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January 25-26, 2019
Venue: American International School
Chennai, India

Stevi Quate

Consultant on adolescent literacy with the Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC).

Full Bio

For over 25 years, STEVI QUATE taught English to middle and high school students. From the high school classroom, she became the literacy coordinator at the Colorado Department of Education.

She moved on to the University of Colorado at Denver where she helped develop the Secondary Literacy Network, mentored preservice teachers, and taught practicing teachers as they worked toward their masters degrees.

Along with serving as president of both the state affiliates for the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association, she directed Colorado Writing Project and Colorado Critical Friends Group as well as served on the advisory board for the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.

She has written articles for several publications and has a chapter in Powerful Designs for Professional Learning, was the co-editor of the Colorado Reading Council Journal, and has co-written two books with John McDermott: Clock Watchers: Six Steps for Motivating and Engaging the Disengaged Across Content Areas (2009) and The Just-Right Challenge (2013).

Currently she consults on adolescent literacy with the Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC) and works with schools throughout the nation and internationally.

Institute Description

High School Reading and Writing Workshop: Growing Teens as Readers, Writers, and Thinkers

(In coordination with NESA's Literacy Collaborative)

What does a reading and writing workshop look like in the high school? How does a reading and writing workshop motivate and engage older students? How does a workshop differ from a traditional classroom? With an abundance of curricular demands, why would a teacher opt for the workshop model? How does the workshop model fit in a standards-based world?

For two days, teachers will explore these questions and others. During a part of each day, you will be immersed in a reading and writing workshop similar to what you might find in a high school.

Based on this highly interactive experience, you will understand a contemporary model of reading and writing workshop designed to engage and meet the needs of the high school students.

At the end of the two days, you will leave with strategies for designing a reading and writing workshop, a collection of tools that will support your learners, and a variety of practical tips.

Target Audience: MS and HS English/literacy teachers, literacy coaches, administrators.

Continuum Level: 2

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Participants will. . .
  • know the purpose of the reading and writing workshop in the high school classroom and the difference workshop makes for students.
  • be able to apply the essential elements of a reading and writing workshop to their classrooms.
  • understand the importance of models, including teacher modeling and mentor texts.
  • recognize workshop as a time and assessment structure.
  • receive a collection of standards-based resources they can turn to in the upcoming school year, including mini-lessons for both reading and writing.

Advance Prep/Prerequisites

Knowledge of the standards and an awareness of the workshop model of instruction.

Please bring your laptop/tablet to this workshop.


Save paper and effort where possible!

For your convenience, and to support our efforts in being "green", all handouts/files posted here have been notated with an A, B, C or D indicating the following:

(A) hardcopies needed at workshop
(B) electronic version on laptop is sufficient (for viewing during the workshop)
(C) required reading PRIOR to the workshop
(D) file not needed for workshop itself, but simply material of additional interest/reference

(A) High School Reading and Writing Workshop: Growing Teens as Readers, Writers, and Thinkers

(A) Workshop Model as a Structure for Assessment