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Thinking Strategies Institute

November 14 - 17, 2022

$1750 Early Bird / $1850 General

November 14-17, 2022

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Denver Downtown
1190 Auraria Pkwy
Denver, CO 80204
$1750 Early Bird* / $1850 General
*Early Bird pricing ends October 14, 2022
$1650 Group Rate (groups of 6+)         Email [email protected] for more details

In what ways might we provide tools that increase learners’ agency, equity, and understanding? Thinking strategy instruction gives learners the power to fend off confusion and persevere. It takes them from helpless hand-raisers to agentic meaning-makers! The “Thinking Strategies” are rooted in the proficient reader research and are proven to be effective when explicitly taught. Thinking strategy instruction involves each strand of the PEBC Teaching Framework; planning for lifeworthy learning, cultivating thinking oriented classrooms, crafting student centered workshops, engaging students in meaningful discourse, and assessing along the way to adjust instruction to meet students' needs. In this institute, educators will experience how the thinking strategies support understanding across grade levels and content areas with an emphasis on how to explicitly teach, support, and plan for student agency, equity, and understanding. Participants will visit PEBC Lab Classrooms where teachers and students utilize thinking strategies on a regular basis and where the PEBC Teaching Framework from Phenomenal Teaching by Wendy Ward Hoffer comes to life. Thinking to learn, and learning to think!


  • Certificate of attendance for CDE credit
  • Lunch each day
  • Two lab classroom days
  • Transportation to and from school
  • One PEBC professional book of your choice


Annie Patterson
PEBC Senior Director of Lab Networks

Dana Sorensen
PEBC Senior Director of High Performing Schools

Michelle Morris Jones

Michelle Morris Jones
PEBC Senior Director of Professional Development Design

Hotel Accommodations

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Denver Downtown
1190 Auraria Pkwy
Denver, CO 80204


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Lab Classrooms

See the Thinking Strategies and elements of the  PEBC Teaching Framework in action across grade levels and content areas!  Two days in a PEBC lab classroom are included as part of the institute.

In each PEBC Lab classroom, participants will spend the morning observing the instruction and learning taking place in that classroom. With the lab classroom host and a PEBC staff developer, participants will spend time debriefing their observation, asking questions, and reflecting on the implications for their own classroom practice.

Leadership Lab Option

If you are a school or district leader, we now offer an option to spend the second Lab Classroom day in a Leadership Lab. You will spend the morning in a lab classroom at a school that has developed systemic practices across grade levels and has nurtured many lab classrooms over the last several years. You will learn with other leaders how to initiate, support, and sustain quality instruction in all classrooms.

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Learning Objectives

Thinking Strategies That Serve As Tools for Understanding

Experience the power of the Thinking Strategies, and learn to create and scaffold intentional and varied opportunities for all learners to authentically apply thinking strategies as tools for comprehension.

Community That Fosters Agency, Equity, & Understanding

Experience the synergy of being part of a community of learners, and learn how to plan for agency, equity, and understanding by gradually releasing responsibility of learning to all students and supporting them as independent thinkers and learners in culturally sustaining ways.

Lifeworthy Workshops That Prioritize Student Engagement

Experience the workshop model, and learn how to plan workshops that integrate lifeworthy learning so that students can engage with content that has meaning beyond the classroom and connects to their lives.

Classroom Discourse That Promotes Academic Conversations

Experience the impact of discourse, and learn how to create a classroom community of learners who engage in lively discussion where learners capitalize on the perspectives of their peers in service of understanding and language development.

Assessment That Supports Progress

Experience a variety of formative assessment strategies, and learn how to incorporate formative assessment techniques to gauge student understanding and adjust instruction.

Keynote Speakers

Samantha Bennett is a learning and leadership coach, author and education consultant. As an expert in curriculum design and day-to-day instruction, she works closely with districts around the country to help principals, coaches and teachers grow their professional capital. Her goal is to help every educator jump out of bed each day with energy to grow their teachers and students into more knowledgeable, skilled, powerful, and empathetic human beings.

She is the author of That Workshop Book: New Systems and Structures for Classrooms that Read, Write and Think (2007) and most recently, the editor of Cris Tovani's Why Do I Have to Read This?: Literacy Strategies to Engage Our Most Reluctant Students (2021).


Patrick Allen holds a bachelor's degree in communications disorders and his graduate certification in elementary education from the University of Northern Colorado. He earned a master's degree in curriculum, instruction, and pedagogy with a mathematics and science emphasis from the University of Colorado at Denver. Patrick has over 35 years of teaching experience. He is the author of Conferring: The Keystone of Reader's Workshop and co-author of Put Thinking to the Test. Patrick is intrigued by learners and their thinking process and believes effective professional development is best explored through a lens of inquiry.

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