She also helped launch a child development program serving at-risk single parent families, and was a preschool teacher and curriculum coordinator there for 5 years. She holds a B.S. in child development and an M.A. in human development, and she is working on her doctoral degree studying reflective teaching and learning in early childhood education. In addition to topics around reflective practices, her training interests include pedagogical documentation (observing and studying children's development and learning), culturally sensitive curriculum, working with families, facilitating adult learning, team building and communication, and visionary leadership.