In the 1990s, Andrew Pudewa was introduced to Dr. Webster and the Structure and Style methods while Mr. Pudewa was teaching 7th–8th graders English and history.
After participating in the eleven-day professional development course held in Canada for several years running, Andrew was given Dr. Webster’s blessing to take the program to the United States and streamline the course work for completion in two days instead of eleven. Today Mr. Pudewa is the principal speaker and director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing.
Presenting throughout North America, he addresses issues related to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music. His seminars for educators have equipped them with powerful tools to dramatically improve students’ writing and thinking skills. Although he is a graduate of the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan, and holds a Certificate of Child Brain Development from the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his best endorsement is from an Oklahoman 3rd-grade teacher, who called him “the most powerful influence in modeling what kind of teacher I want to be.”
The Institute for Excellence in Writing successfully equips students of all ages and levels of ability, including those with special needs and English language learners. Its methods not only build written and oral communication skills but also improve critical thinking. By using Excellence in Writing methods across the curriculum to reinforce content areas, students truly learn to write as they write to learn and are transformed from immature or even reluctant writers to competent, confident communicators. It is possible to teach students with very high writing aptitude alongside those with undeveloped writing aptitude, and the system works magnificently at both ends of the spectrum.