PEBC offers professional learning around comprehension strategies, and in the past decade expanded to address what rigorous thinking and problem solving look like in every grade and every subject. Informed by research, policy and actual classroom experience, PEBC continuously refines its professional learning offerings to meet the demands of new standards and initiatives.
Offered annually, both in Denver and by request at schools and districts across the country, PEBC’s two and four day Institutes invite educators to both experience and dissect time-tested instructional staples as they apply in specific disciplines: reading, writing, math, science, social studies, as well as across all content areas.
In addition to these resources to expand educators’ understanding of effective pedagogy, PEBC also offers training targeting effective teacher leadership and instructional coaching: effective mentoring, cognitive coaching, and leadership seminars.
Over three decades, PEBC has cultivated a network of reflective PEBC Lab Classroom Host teachers who regularly welcome colleagues into their classrooms to learn alongside them. Facilitated lab visits are a key opportunity for teachers to see PEBC’s instructional staples in action, and then to consider and commit to the ways in which those could be transferred back, in authentic ways, to one’s own teaching.
Attend a PEBC course or institute and add on the lab day
Schedule a PEBC Lab Classroom visit for a group of 8-10 teachers to have a facilitated observation
Create a customized professional learning approach with PEBC that includes institutes, lab classrooms and on-site instructional coaching
Attend Thinking Strategies Institute
“…we learn about teaching strategies, and we feel like, ‘this is great, but I don’t know what this means or I don’t know how it works or what it looks like’. In the lab classrooms you can see and talk to the teachers that do what you want to do.”
– Ryan, High School Teacher
After getting a taste of PEBC’s engaging and asset-based professional learning through institutes and lab visits, many teachers, schools and districts choose to engage in long-term contracts with PEBC and to develop a series of professional learning offerings at their own school(s).
Each contract includes a customized mix of traveling institutes, on site trainings, facilitation of department staff, or cohort study groups, and individual teacher coaching. Staffed by a team of experienced educators trained in cognitive coaching, each project is unique to the school’s needs and goals yet built around PEBC’s core mission of creating schools and systems where students and educators grow and learn together.