PEBC believes that 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 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.

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.

Guiding 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 pedagogy focuses on developing agency and understanding for each and every learner. PEBC inspires teacher growth through asset-focused, customized, site-centered, and demonstration-based professional learning. Our offerings include one-, two- and four-day educator learning institutes in Denver, lab classroom visits, as well as long term client-engagement that includes:

  • customize professional development plan linked to your goals
  • develop and present on-site inservices targeting your needs
  • demonstrate lessons and facilitate peer learning labs
  • coach individuals and teams to support ongoing growth

Residency-Based Teacher Preparation

The PEBC Teacher Residency program, launched in 2004 as the Boettcher Teachers’ Program, boasts a teacher retention rate of 95% after five years and statistically significant increases in student achievement in the classrooms of PEBC Residents. Hosted in over a dozen districts in urban and rural Colorado, our Residency prepares qualified teachers for high needs contexts, ready to serve learners of diverse backgrounds.


Since 1983, PEBC continues to be at the forefront, studying, developing and sharing effective instructional practices. PEBC’s professional development colleagues, past and present, are the authors of over thirty books on effective pedagogy.

Wendy Ward Hoffer, MA

Senior Director of Content Development and Publications

Wendy Ward Hoffer is the author of Phenomenal Teaching: Igniting Agency and Understanding for Each and Every Learner, Cultivating STEM Identities: Strengthening Student and teacher Mindsets in Math and Science, 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 Teaching. Wendy works with teachers, schools and districts locally and nationally to promote deep thinking in math and science.

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 Engaging Children: Igniting a Drive for Deeper Learning, Talk About Understanding: Rethinking Classroom Talk to Enhance Comprehension, To Understand: New Horizons in Reading Comprehension, Comprehension Going Forward: Where We Are and What’s Next, and 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: 9 Strategies to Ensure Adolescents Don’t Drop Out of the Game and Clock Watchers: Six Steps to Motivating and Engaging Disengaged Students Across Content Areas (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.