Problem Solvers & Makers of Meaning

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Teacher Preparation

PEBC’s Teacher Residency program prepares college graduates to embark on exceptional teaching careers through an experiential licensure program.

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Professional Learning

PEBC supports teachers in all content areas and at all levels to become the educators they aspire to be. PEBC staff offer customized, contextualized professional learning targeting teaching for understanding.

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Policy

Local, state, and national leaders trust PEBC to inform the development of sound education policy that profoundly impacts success for students and teachers alike.
 

Who We Are

Each and every child deserves a great teacher. As a nonprofit, we collaborate with schools, districts, legislators, and communities nationwide to recruit, train, develop and support educators who, in turn, support learners at all levels.

What We Do

We prepare outstanding new teachers, help good teachers and leaders become exceptional, and shape systems and policies that foster vibrant growth and lasting success for students and teachers.

How We Do It

The experts at PEBC are lifelong learners who celebrate independent thinking and work to foster agency for both teachers and students, culminating in deep understanding. Our Teaching Framework is based on 30 years’ learning alongside teachers – the approaches are not new, and yet they are not outdated. Educators at all levels can adapt this Framework to their own context and effectively strengthen students’ confidence and competence as problem solvers and makers of meaning.

New and Notable

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Virtual Coaching

PEBC's expert facilitators are skilled at individual coaching as well as facilitating whole-staff, all-district sessions for teachers and leaders around a wide range of topics.

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Online Courses

Registration is now open for many of our fall events. We are also pleased to offer many online courses.

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Phenomenal Teaching

Wendy Ward Hoffer’s fifth book, Phenomenal Teaching, provides a wide range of examples and ideas to foster phenomenal thinking and learning in classrooms at all levels.

LATEST PODCAST

A Day in the Life of a Virtual Learner with Mary Korte

October 15, 2020

Mary Korte is a PEBC Lab Host and primary teacher who has historically co-taught a multi-age primary class at the Jefferson County Open School. In years past Mary could be found sitting eye to eye with her young learners and discussing the ways in which words can create beautiful images for readers or how the …

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What is Critical Multicultural Education?

October 8, 2020

Ashlee Saddler and Michelle Morris Jones discuss how the definition of “multicultural education” has evolved beyond recognition and celebration of different cultures to deepening our collective understanding of critical multicultural education and the concept of hegemony. In order to serve each and every student we must build meaningful relationships with students, assess how our materials …

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Leading a Complex System During a Time of Great Complexity

October 1, 2020

In this episode, Scott Bain shares the complexities of leading a complex system of four schools within a school, the importance of leaning into one’s beliefs, and actions he is taking as an instructional leader. Scott has found that leadership during this time requires: Maintaining a Strong Collective Vision Delegating Leadership Responsibilities Trusting Teachers Tending …

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Combatting Quarantine Fatigue for Teachers & Students: Slowing Down, Prioritization, and Wellness 

September 24, 2020

In this episode Dr. Andra Brill joins the Phenomenal Teaching Podcast for a follow-up conversation on tending to the well being of students, families, and educators as the COVID 19 Pandemic continues to impact our everyday lives.  We are now faced with the impact of chronic stress and quarantine fatigue and there are some steps …

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Teacher Feature: Monitoring and Supporting Progress During Remote Learning

September 21, 2020

Each and every day Jennifer Engbretson, a PEBC Lab Host in Denver, Colorado crafts math workshops that prioritize student thinking and understanding while also considering the importance of assessment and feedback. In this episode Jennifer and Michelle Morris Jones discuss ways to monitor and support progress while teaching remotely that can be applied to any …

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From Corporate America to ECE

September 10, 2020

What does it mean to be a pre-service teacher in the midst of a global pandemic? If you are PEBC Teacher Residency it means learning alongside mentor teachers from day one, establishing connections with colleagues, and deep study of the PEBC Teaching Framework just like you would in any year. In this episode Tyler Hansen …

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Teacher Feature: Promoting Joy AND Understanding By Tending to Thinking, Content & Habits During Virtual and Hybrid Learning

September 3, 2020

In this episode, PEBC Lab Host, Tracey Shaw shares how she and her students have found their “happy place” as they navigate their collective journey through hybrid and virtual learning. As a high school math teacher, Tracey knows the importance of building a community of learners who can think and act like mathematicians and in …

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Storytelling in the Age of Remote Learning

August 27, 2020

In this episode Antonio Sacre and Michelle Jones discuss the history of storytelling, the art of storytelling, ways to bring stories to your classroom, and how to encourage students to tell their stories. Antonio encourages teachers of all age groups and content areas to share their stories with their students because stories bring people together, …

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Teacher Feature: What’s Worth Showing Up For? Planning for Remote Learning

August 13, 2020

In this episode Jamie and Jeff dive into what matters most when planning for in-person and remote learning.  The question, “What’s worth showing up for?” drives their planning process.  They are intentionally planning with people, purpose and process in mind as they craft their remote math and literacy workshops.  This focus allows them to prioritize …

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Supporting the Social and Emotional Wellbeing of Students, Teachers & Leaders

August 6, 2020

In this episode Dr. Andra Brill joins Michelle Morris Jones to talk about the importance of fostering school and classroom communities that support the social and emotional needs of students, teachers, and school leaders as we all return to school. There is fear, uncertainty, and elevated levels of stress for students, teachers, leaders, and families, …

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LATEST POSTS

Virtual Discourse

By Sathya Wandzek | October 21, 2020

Yes, things are different. Everything is harder, and there are more loops than ever to go through to do the simplest task. So, what’s not different? In all my conversations with teachers over the last four months I continue to hear the same  things: They want their students to feel safe, loved, seen, and heard. …

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PEBC Supports Amendment B and Proposition EE

By Evan Kennedy | October 21, 2020

PEBC is proud to support two ballot measures on Colorado’s ballot this November that would provide important support to the early childhood and K-12 sectors – please join us in supporting Amendment B and Proposition EE on your ballots this year. Amendment B amends the Gallagher Amendment by eliminating language that prohibits residential property taxes …

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What do my students really understand? Building a Bridge from Virtual to In-Person Learning

By Annie Patterson | October 19, 2020

In an in-person classroom, teachers can walk around and take a look at student work, listen in to learners’ conversations, and quickly confer to clarify misconceptions. But in virtual classrooms, students sit behind cameras turned off, too shy sometimes to even type responses to their teachers, much less ask for help. Even in socially-distanced settings, …

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Teacher, Principal, and Leader Residency Access Act

By Evan Kennedy | October 12, 2020

Teacher residency programs are growing throughout the United States as research continues to demonstrate their ability to diversify the education workforce and increase retention in the teaching profession. One of the many benefits of the residency model is how coursework is tightly integrated with clinical experience, pairing candidates with expert mentor teachers to co-teach alongside …

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Why Arguments Matter

By Stevi Quate | October 8, 2020

As I watched the debate, I heard both candidates call each other names and question the patriotism and intelligence of their opponent. I saw cherry picking of statistics and heard outrageous exaggerations of “facts.” It reminded me of what my mom used to say way too often, “The world is going to hell in a …

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Supporting English Language Learners’ Success as Remote Learners

By Moker Klaus-Quinlan | September 24, 2020

“In today’s educational climate, English Learners are expected to develop deep content knowledge, engage with complex texts, and interact with peers in sophisticated ways, all while developing proficiency in English.” –Fenner & Snyder, Unlocking English Learners’ Potential Doing school online is challenging for all of us, teachers and learners alike. And yet it may be most …

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Five Ways to Get Students to Turn on their Video During Classes

By Wendy Ward Hoffer | September 3, 2020

There they are – the boxes on the video-conference screen, empty but names or images uploaded. We are hearing from many teachers of learners’ reluctance to turn on their screens during online classes. Disheartening and exhausting to face those void boxes and teach your heart out every day, we know. Are you wondering how to …

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What is Virtual Coaching?

By Michelle Morris Jones | August 18, 2020

How can instructional coaches be of service during remote & hybrid learning? We all want to get better. The role of a Leadership or Instructional Coach is to provide job embedded professional development that mediates thinking and allows an individual to access internal resources, reflect on current actions or issues, and to provide a structure …

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Community in the Physical and Virtual Classroom

By Wendy Ward Hoffer | August 10, 2020

Trust, shared purpose, interdependence, mutual support, and safety in taking risks are some of the features of an effective community. Your own community might be your neighborhood, your faith group, your colleagues, your extended family. For students, their learning community, the online or brick-and-mortar space in which and the people with whom they spend their …

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Taming Our Trauma Brain

By Katrina Litzau | July 22, 2020

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, more than two-thirds of children will experience at least one traumatic event before the age 16. This statistic is startling. As educators, we need to be aware of the effects of trauma on the students who enter our schools. I have an 11-year-old daughter whom …

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