The Future of Education

Edition 14

Speaker Profile

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Deb Marciano

Institution: Valdosta State University

Address: 3618 Victoria Dr

Postal Code: 31605

Country: United States

Deb L. Marciano, Ph.D. Deb L. Marciano, Ph.D. is a Professor of Elementary Education at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia, USA ( She works with prospective and in-service teachers in the Bachelor of Science undergraduate and the Masters of Elementary Education degree programs in the Department of Teacher Education. She serves on various university, college, and departmental, and community committees. She currently is the Program Coordinator for the M.Ed. in Elementary Education.

Deb earned a B.S. in early childhood/special education and a M.Ed. in Secondary Special Education at Rhode Island College (RI) and a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction in Literacy Education at The Pennsylvania State University (PA). She has taken additional course work in Italian language and culture.

She has taught at the elementary school and university levels in Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Georgia (USA), and guest taught in Valle d'Aosta and Marano sul Panaro, Italy. This background enhances her work with teacher candidates, providing practical, hands-on experiences from the field. Her courses include connections across academic content and creative methodology, as well as utilizing children’s literature and the arts to enhance students' creative and critical thinking.

Deb frequently presents at local, state, national, and international education conferences, and served a three-year appointment as a reviewer on the International Literacy Association Children’s and Young Adult Book Award Committee. She has published in international journals

She has led study abroad programs in Italy, researching approaches and practices of Italian early childhood education, arts integration, and community as teacher. She has presented and published with students on their educational discoveries in Italian classrooms. She is currently developing a note-taking tool to enhance meaning-making between course material and students’ prior and knowledge application. Her courses reflect activities to assist teacher candidates to deal with stress relief in themselves and their students to enhance conditions for learning.

Area of Expertise: literacy education, children’s literature, initial teacher preparation, innovations in teaching and learning, effective note-taking, developing creative and critical thinking for education, family literacy, technology in teaching and learning, Italian cultural approaches to learning, study abroad, reducing stress for educators and learners.

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