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After my initial research around the analysis of backstrap loom weaving as applied to teaching and learning and professional development constructs in the institution of education, I spoke at several professional development sessions/meetings with bilingual teachers. Throughout my years spent in Guatemala, my vacations to Wisconsin were often full of informational presentations in my local community including artisan guilds, local libraries, women's groups, Spanish classes, among others. I developed presentations for a variety of ages. I continue to seek out opportunities to speak. This space could be yours. Schedule a presentation for adults or children. Invite me as a guest speaker for your book club, women's group, nonprofit service organization or professional development workshop for educators working in literacy with diverse populations. My work and my writing are founded in conversation and storytelling, let's make time to continue the conversation, to write the next chapter.
Diversity Reading Challenge 2019
Open invitation at https://luktenavtrykksverte.blogspot.com/2018/11/2019-diversity-reading-challenge.html. I will be participating all year! Check for reviews in my blog and read other participants' suggestions via the link. Storytelling and story listening matter.
WITESOL: From Conference to Newsletter
In fall 2015 I presented "What do Good Readers Do? Exploring parent/child reading instruction", a conversation I began in Guatemala with low literacy Mayan women and their preschool aged children. I know the opportunity to present will be one of many rewarding professional interactions with educators across contexts. I am proud to announce my continued participation through the WITESOL newsletter. To read my article, "GROWTH"? WHAT IS THE MEASUREMENT THAT MATTERS: DESCRIBING ADULT LEARNER PROGRESS THROUGH STRATEGY BENCHMARKS, visit
You may also read it here on my blog.
UW-Madison's 27th Annual Writer's Institute
First Place Flash Fiction Winner
I attended my first writing conference yesterday, the UW-Madison's Writer's Institute. What a great experience! My flash fiction submission, Bird-Pajaro, based on my research project on history and memory in post dictatorship Argentina became this short story fifteen years ago. While working two part time jobs and writing other longer projects, I didn't have time to write something completely new so I pulled this text from my files. Later while attending a session on literary magazines, Chris Chambers, editor of the Midwest Revue mentioned an anthology contest he won when he decided to shine up some old stories from a drawer. It doesn't matter if you are seasoned or just starting, it's never too late for a story to come out of the drawer and be retold.