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Jane Curtis
Jane Curtis

Jane Curtis has a Masters in Special Education from Columbia University. After teaching emotionally disturbed children and then peer counseling to adults, she began a career in family literacy. In 1990, she implemented California State Library’s Families for Literacy for the Marin Literacy Program in San Rafael, California.

As a result of bringing family literacy into corrections at San Quentin State Prison in 1993, Jane authored two curricula for low-literate adults: the F.A.T.H.E.R.S. Program Guide, specifically for the incarcerated population, and the recently revised P.A.R.E.N.T.S. Program Guide. Both use children's picture books as instructional tools for parents and parent figures. She has developed training materials for the Staff Development Institute at the California Department of Education and provided trainings to incorporate family literacy into adult education.

Additionally, Jane wrote T.O.O.L.S. for Work, a curriculum for low literate adults leaving welfare. She co-authored the worktexts which accompany the family literacy instructional video series Madison Heights and Lifelines produced by INTELECOM of Pasadena, CA.

Currently, she is Inmate Literacy Services Coordinator for the Marin Literacy Program and an independent consultant for curriculum development and writing.