Teacher Preparation

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


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.



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Framework is based on 30 years’ learning alongside teachers – the approaches are not new, and yet they are not outdated.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


PEBC’s Leadership Lunch Series: Culture and Context of Leadership
Monthly Recurring Series | 2023-2024

Gather with education leaders for networking and an insightful discussion on the culture and context of leadership.

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Critical Practices in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education
Open for Registration

What do teachers need to believe, know, and be able to do to foster agency, understanding, and equity for culturally and linguistically diverse learners?

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Effective Mentoring & Coaching Institute (Virtual Evenings 2023)
Virtual: Wednesday Evenings in October - October 4, 11, 18, & 25

In this institute you will learn a collaborative and inquiry-based approach to professional communication which focuses on supporting colleagues’ thinking around planning, reflecting and problem-solving.

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New and Notable


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.


Online Courses

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


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.


Reading & Writing Connections in the Literacy Studio with Ellin O. Keene & Dan Feigelson

February 23, 2023

 How might we integrate whole class lessons, small group work, and individual conferences to support students’ growth as readers and writers? Listen in as literacy leaders, Ellin O. Keene and Dan Feigelson, join the Phenomenal Teaching Podcast to discuss ways to enhance student engagement and agency by integrating reading and writing. When teachers make…

Unlearning the H.U.S.H. with Dr. Marlee Bunch & Brittany Collins

January 13, 2023

Listen in as Dr. Marlee Bunch and Brittany Collins join PEBC’s Phenomenal Teaching Podcast with Michelle Morris Jones to discuss planning for anti-bias/anti-racist (ABAR) and social and emotional learning (SEL) pedagogy. Both Marlee and Brittany value the importance of telling and understanding one’s own story as well as the stories of others.  Oftentimes the stories of history…

Grow the Good via Asset-Based Responses with Julie Wright

November 21, 2022

What happens when we focus on assets rather than deficits? Listen in as Julie Wright shares strategies for “growing the good” with Michelle Morris Jones on PEBC’s Phenomenal Teaching Podcast.  Identifying and leveraging student and teacher assets allows us to, “Size-up what students can do and use that to lift their learning.”  This episode of…

Cultivating Spaces That Promote Agency, Equity & Connection with Nicole Tucker-Smith

October 14, 2022

  Nicole Tucker-Smith joins Michelle Morris Jones on PEBC’s  Phenomenal Teaching Podcast to share ways teachers and school leaders can cultivate spaces that promote agency, equity and connection for all learners.  Nicole encourages us to confront how and why school spaces encourage assimilation, compliance, and conformity and to envision how we might transform our classroom…

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….


Overview of the PEBC Teaching Framework

By Wendy Ward Hoffer | September 27, 2023

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…

Launching a Successful Year of Coaching and Mentoring: 7 Proven Strategies for Instructional Coaches

By Michelle Morris Jones | August 26, 2023

As the school year begins, Instructional Coaches everywhere are serving teachers in a variety of ways. I was curious as to the coaching moves that my coaching colleagues lean into as the school year begins so I surveyed a handful of coaches from across the country and dug into some of my favorite resources.  Here…

Continuity from the Classroom to the Staffroom

By PEBC | July 24, 2023

  Education Director, Scott Murphy Leading with Intention How often have you been involved in leadership training where you went through PowerPoint slide after slide listening to the hum of one person’s voice explaining the virtues of collaborative learning? When have we, ourselves, been guilty of providing professional development on the practices of reflection and…

Confluence PSG & PEBC Launch School Safety Initiative

By PEBC | March 30, 2023

Policy & Education Organizations to Convene Statewide Stakeholder Group In response to an outpouring of interest and calls for collaboration, Confluence Policy & Strategy Group (Confluence PSG) and the Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC) are launching the Colorado Safer Schools Initiative (CSSI). The stakeholder coalition and research initiative will bring together system leaders, educators,…

New legislation to boost math achievement and support for Colorado students

By Wendy Ward Hoffer | March 24, 2023

Colorado students who have been struggling with math the past few years may see some additional support in future years, thanks to recently introduced legislation: HB23-1231 – Math in Pre-Kindergarten Through Twelfth Grade. The bipartisan legislation seeks to reverse a trend in declining math scores since 2020, and is designed to boost math achievement by…

Why get licensed to teach ECE?

By Teacher Preparation Team | February 23, 2023

Early Childhood Education (ECE) is a child’s first exposure to the classroom and a critical foundation to develop a love of learning. Children who enter kindergarten behind are likely to remain behind as they continue their schooling. All that to say – ECE is an essential building block for our children, our communities and our…

How Businesses Can Help Stop the Teacher Shortage

By PEBC | February 20, 2023

The teacher shortage in Colorado has reached crisis levels – but there is hope, especially with the support of Colorado’s outstanding business community. The teacher shortage affects the entire Colorado economy, even for those who work outside of education or don’t have children in school. Fewer teachers means fewer opportunities for students to learn critical…

PEBC’s Legislative Priorities in 2023

By Policy Team | January 9, 2023

Colorado’s state legislature is back in session! Our legislature is in session from January 9 to May 8 this year – and there is a lot of work to do in the next 120 days. Local, state, and national leaders trust PEBC to inform the development of sound education policy that profoundly impacts success for…

Colorado Early Childhood Education (ECE) Workforce Coalition Releases Recommendations to Improve Recruitment, Support and Retention of Colorado’s ECE educators

By PEBC | December 15, 2022

Improving pay and professionalizing careers in early childhood education – including providing clear paths for career growth and professional development – are key to hiring and retaining ECE teachers, according to recommendations released today from the Colorado Early Childhood Education Workforce Coalition. Earlier this year, the Colorado Legislature passed a bill that created universal preschool…

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…

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