Teaching

I’m delighted to announce that Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and 4Culture have renewed my grants to develop a creative writing program at King County Juvenile Detention Center. Read more here.

In the College of Education at Seattle University, my students are pre-service and in-service k-12 teachers.  I’m moved and impressed each year by their dedication to serving young people.

My literature class helps teachers learn how to use children’s literature across the curriculum to support literacy and content-area learning.

My writing seminar focuses on how to teach writing in k-12 classrooms.  At the core of this class is the belief that the best teachers of writing are writers themselves.

My current research explores using picture books and the visual arts to build literacy with at-risk and incarcerated young adults. If you would like me to present at a conference or school, please feel free to contact me. I love working with learners of all ages.

Guerra, S. (2015). Using Picture Books to Engage At-Risk Teen Writers. Paper presented at the annual meeting of ILA, St. Louis, Missouri.

Guerra, S. (2015). Panel: From Critique to Collaboration. SCBWI Washington, Seattle, Washington.

Guerra, S. (2013). Panel: Editing and Revising Your Writing. Burlington Public Library, Burlington, Washington.

Guerra, S. (2013) Panel: Staying Sane in the Digital Age. Northwest Literary Festival, Kirkland, Washington.

Guerra, S. (2013). Building Literacy with At-Risk Teens. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Reading Association, San Antonio, Texas.

Guerra, S. (2012). Using Urban Fiction to Engage At-Risk and Incarcerated Youth in Literacy Instruction, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (55)5, p 385-394.

Guerra, S. (2010). Reaching Out to At-Risk Teens: Building Literacy with Incarcerated Youth, PNLA Quarterly, 74:5.

Guerra, S. (2010). Teaching with Urban Fiction. Paper presented at the annual meeting of WORD, Redmond, WA.

Guerra, S. (2010). The Transformative Potential of Young Adult Urban Fiction for Incarcerated Youth. Paper presented at the annual meeting of WLA/PNLA, Victoria, Canada.

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