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PEBC supports teachers in all content areas, and at all levels to become the educators they aspire to be. Through professional learning institutes, lab classroom visits, on-site in-services and individual coaching, PEBC staff offer customized, contextualized professional learning targeting instructional best practices.

PEBC’s work focuses on student understanding.

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.

Recommended Professional Learning Approach

  • Learn new strategies by attending PEBC institutes
  • See strategies in action in PEBC lab classrooms
  • Implement new strategies with job-embedded coaching at your school

Learn New Strategies at Institutes

PLANNING FOR UNDERSTANDING

GRADUAL RELEASE OF RESPONSIBILITY

CLASSROOM DISCOURSE

WORKSHOP MODEL INSTRUCTION

THINKING STRATEGIES

ASSESSMENT

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.

See the Strategies in Action in PEBC Lab Classrooms

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.

How to visit a PEBC Lab Classroom

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

Visit a Lab Classroom

“…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

PEBC Lab Classroom Hosts

Patrick Allen
4th Grade Literacy
Frontier Valley Elementary | Douglas County School District
RheaLynn Anderson
7th Grade Social Studies
Skinner Middle School | Denver Public Schools
Val Beckler
3rd Grade Literacy
Bill Roberts K-8 School | Denver Public Schools
Ashley Bromstrup
3rd Grade Math/Science
Creativity Challenge Community School | Denver Public Schools
Veronica Carrejo
1st Grade Literacy
Centennial, A School for Expeditionary Learning | Denver Public Schools
Michelle DuMoulin
2nd Grade Math/Science
Slavens Elementary | Denver Public Schools
Jana Durbin
Kindergarten Literacy
Jeffco Open School | JeffCo Public Schools
Jennifer Engbretson
10th Grade Math/Science
North High School | Denver Public Schools
Joshua Feiger
7th-8th Grades Humanities
Centennial Middle School | Boulder Valley School Dist.
Lindsay Folker
4th Grade Literacy
Park Lane Elementary | Aurora Public Schools
Rachel Gardner
5th Grade Math/Science
STEM Launch K-8 | Adams 12 Five Star Schools
Carrie Halbasch
1st Grade Math, Science
Little Elementary School | JeffCo Public Schools
Gabrielle Hovinen
6th Grade Literacy
JeffCo Open School | JeffCo School District
Christine Jasmann
6th Grade Language Arts/Geography
Blevins Middle School | Poudre School District
Mary Korte
1st-3rd Grades Literacy
Jeffco Open School | JeffCo School District
Jennifer Kraus
7th Grade Building Coach
Blevins Middle School | Poudre School District
Elizabeth Lakin
9th -12th Grade English
North High School | Denver Public Schools
Jeffrey Lewis
3rd Grade Science
Bill Roberts Elementary School | Denver Public Schools
Deb Maruyama
8th Grade Math
Skinner Middle School | Denver Public Schools
Susan McIver
1st Grade Literacy
Little Elementary | JeffCo Public Schools
Ryan McKillop
9th Grade Social Studies
North High School | Denver Public Schools
Ana Mettler
1st-3rd Grades Literacy
Jeffco Open School | JeffCo Public Schools
Caitlin Moore
3rd Grade Math/Science
Bill Roberts Elementary School | Denver Public Schools
Jessica Nenni Piwko
7th Grade Math
Skinner Middle School | Denver Public Schools
Andrea Overton
5th Grade Math/Science
STEM Launch K-8 | Adams 12 Five Star Schools
Rachel Rosenberg
5th Grade Math, Science
Hallett Elementary | Denver Public Schools
Jamie Salturelli
4th Grade Literacy
Bill Roberts K-8 School | Denver Public Schools
Allison Sampish
Kindergarten Literacy
Fall River Elementary | St. Vrain School District
Kathy Sampson
7th-8th Grade Math
Preston Middle School | Poudre School District
Tracey Shaw
9th-11th Grades Math
Smoky Hill High School | Cherry Creek Schools
Erika Shenck
9th-12th Science
North High School | Denver Public Schools
Tami Thompson
5th Grade Math/Science
Van Arsdale Elementary | Jefferson County Public Schools
Shannon Umberger
3rd Grade Math/Science
Bill Roberts Elementary School | Denver Public Schools

Not sure what would be the best fit? Just need more information?

Contact Craig DeLeone at 303-861-8661 or [email protected]

Implement the Strategies at your School with PEBC

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.

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