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Framework is based on 30 years’ learning alongside teachers – the approaches are not new, and yet they are not outdated.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


Leadership Lunch Series: Culture & Context
Friday, May 12 & Friday, June 9

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

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Reading and Writing Connections in the Literacy Workshop with Ellin Keene and Dan Feigelson
June 14 - 15, 2023

Join us to discuss ways to enhance student engagement by integrating reading and writing. When teachers make these connections apparent, students comprehend more deeply, write more meaningfully, and develop individual identities as readers and writers in the world.

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BIPOC STEM Educators

BIPOC Educational STEM Thinkers = B.E.S.T. Conference
June 24 - 25, 2023

A two-day summer conference in Denver for BIPOC STEM educators from across Colorado and beyond to come together and name systemic changes needed for sustainability and retention of BIPOC STEM educators. We will create a sense of belonging, cultivate change and heal in order to best support our students and communities.

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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….


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…

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…

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