About School Visits:
I love visiting schools! I have been doing author visits to American and International schools, both in-person and virtually, to grades 4-12 since 2016. Along the way, I have met tons of inspiring students and wonderful librarians who have collaborated with me in order to maximize our time. Because I've been a classroom teacher for grades 4-12 over the past 20 years, engaging teaching methods and strategies are incorporated into all my work with students. My visit could be an hour long, a full day or two, or more! Although I work with librarians and teachers to customize their schedules, here’s a list of presentations (large group) and workshops (small group) I have done:
Assembly pres. - An Author’s Journey - on identity & motivation
Presentation - the Writing Process - on humility & feedback
Presentation - Identity, Race and Inclusion - based on Paco Jones novel
Presentation - Real Inspiration + Imagination - based on Unusual Suspects
Presentation - Research & Responsibility - based on Acts of Resistance
Workshop - Purpose, Perspective, & Poetry - Ghetto is Not an Adjective
Workshop - Have the Guts to Cut - editing and feedback loops
Workshop - Crappy First Drafts - starting the writing process
Workshop - Bringing History to Life - the historical fiction process
Workshop - Culture of Critique - feedback process for all writing
And there are more presentations/workshops that I have customized for classes that are working on something more specific, or reading one of my books/short stories. Also, I have presented to educators on the topic of publishing student writing and the motivation and professionalism it fosters in students engaged in an authentic project. Below are a few testimonials from librarians/educators:
"As a librarian, I strongly recommend Carrillo's book (and his visit!). Paco Jones is an ambassador for teens making sense of their place in a new school and with new friends."
-Dr. John Kurtenbach, librarian, American International School of Johannesburg
“Dominic was very easy to collaborate with. In the planning phases, he was expedient and thorough in his communications with us. And during the virtual visit, he was engaging, offering our students a wealth of knowledge in an easy to follow format that was perfect for second language learners!"
-Rebecca Battistoni, Nansha College Prep Academy, China
"Dominic Carrillo conducted fantastic presentations about reading with all Gr 9&10 students! Highly recommend him; international school teacher, author, and a fine human being!"
-Darlene Navis, Librarian, Cayman International School, Cayman Islands
Having a background in teaching, Dominic understands and interacts with his audience according to their age and grade level. We highly recommend Dominic as a visiting author and presenter of the writing process..."
-Pam York and Polina Spencer, librarians, Pechersk International School, Kiev, Ukraine
Feel free to contact me with any questions, or to arrange a visit: firstname.lastname@example.org