A Bridge Of Stories: Risking It All To Connect Classrooms And Culture by Kristin PedemontiA Bridge Of Stories: Risking It All To Connect Classrooms And Culture by Kristin Pedemonti

A Bridge Of Stories: Risking It All To Connect Classrooms And Culture

byKristin Pedemonti

Paperback | January 1, 2017

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“With openhearted generosity, Kristin shares not only the story of her amazing journey but complete lesson plans and valuable tips on inter-cultural work. She deepens our understanding of the culture and legends of Belize all the while imparting courage and a can-do philosophy that could truly change the world. Read and be inspired!”

—Diane Edgecomb, author of A Fire in My Heart: Kurdish Tales

Kristin Pedemonti is an award winning Cause-Focused Storyteller, TED Talks Talent Search Finalist 2013, TEDx Speaker, and author. She is a Storytelling Consultant at the World Bank in Washington, DC. She is the first American ever invited to perform in Iran at the Kanoon International Storytelling Festival and has performed & presented...
Title:A Bridge Of Stories: Risking It All To Connect Classrooms And CultureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:January 1, 2017Publisher:Parkhurst Brothers Publishers IncLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1624910874

ISBN - 13:9781624910876


From the Author

In 2005, Kristin Pedemonti left her then full-time job to embark on a career as a full-time Cause Focused Storyteller. Within 30 days of this decision and after a celebratory trip to Belize, she chose to sell her home and most of her possessions to create and facilitate what became Literacy Outreach Belize. Kristin had no formal training in how to start a volunteer project. Armed only with enthusiasm, the willingness to listen, the openness to adapt the projected program to meet the needs of the Principals and Teachers she encountered, she was able to create and facilitate a project over 7 years that was received, respected, and replicated. All told, she donated programs for 33,000+ students, trained 800 teachers and librarians and learned more in the first 365 days creating and adapting the project than she had in an entire lifetime before embarking on the journey.   This book is the culmination of the project. It shares her journey to Belize, her love affair with the country, its people and one person in particular. The book also shares the successful and replicable lesson plan which has since been expanded to Ghana, France and within in several states in the United States. In 2015 the lesson plan has also been invited to Nepal and has been used as a healing lesson after the devastating earthquake of April 2015.   Within these pages you will hear about the ups and downs and ins and outs of one woman’s experience creating and facilitating a successful volunteer literacy project. It is Kristin’s hope that you will take the lessons learned; apply and adapt them as you wish whether to your own literacy volunteer project or to another program.     

Table of Contents

The Importance of Listening

Willingness to Adapt

Cultural Sensitivity

Valuing Local Culture

Chapter One: How It Began & Evolved

Literacy Outreach Belize; Its Creation, the Journey &


Challenges as Opportunities for Growth and Change

Why Indigenous Stories are Important in Connecting

Culture, Classroom and Community

Chapter Two: Legends of Belize

Shape Shifters & Spirits

A Bridge of Stories 

Chapter Three: Explode-a-Moment—Lesson Plan

Face to Face With Shape Shifters & Spirits

Using Indigenous Legends to Teach Personal Narrative


Chapter 4 Student and Teacher Stories



After the Afterword

About the Author

Editorial Reviews

“This hopeful guide shows a path stretching beyond boundaries, cultures, and classes on a road to understanding that’s paved with love and stories. Reading Kristin Pedemonti’s methods and joyful action touched my heart.”