Teacher, university professor of education; educational consultant. Born– May 29, 1932, Ramer. Parents– Russell Fail and Sara (Mills) Cowles. Education– Troy State University, B.S., 1952, University of Alabama, M.A., 1958, Ph.D., 1962. Taught in Floyd Elementary School, Montgomery, from 1952-1959; served on the faculty of Rutgers University, 1962-97; , University of Georgia, 1966-67; University of South Carolina, 1967-73; at the School of Education, University of Alabama, Birmingham, 1973-1990; Dean, 1980-87.  Consultant to many educational projects and institutions. Awarded professor emerita status at UAB on her retirement.  Member many professional education associations, including the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the U.S. National Committee of the World Organization for Early Childhood Education, and the American Educational Research Association. Outstanding Public Educator Award from the Capstone College of Education Society at the University of Alabama, 1977.  Outstanding Alumna, Troy State University, 1984.  Early Childhood Education Leadership Award, South Carolina State University, 1992.


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Littleton, George. From Ramer to Rutgers. Montgomery: Donnell Group, 2013.


Developmental Discipline. Birmingham, Ala.; Religious Education Press, 1982.

Early Childhood Education:  A Case for Kindergarten.  Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1969.


Activity-oriented classrooms.  NEA, 1992.

Taming the Young Savage. Birmingham, Ala.; Development Press, 1980.


Perspectives in the Education of Disadvantaged Children. Scranton, Pa.; International Textbook Co., 1967.


School Begins With Kindergarten. Columbia, S.C.; South Carolina Department of Education, 1978.


“They All Learn:  The Story of a Sequential Program in Williamsburg, South Carolina.”  [Film]. 1969.