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Teacher Preparation

The PEBC 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 all 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Teaching Framework is based on 30 years’ learning alongside teachers – the approaches are not new, and yet they are not outdated.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.

To teach in a manner that respects and cares for the souls of our students is essential if we are to provide the necessary conditions where learning can most deeply and intimately begin.

- bell hooks

UPCOMING COURSES AND EVENTS


Thinking Strategies Institute (Fall 2022)
November 14 - 17, 2022

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.

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Facilitation Institute (2022)
December 5 - 6, 2022

In this engaging, expertly facilitated two-day workshop participants learn to craft quality questions, deepen listening skills, wield protocols effectively and navigate group dynamics with intent.

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Minds on Math Institute (Dec 2022)
December 7 - 8, 2022

In this institute you will learn how to address all eight of the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice within workshop model instruction.

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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

Tilting Classrooms Towards Love: Incorporating Social and Emotional Learning into our everyday practices

September 20, 2022

Lily Howard Scott joins Michelle Morris Jones on PEBC’s Phenomenal Teaching Podcast to discuss how a focus on social and emotional learning (SEL) isn’t simply a nice-to-have, a perk, but a need-to-have, a prerequisite for meaningful learning. How children feel in the classroom is inextricably linked to how they do in the classroom. Emotionally literate…

Using Diverse Texts to Build Understanding, Empathy & Joy with Gita Varadarajan

September 6, 2022

Gita Varadarajan joins Michelle Morris Jones on the Phenomenal Teaching Podcast to talk about the ways in which diverse texts allow students to develop empathy for others, explore challenging topics, find joy and deepen their comprehension skills. Gita brings years of classroom experience to spark conversation and  scaffold opportunities that guide students toward a variety…

Cultivating Confident & Engaged Writers Through Responsive Scaffolding with Crystal Hughes

August 16, 2022

Listen in as Crystal Hughes shares how she developed scaffolds to support her 8th graders shift from passive online learners to engaged historians and writers on PEBC’s Phenomenal Teaching Podcast with Michelle Morris Jones. When school began last year, Crystal’s students were quite reluctant to engage in writing, yet Crystal knew that her students were…

Supporting Students in Their Journeys of Healing with Marlee Bunch & Brittany Collins

August 2, 2022

Marlee Bunch and Brittany Collins join the Phenomenal Teaching Podcast to discuss the intersection of Grief-Responsive Teaching and Anti-Bias/Anti-Racist (ABAR) Teaching with Michelle Morris Jones. Developing our collective understanding of how to support students who have experienced trauma and loss increases our ability to develop classroom and school communities that support agency, equity and understanding…

PEBC Teacher Residency: Professionalizing & Energizing the Teaching Profession

July 21, 2022

How might we support vibrant, diverse, passionate individuals to become teachers? Listen in as John Kearney, Director of Recruitment and Alumni Engagement for the PEBC Teacher Residency Program, shares the ways in which a career teaching is more accessible than ever before, and recent graduates, Nicole Herrera & Char Brock share their stories of their…

Advocates… Fill Your Cups! with Dr. Kimberly Muñoz by Phenomenal Teaching with PEBC

July 12, 2022

We can’t give what we don’t have! Educators more often than not play the role of advocate on behalf of their students, and this work can be equally rewarding and exhausting. Listen in as Dr. Kimberly Muñoz and Michelle Morris Jones dive into the realities of equitable education advocacy and suggestions for sustainable advocacy. Dr….

Cultivating STEM Identity with Creative Problem Solving featuring Wendy Ward Hoffer

April 6, 2022

Our students are the problem solvers of the future! Unfortunately, by 3rd grade 50% of kids have already decided if they are confident STEM learners or not. Let’s disrupt this trend by creating learning experiences that shift mindsets from, “I don’t like…” or “I’ve never been very good at…” to productive and positive STEM identities…

Reimagining MTSS: Interventions That Honor All Students by Phenomenal Teaching with PEBC

March 11, 2022

Kids helping other kids get unstuck! After recognizing that the “old ways” weren’t working for kids or teachers, the leadership team at Cherokee Trail High School embarked on developing an MTSS structure that was more about meeting the needs of kids and less about being convenient for adults.  When asked, students reported that they wanted…

Museums as Fuel for Igniting Lifeworthy Inquiry, Engagement & Joy with Ellen Spangler

February 18, 2022

Striving to increase student engagement, wondering what community resources exist to bring content to life, needing time to recharge with art, science or history? Listen in as Ellen Spangler, Museum Educator and Consultant, shares all the ways in which museums, art centers, and nonprofit organizations can provide unique and engaging learning opportunities, high quality resources,…

Creating the Conditions of Learning To Foster Engagement & Growth In Times of Disruption with Dr. Brian Cambourne & Debra Crouch

January 25, 2022

  The “Conditions of Learning” work synergistically to support student engagement and understanding. But what happens when systems are stressed? What happens when deficit based language and practices start to creep into our work with children? What happens when teachers are not able to be responsive to the students before them? In this episode of…

LATEST POSTS

PEBC Receives First in Nation Pay for Success Financing that Supports Training More High-Quality Colorado Teachers

By PEBC | September 26, 2022

Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC), a Denver-based national education nonprofit, announced today that it has received commitments for more than $1.4 million in investments for a first-of-its-kind Pay for Success financing to scale its Teacher Residency program. The PEBC Teacher Residency trains high-quality, new teachers at a time when school districts are facing a…

PEBC Teacher Residency Recruiting Coloradans to Get Licensed as Teachers in 23-24 School Year

By PEBC | September 13, 2022

Program Participants Earn Up to $42,000 During One-Year Training Program Applications are now open for Public Education and Business Coalition’s (PEBC) Teacher Residency for the 23-24 school year. The Teacher Residency is a one-year program in which participants train to become teachers and earn a Colorado teacher license without requiring additional college coursework. The PEBC…

Assessment: Rubrics and Trackers

By Wendy Ward Hoffer | July 25, 2022

Written trackers can be useful in communicating success criteria to students as well as to invite learners to be agents in their own progress monitoring; they might be used for specific tasks or for unit- or yearlong targets. The table below is an example of a self-assessment, self-report tool. Elementary teachers designed it to promote…

Assessment: Additive Rubrics

By Wendy Ward Hoffer | July 19, 2022

An additive rubric is a tool for task design that scaffolds students’ success. Beginning in the first column, we can describe what we expect all students to do to get started, then build with more detail, rigor and complexity towards the right hand side of the page. In this way, the rubric can serve as…

Learning through Discourse

By Wendy Ward Hoffer | July 19, 2022

I met a special education teacher who shared a story about a boy with autism who had not spoken a word all year. Then one day she gave the group a uniquely challenging math problem. This boy figured it out before all his peers; everyone saw his solution and believed that it was correct, but…

Thinking Strategies: Readers’ Workshop

By Wendy Ward Hoffer | July 19, 2022

Into the Classroom: Mrs. Blake’s Fifth Grade Readers’ Workshop Mrs. Blake’s students have been fifth graders for seven days. This time of year is all about growing independence and learning the rituals and routines of readers’ workshop. But Mrs. Blake’s fifth graders are also knee-deep into an inquiry of how monitoring for meaning and envisioning…

Math Workshop

By Wendy Ward Hoffer | July 19, 2022

“When I switched to workshop model instruction, my students’ math achievement leapt up by 50 percent in a matter of months. I am not kidding. The principal was in my room asking, ‘What is it you are doing in here?’ And I told her, ‘I read this book, and now it’s all about the kids…

Community in the Classroom

By Wendy Ward Hoffer | July 19, 2022

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, or your extended family. For students, their learning community, the space in which and the people with whom they spend their learning time,…

What: Plan for Agency and Understanding 

By Wendy Ward Hoffer | July 19, 2022

Believe in the children, fight foolishness, and learn who our children are and the legacies they bring, education expert Lisa Delpit (2013) implores us in “Multiplication Is for White People.” The foolishness she is referring to is wasting teachers’ time keeping track of non-instructional tasks in regimented, teacher-proof curricula. As a result of this foolishness,…

PEBC Teaching Framework

By Wendy Ward Hoffer | July 18, 2022

PEBC’s Teaching Framework represents over three decades of research and practice in classrooms across the country in pursuit of teaching each and every student for agency and understanding. Reflective, humble, and striving teachers have led the way in pioneering the instructional approaches described here. It’s not magic, and it’s not secret: the strands of this…

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