Attend an Essentials of Argument Writing Institute in January 2018!

Do you want to grow your practice in teaching students how to write an argument? Do you want more instructional strategies for engaging students in reading challenging text? Want to add fresh ways to hook students in dynamic discussions to your toolkit? In January 2018, PEBC is offering an exciting, interactive institute in Denver, Colorado, on the essentials of argument writing co-facilitated by Stevi Quate, Ph.D., and Annie Patterson, M.A.

Even if you have attended this institute before, you may be interested in sharing this opportunity with a colleague or joining us again since each year we add new materials, new instructional moves and new resources! For more information about this institute, please click through to read more and register–space is limited, so be sure to secure your spot soon!

Essentials of Argument Writing
January 23-24, 2018

In this highly interactive institute, we will explore how to engage students in developing necessary critical thinking skills to create evidence-based arguments in their writing. As students read and talk they gain knowledge and discover new contexts for their ideas—skills that are essential for life and for passing new standardized tests. This is not a “sit and get” workshop; instead, you will be an active participant in the kind of learning we want for students.

Meet the Facilitators

Stevi Quate, Ph.D.
Author and Instructional Coach

Stevi Quate has many passions in the field of education, including student engagement, adolescent literacy, disciplinary literacy, collaboration, adult learning and powerful instruction. Along with John McDermott, she is the author of Clock Watchers and The Just Right Challenge. She blends her passions into her work at PEBC as an instructional coach.

“Engagement rests not only on work that is stimulating and appropriately challenging, but also is heightened by a classroom community that is safe and supportive.” Click here to read a recent entry from Stevi on the PEBC blog about how to engage secondary students through community.


Annie Patterson, M.A.
Senior Director of Education

Annie Patterson joined PEBC in 2002 and serves as Senior Director of Education, overseeing the PEBC Lab Classroom Network. Lab Classrooms are comprised of exemplary teachers, who have received extensive PEBC professional learning and open their classrooms as a means to explore research-based best practices in action.

Facilitated lab visits are a key opportunity for teachers to see PEBC’s instructional staples in action, and one lab classroom day is included in registration for the Essentials of Argument Writing institute!