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Rock Star Alumna Instills a Sense of Curiosity in Students

By PEBC / May 12, 2021

Wrangling rock stars in the music industry requires the same skill set as teaching a roomful of third graders.  Maybe that’s why the transition was an easy one for me. When I attended college, I did so with an intense love of learning.  I was the first in my family […]

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PEBC stands with those calling for action against racism

By PEBC / June 1, 2020

We are grieving. George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Our hearts are also with the countless others who have been impacted and devastated by racism, hate, bias, and/or violence. The call for action cannot continue to go unanswered. We must activate to counter the forces that habitually marginalize communities of […]

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“PEBC has been a consistent, vital tool”

By PEBC / May 4, 2020

Nicole Johnston always wanted to be a teacher. In fact, in high school, she chose to work at the on-campus pre-school and took pre-education classes that provided her with hands-on experience at the local elementary school. A true love of teaching was ignited and nurtured at a young age, and […]

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PEBC Teaching Framework

By PEBC / April 27, 2020

We miss you and our work in schools and hope everyone is keeping safe and taking good care. This blog entry is excerpted from Wendy Ward Hoffer’s newest book, Phenomenal Teaching, just out from Heinemann. It is essentially a professional development workshop in a book, which might be a fun […]

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Work done at the beginning of the year is paying off now

By PEBC / April 23, 2020

As the education community in Colorado has responded and adapted to the rapid changes necessitated by physical distancing in COVID-19 response, I went out looking for stories and examples of how our network of partner school districts are adapting to virtual learning, and how PEBC Residency participants have played a […]

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“How in the world are we gonna do this?” Rural districts adapt to distance learning

By PEBC / April 15, 2020

As the education community in Colorado has responded and adapted to the rapid changes necessitated by physical distancing in COVID-19 response, I went out looking for stories and examples of how our network of partner school districts are adapting to virtual learning, and how PEBC Residency participants have played a […]

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Listening, Responding, Listening, and Beginning to Understand

By PEBC / April 8, 2020

Recently, we were asked “How do you know whether (or not) your students are understanding?” This was, of course, an accountability question. Fair enough. If my “end-of-unit test” shows that my students do not yet understand place value, I will know to re-teach the concept. There are many discrete skills […]

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Online Learning? No Thanks.

By PEBC / April 1, 2020

As a 5th grade STEM teacher, I am comfortable with technology. My students complete assignments in google classrooms and I have one created for each content area. I am familiar with G suite tools, and several online instructional tools. So I felt prepared when my school district transitioned to online […]

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Seamless

By PEBC / March 30, 2020

Susan Chapla wholeheartedly believes in kids, families, teachers, and schools with every fiber of her being.  She is also a straight shooter and as straightforward as anyone you will ever meet!  Susan is the principal of Van Arsdale Elementary in Jefferson County, Colorado. Van Arsdale is a PEBC project school […]

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Wondering: Finding Positivity in a Time of Unanswerable Questions

By PEBC / March 26, 2020

A typical day in the life of a teacher is carefully planned for, yet somewhat unpredictable. Each day there is wonder and anticipation… Wonder about each students’ agency and engagement? Wonder about how students will solve problems and take action? Wonder if students will be excited to learn? Today is […]

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Students working on math together

Math Workshop & Remote Learning

By PEBC / March 25, 2020

PEBC Staff Developer Laurie Wretling describes how teachers Shannon Arnold & Laurie Dalesio from Governor’s Ranch Elementary in Jefferson County are employing math workshop in their distance learning. “Lane’s family has a lot of toilet paper!”  My daughter laughed as she began her math Workshop for the day.  Quickly she […]

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Sustaining Classroom Community amidst Uncertainty

By PEBC / March 23, 2020

As we move from our classrooms into remote learning options for the next month, I am left with feelings of anxiety. What is this going to look like? What about our students who don’t have access to food, let alone technology at home? We do not have all the answers, […]

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Tech Tools That Make an Impact!

By PEBC / March 6, 2020

In this time of COVID-19, teachers across the nation have quickly become experts at running class in virtual settings, seeking to maintain quality instruction in this new environment. Whether working synchronously or asynchronously, teachers are heroes, continuously striving to instill a love of learning in a now-different way. At the […]

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Teacher says PEBC saved her career

By PEBC / February 5, 2020

Keri Gordon’s first teacher training experience occurred early in her life when she was an elementary school student playing school with her cousins. She always played the teacher with her cousins, who were her sometimes willing and often excited students. “From the very beginning, teaching felt like the right path […]

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2019 Colorado Legislative Session Update

By PEBC / January 14, 2020

PEBC supports SB19-010 Professional Behavioral Health Services For Schools. The bill allows grant money to be used for behavioral health care services at recipient schools and specifies that grants may also fund behavioral health services contracts with community providers. Sen. R. Fields, Rep. B. McLachlan, and Rep. D. Valdez are the prime […]

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