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Thinking Strategies Institute (Winter)

Develop the thinking strategies that promote understanding!

Learning is a complex intellectual activity.  It is the thinking strategies that enable learners to make sense of complex texts, academic standards, and content. In this institute, educators will learn how to explicitly teach, support, and plan for deeper thinking with the thinking strategies within in the context of instructional best practices.

You’ll visit PEBC Lab Classrooms where teachers and students use thinking strategies on a regular basis.

We’ll explore ways to promote deep learning by fostering engagement and understanding, and how the workshop model, rich student discourse, and thinking oriented classroom communities provide time for teacher modeling, student practice and self-reflection.

Thinking to learn, and learning to think!

Jan 29-Feb 1, 2018

Spring Hill Suites Marriott
1190 Auraria Parkway
Denver, CO 80204

This course is also available on:
December 4-7. 2017
April 30-May 3, 2018

Perfect for

Curriculum Leaders
Instructional Coaches
Assistant Principals & Principals
District-based Leaders

Early Bird Rate: $1,695

Price includes two days
of lab classroom observation

Earn continuing Education Credit from
Colorado Department of Education
for completing the institute


Patrick Allen

Patrick Allen is the author of Conferring: The Keystone of Readers’ Workshop and the co-author of Put Thinking to the Test. He is intrigued by the process learners go through as they become thinkers. “I love helping children develop their passions.”

Conferring The Keystone of Readers' Workshop  Put Thinking to the Test

Samantha Bennett

Samantha Bennett is the author or coauthor of Comprehension Going Forward and That Workshop Book. Sam is currently researching and writing about giving students access to power in the world through the creation of meaningful work in school.


Registration will open soon! Contact us if you would like to be notified when registration opens

Learning Objectives


Investigate researched-based thinking strategies that proficient thinkers use to analyze information so they can develop a deeper understanding of content


Learn how to gradually release responsibility of learning to students, and support them as independent thinkers and learners


Experience the workshop model, and learn to integrate inquiry-based instruction to gain deeper student understanding of complex texts


Create a classroom community of learners who engage in lively discussions


Utilize formative assessment strategies to gauge student understanding and adjust instruction

PEBC Lab Classroom

See excellent literacy instruction in action.

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 the afternoon debriefing their observation reading professional literature, and reflecting on the implications for their own classroom practice.

NEW Leadership Lab!
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 three lab classrooms over the last several years. You will learn with other leaders how to initiate, support, and sustain quality instruction in all classrooms.

Two days in a PEBC lab classroom are included as part of the institute.

Event facilitators

Annie Patterson, MA


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Patterson consults nationally, and oversees the PEBC Lab Classroom Network. Lab Classrooms are comprised of exemplary teachers across the Metro Denver area, representing kindergarten through high school, who have received extensive PEBC professional learning and open their classrooms for colleagues as a means to explore research based best practices in action.

Michelle Morris Jones, MA

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Jones supports teachers nationally, in the area of instructional practices that support literacy and understanding across grade levels and content areas. She co-facilitates the Thinking Strategies Institute, the Foundations of Literacy Institute, the Investigating Thinking Strategies Institute, and the Social Studies Institute.

Registration also includes

A PEBC Professional Book
of your choice

Two lab classroom days

Including transportation to
and from the schools

Breakfast and Lunch each day

Certificate of attendance for CDE credit

“With the thinking strategies, I can teach students how to become learners, how to understand the world, how to infer, what it means to synthesize, how to determine what’s important and why we need to do that.”  – 9th Grade Teacher, Denver Public Schools

More Information

For more information contact
Hannah Popkin
[email protected]

Nearby Lodging

SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown
1190 Auraria Parkway
Denver, CO  80204

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Springhill Suites Denver Downtown

Cancellations & refunds

Registration fees for professional development events cancelled or rescheduled by PEBC, for reasons other than weather or acts of God, are fully refundable. Seat(s) cancelled by registrant with less than 60 days notice from the start date of the professional development event are not refundable. Registrant is responsible for 50% of the registration fee for any seat(s) cancelled with more than 60 days notice from the start date of the professional development event. Unused seat(s) (no-shows) will be considered a cancellation by the registrant and are non-refundable. Registrant is responsible for all costs incurred due to cancellation, regardless of cancellation reason.

Bring PEBC’s Institutes and Seminars to YOUR school or district!

PEBC has revised our most popular institutes so you can experience the same quality professional development at your own school.

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