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PEBC works with teachers, schools and district superintendents throughout Colorado, and nationwide, to provide professional learning that cultivates highly effective K-12 educators to elevate student growth and achievement.

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Mission

PEBC drives cutting-edge practices, and informs and
provokes the public, to improve education for all.

History

PEBC’s origins date back to 1983 and the release of the Nation At Risk report by The National Commission on Excellence in Education. The Commission believed that the public education system was failing to meet the national need for a competitive workforce. With funding from the Ford Foundation, several communities created local education funds to concentrate efforts on quality teaching initiatives.

PEBC has worked with more than 17,000 principals and teachers in K-12 education, impacting over 1,000 schools, and one million students.

Initially PEBC’s focus was on supporting teachers with literacy and reading comprehension instructional practices. In 1997 PEBC staff published the ground-breaking book Mosaic of Thought: Teaching Comprehension in a Reader’s Workshop which drew thousands of teachers to Denver wanting to work with and observe PEBC staff applying literacy best practices in their own classrooms. The organization expanded its efforts to coach teachers nationally, and created its highly-respected PEBC Lab Classrooms. In 2004 PEBC expanded its focus to include professional learning in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) instructional best practices and launched the teacher preparation program Boettcher Teacher Residency.

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Today, PEBC has grown into an organization with an unrivaled reputation for its professional development model, its publications, and the expertise of its staff.

PEBC is headquartered in Denver, CO, and works both locally and nationally. Its Board is comprised of both business executives and school superintendents.

PEBC believes that great teaching starts with a great teacher,
and that every student has the capacity to learn and succeed.

Our Principles

Great teachers are the primary facilitator of change for student success, and every student deserves well-trained and energetically-supported teachers. Sound teacher preparation and targeted professional development are critical to improve teaching, learning and understanding.

We are developing great educators

We are improving student growth and success

We are elevating the teaching profession

We are influencing and empowering systems change

We are recognized as a leader in the education profession

We are operating with a financially sustainable business model

Programs

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Professional Learning

PEBC staff developers work extensively in individual schools, supporting educators as they implement research-based best practices in their classrooms. They coach principals and school-based leadership teams to guide the professional development of their educators and develop their school or district into a “learning organization.” PEBC’s professional learning work is characterized as: Asset-Based, Customized, Site-Based, and Demonstration-Based.

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Residency-Based Teacher Preparation

The Boettcher Teacher Residency program, launched in 2004, was one of the first of three in the nation to focus on a residency model with a five-year service contract to develop teachers for high-needs schools and districts. The program boasts a teacher retention rate of 96% after six years; and statistically significant increases in student achievement data demonstrate the validity of this model in growing a highly effective teacher workforce for our highest needs schools.

Authors

For nearly thirty years PEBC has been at the forefront of collaborating on, creating and sharing the latest thinking on best instructional practices. PEBC’s professional development model is nationally recognized for building the capacity of educators in schools and growing and maintaining quality instruction in the classroom. This work has generated numerous books, written by past and present PEBC staff, which highlight strategies that support great teaching.

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Wendy Ward Hoffer, M.A.

Education Sr. Director of Content

Wendy Ward Hoffer is the author of Minds on Mathematics: Using Math Workshop to Develop Understanding in Grades 4-8 and Science as Thinking: The Constants and Variable of Inquiry Work. Wendy works with teachers, schools and districts locally and nationally to promote deep thinking in math and science.

She is the creator and facilitator of several PEBC professional development institutes including: Math Institute, Science Institute and Foundations of Numeracy. Wendy received an MA in Science Education from Stanford University and earned National Board Certification while teaching middle school math and science.

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Patrick Allen, M.A.

Lab Classroom Host and National Consultant

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.”

He currently teaches fourth grade at Frontier Valley Elementary School in Parker, CO where he opens his classroom for observation as a PEBC Lab Classroom Host. ”I am always trying to hone my craft and welcome the challenges that professional inquiry brings to my learning and the classroom.” Patrick received his bachelor’s degree in communications disorders and his graduate certification in elementary education from the University of Northern Colorado. He received his master’s degree in curriculum, instruction, and pedagogy with a mathematics and science emphasis from the University of Colorado at Denver.

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Ellin Oliver Keene, M.A.

Director of Research and Development

Ellin Oliver Keene is author of Talk About Understanding: Rethinking Classroom Talk to Enhance Understanding, To Understand: New Horizons in Reading Comprehension, co-author of Comprehension Going Forward and of Mosaic of Thought: The Power of Comprehension Strategy Instruction.

Ellin has been a classroom teacher, staff developer, non-profit director and adjunct professor of reading and writing. In addition to her role as Director of Research and Development for PEBC, she works with schools and districts throughout the country and abroad.

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Stevi Quate, Ph.D.

National Consultant

Stevi Quate is the author of The Just-Right Challenge and Clock Watchers (both coauthored with John McDermott).

As PEBC staff developer, Stevi sees daily the unrelenting pressure teachers face to boost student performance—and that the ability to catch students’ interest and hold it is essential to raising achievement. Stevi has also been a middle and high school teacher, co-director of the Colorado Writing Project, President of the Colorado affiliates of NCTE and IRA, and state literacy coordinator for the Colorado Department of Education.

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