About - PEBC

About PEBC

PEBC believes that each and every child deserves a great educator.

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.

Our Mission: To cultivate educators worthy of each and every learner

Teachers providing instruction to a group of students
STEM Hoffer-1885

Our Story

PEBC strives to create schools and systems worthy of our children. Forged in Denver in 1983, the Public Education & Business Coalition represents a convergence of stakeholders keen to uplift learning opportunities for each and every student. Today, PEBC collaborates with teachers, schools and districts nationwide catalyzing high quality instruction.

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.

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, by Ellin Oliver Keene and Susan Zimmermann, 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 which merged with Stanley Teacher Prep in 2015).

Today, PEBC has grown into an organization with an unrivaled reputation for its professional development model, its publications, and the expertise of its staff. In 2020, PEBC staff published their Teaching Framework through the book Phenomenal Teaching.

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

To think inclusively and to think for one’s self is very difficult… Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal and the facts from the fiction.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Our Impact: 2022/23




Teachers Served


Districts Served


Students Impacted


PEBC Teacher Residents identify as teachers of color


Residency Partner Schools that receive Title 1 Funding

Our Core Values

human dignity and belonging

We value cultivating human dignity and a sense of belonging through our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

impactful relationships

We value fostering and nurturing relationships to optimize impact.

responsiveness and adaptability

We value the ability to listen and learn in order to respond and adapt to the needs of educators.

robust talent development

We value developing and enhancing individual and collective talent to sustain and retain PEBC staff.

sustainability and stewardship

We value financial growth and responsible planning and management of resources to further the achievement of our mission.

Our Strategic Partners

PEBC has unprecedented support from partners who believe in a bright future for brilliant educators. We would like to recognize those partners, friends, and sponsors who support our work and join us to assure that brilliant educators can have bright futures so that every child has access to an excellent educator and exceptional education.

Adams 12 Five Star Schools


African Leadership Group

Arizona State University, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Next Education Workforce Initiative

Alpine Bank

Aurora Public Schools


Boettcher Foundation

Bright Futures/Strong Start - San Miguel County

Buell Foundation

Cherry Creek School District

Charter School Institute

Clayton Early Learning

Confluence Policy and Strategy Group

Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB)

Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE)

Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children (COAEYC)

Colorado Center for Rural Education

Colorado Children's Campaign 

Colorado Council International Reading Association (CCIRA)

Colorado Department of Education (CDE)

Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE)

Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS)

Colorado Education Association (CEA)

Colorado Education Initiative (CEI)

Colorado Early Childhood Education Association

Colorado League of Charter Schools

Colorado Rural Alliance

Colorado State University - Global Campus

Colorado Workforce Development Council

Comcast Corporation

Council for a Strong America


Denver Early Childhood Council

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Denver Preschool Program

Durango School District

Eagle School District

Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance (ECCLA)

Early Childhood Council of La Plata County

Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County (ECPAC)

Early Childhood Service Corps

Early Childhood Options

Early Connections Learning Centers

Early Learning Ventures

Early Milestones

The Efshar Project

Elizabeth School District

Empowering Communities Globally (ECG)


Executives Partnering to Invest in Children (EPIC)


FlyteCO Brewing

FlyteCO Tower

Fort Lewis College

Guild Education

Great Education Colorado

Harrison School District

Impact Charitable

Jeffco Public Schools

Joint Initiatives for Youth & Families

JP Morgan Chase Foundation

Kaiser Permanente Community Health Fund at The Denver Foundation

Kaiser Permanente - Institute for Health Research

Keystone Policy Center

Latinas First Foundation

Lutheran Family Services - Rocky Mountains

Metro Caring

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Montezuma-Cortez School District

National Center for Teacher Residencies

National Center for Teacher Residencies - Black Educator Initiative

Northern Trust

Partners in Evaluation & Research (PiER) Center

PEAK Resources, Inc.

Platte Valley School District



Rose Community Foundation

Rural Education Collaborative/Generation Schools Network

San Juan BOCES

Save The Children - Colorado

Serve Colorado (AmeriCorps)

Social Impact Solutions

South Central BOCES

Spring Institute

TEACH Colorado


Teach Plus

The ABIDI Donor-Advised Fund at The Denver Foundation

The Margulf Foundation 

The Patterson Family Fund

The Village Institute

University of Colorado Denver

University of Denver

University of Northern Colorado

Village Institute

Weilzan Fund

Western State Colorado University

Westerra Credit Union

Widefield School District

The Women’s Foundation of Colorado

Woodland Park School District

Xcel Energy

Xorax Foundation

Youth on Record 

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