Problem Solvers & Makers of Meaning


Teacher Preparation

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Framework is based on 30 years’ learning alongside teachers – the approaches are not new, and yet they are not outdated.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


Distance Learning 

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


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.


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

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 we can take to mitigate the negative effects of managing this challenging time. Tending to human connections, creating a self-care plan that is manageable, making the best decisions with the information we have, recognizing our locus of control, and prioritization of content and routines are all great strategies for teachers to maintain wellness; however, they are not always easy to implement. Listen in as Andra talks us through ways to slow down, make a plan, wrangle the beast of curriculum overload, and take care of ourselves so we have the energy to be our best selves professionally and personally. 

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