Director of Curriculum and Instruction and of Early Childhood, Pontiac CCSD 429
Debra has contributed to the field of education in various capacities working with students from birth through college over the past 30 years including general education teacher, special education teacher, teacher consultant, instructional coach, special education director, building administrator, and university instructor. She presents at the local, state, and national level. Her area of expertise is in developmentally appropriate practices and strategies for Pre-K through 3rd grade including the implementation of purposeful, intentional play and project-based learning. Her website for early learning is journeyintoearlychildhood.com.
She has also presented on numerous instructional strategies for English Language Arts including reading and writing workshop, shared reading, interactive read aloud with purposeful talk, vocabulary, informational texts, open-ended questioning, effective reading and writing conferences, and use of mentor texts for grades K-8.
Certifications include: General Education K-8 Special Education PreK-adult (including social/emotional disorders, learning disabilities, autism, severe/profound disabilities and early childhood) K-8 Administration Received the train the trainers professional development through the Foundational Services State grant in all areas of English Language Arts, Assessment and SLO's. Educational Consultant work with a large district in OK working on PLC's and Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Early Learning Website: journeyintoearlychildhood.com
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