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Framework is based on 30 years’ learning alongside teachers – the approaches are not new, and yet they are not outdated.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

Our team members share some of their favorite distance learning resources to help you during this challenging time.

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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 POSTS

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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Same Beliefs – New Format

By Jennifer Brauner | July 22, 2020

We had two weeks from the time school closed to the re-opening fully online. Over those two weeks, several questions about learning and my students swam in my head: How will we all stay connected? How can I keep engagement going – socially, cognitively, and emotionally? What supports do students need to learn new apps; …

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Keystone Policy Center, PEBC Announce Initiative to Increase Education System Resiliency

By Kim McGrigg | July 21, 2020

Keystone Policy Center (KPC) and the Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC) announced Monday the launch of the Education System Resiliency and Innovation Initiative (ESRII). The initiative assembles education system leaders, educators, government officials, and stakeholders from within and outside the education system to develop new approaches that will improve support for the teaching workforce, …

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Riding the Wave: Managing Uncertainty Personally and Professionally

By Tracy Wagers | July 10, 2020

Now is a time when I’m grateful I’ve talked to my kids about mixed feelings. They like being home with me, but miss their friends. They are relishing our nature walks, but missing swimming. You’re probably experiencing similar complexities. We’re all navigating an extraordinary range of emotions, often several at once, many of them feelings …

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Effective Remote Teaching

By Wendy Ward Hoffer | May 27, 2020

What a spring! We have worked alongside so many teachers responding and adjusting and revising our remote teaching in an effort to meet learners’ needs this spring. The first thing I want to say is, “Wow! You are amazing!” In these past few months, you showed the world that you are solid gold. As a …

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“PEBC has been a consistent, vital tool”

By PEBC | May 4, 2020

Nicole Johnston always wanted to be a teacher. In fact, in high school, she chose to work at the on-campus pre-school and took pre-education classes that provided her with hands-on experience at the local elementary school. A true love of teaching was ignited and nurtured at a young age, and Nicole was determined to realize …

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PEBC Teaching Framework

By PEBC | April 27, 2020

We miss you and our work in schools and hope everyone is keeping safe and taking good care. This blog entry is excerpted from Wendy Ward Hoffer’s newest book, Phenomenal Teaching, just out from Heinemann. It is essentially a professional development workshop in a book, which might be a fun tether to ordinary life in …

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Work done at the beginning of the year is paying off now

By PEBC | April 23, 2020

As the education community in Colorado has responded and adapted to the rapid changes necessitated by physical distancing in COVID-19 response, I went out looking for stories and examples of how our network of partner school districts are adapting to virtual learning, and how PEBC Residency participants have played a part in helping communities come …

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Virtual Mini-Lessons Foster Community

By Laurie Wretling | April 20, 2020

“Hi Writers! I am so excited to get to write with you today. I wish I could see you in person, but I am so excited to get those words out of you.” So begins lab host (and staff developer), Kirsten Meyers Blake’s introduction to her fifth graders’ writer’s workshop for the day. Kirsten believes …

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“How in the world are we gonna do this?” Rural districts adapt to distance learning

By PEBC | April 15, 2020

As the education community in Colorado has responded and adapted to the rapid changes necessitated by physical distancing in COVID-19 response, I went out looking for stories and examples of how our network of partner school districts are adapting to virtual learning, and how PEBC Residency participants have played a part in helping communities come …

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LATEST PODCAST

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

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, yet there are steps we can take to care for ourselves, others and our environment.  Asking questions like, "How are you doing?" and "What do you need?" are great ways to foster self-care and communication.  In addition, tapping into what we know about establishing strong classroom communities still applies as we venture into virtual, hybrid, and socially distancing learning environments.  Creating strong relationships, developing solid routines, and planning relevant tasks allow schools to tend to the social and emotional AND academic needs of our students at this time.  This episode links directly to the Community strand of the PEBC Teaching Framework.  Dr. Andra Brill is an independent education consultant who strives to elevate the necessity of social and emotional learning, equitable literacy practices for all students, and culturally responsive leadership.  Andra works with teachers, schools and leaders to develop instructional practices that foster social and emotional well being AND academic success.  Check out her latest blog to learn more about Andra and her work. 

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