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PEBC believes that every child deserves a great educator—and we work in Colorado and across the nation to prepare outstanding new teachers; help practicing educators become exceptional; and shape policies that foster vibrant growth and lasting student success.


PEBC’s origins date back to 1983 and the release of the Nation At Risk report by The National Commission on Excellence in Education. The Commission believed that the public education system was failing to meet the national need for a competitive workforce. With funding from the Ford Foundation, several communities created local education funds to concentrate efforts on quality teaching initiatives.

PEBC has worked with more than 17,000 principals and teachers in K-12 education, impacting over 1,000 schools, and one million students.

Initially PEBC’s focus was on supporting teachers with literacy and reading comprehension instructional practices. In 1997 PEBC staff published the ground-breaking book Mosaic of Thought: Teaching Comprehension in a Reader’s Workshop which drew thousands of teachers to Denver wanting to work with and observe PEBC staff applying literacy best practices in their own classrooms. The organization expanded its efforts to coach teachers nationally, and created its highly-respected PEBC Lab Classrooms. In 2004 PEBC expanded its focus to include professional learning in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) instructional best practices and launched the PEBC Teacher Residency teacher preparation program (formerly the Boettcher Teacher Residency).

Today, PEBC has grown into an organization with an unrivaled reputation for its professional development model, its publications, and the expertise of its staff.

PEBC is headquartered in Denver, CO, and works both locally and nationally. Its Board is comprised of both business executives and school superintendents.

Our Principles

We develop great educators

We elevate the teaching profession

We improve student growth and success

We influence and empower systems change

We are recognized as a leader in the education profession

We operate with a financially sustainable business model



Professional Learning

PEBC staff developers work extensively in individual schools, supporting educators as they implement research-based best practices in their classrooms. They coach principals and school-based leadership teams to guide the professional development of their educators and develop their school or district into a “learning organization.” PEBC’s professional learning work is characterized as: asset-based, customized, site-based, and demonstration-based.

Residency-Based Teacher Preparation

The PEBC Teacher Residency program, launched in 2004 as the Boettcher Teacher Program, was one of the first of three in the nation to focus on a residency model to develop teachers for high-needs schools and districts. The program boasts a teacher retention rate of 95% after five years; and statistically significant increases in student achievement data demonstrate the validity of this model in growing a highly effective teacher workforce for our highest needs schools.


For nearly thirty years PEBC has been at the forefront of collaborating on, creating and sharing the latest thinking on best instructional practices. PEBC’s professional development model is nationally recognized for building the capacity of educators in schools and growing and maintaining quality instruction in the classroom. This work has generated numerous books, written by past and present PEBC staff, which highlight strategies that support great teaching.

Wendy Ward Hoffer, MA

Education Sr. Director of Content

Wendy Ward Hoffer is the author of Cultivating STEM Identities, Developing Literate Mathematicians: A Guide for Integrating Language and Literacy Instruction into Secondary Mathematics, Minds on Mathematics: Using Math Workshop to Develop Understanding in Grades 4-8 and Science as Thinking: The Constants and Variable of Inquiry Work. Wendy works with teachers, schools and districts locally and nationally to promote deep thinking in math and science.

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She is the creator and facilitator of several PEBC professional development institutes including: Minds on Math Institute, Science Institute, STEM Identity Institute and Foundations of Numeracy. Wendy received an MA in Science Education from Stanford University and earned National Board Certification while teaching middle school math and science.

Patrick Allen, MA

Lab Classroom Host and National Consultant

Patrick Allen is the author of Conferring: The Keystone of Readers’ Workshop and the co-author of Put Thinking to the Test. He is intrigued by the process learners go through as they become thinkers. “I love helping children develop their passions.”

He currently teaches fourth grade at Frontier Valley Elementary School in Parker, CO where he opens his classroom for observation as a PEBC Lab Classroom Host. ”I am always trying to hone my craft and welcome the challenges that professional inquiry brings to my learning and the classroom.” Patrick received his bachelor’s degree in communications disorders and his graduate certification in elementary education from the University of Northern Colorado. He received his master’s degree in curriculum, instruction, and pedagogy with a mathematics and science emphasis from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Ellin Oliver Keene, MA

Senior Consultant, Professional Learning

Ellin Oliver Keene is author of Talk About Understanding: Rethinking Classroom Talk to Enhance Understanding, To Understand: New Horizons in Reading Comprehension, co-author of Comprehension Going Forward and of Mosaic of Thought: The Power of Comprehension Strategy Instruction.

Ellin has been a classroom teacher, staff developer, non-profit director and adjunct professor of reading and writing. In addition to her role as Director of Research and Development for PEBC, she works with schools and districts throughout the country and abroad.

Stevi Quate, PhD

National Consultant

Stevi Quate is the author of The Just-Right Challenge and Clock Watchers (both coauthored with John McDermott).

As PEBC staff developer, Stevi sees daily the unrelenting pressure teachers face to boost student performance—and that the ability to catch students’ interest and hold it is essential to raising achievement. Stevi has also been a middle and high school teacher, co-director of the Colorado Writing Project, President of the Colorado affiliates of NCTE and IRA, and state literacy coordinator for the Colorado Department of Education.

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