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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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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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Gifts Galore

By PEBC / December 23, 2019

A week ago, hosting book club at my house, I decided to deviate from the usual rituals and routines as we embarked on the Christmas season. As host, it’s our job to provide books from which to choose for our next selection. Great! Rounding up a stack of books is […]

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Shift Your Thinking and Brighten Your Life

By PEBC / December 19, 2019

By Tracy Wagers, Field Coach, Urban Residency We’re tired.  Our to-do lists are long and somehow, getting longer.  If you live or work with kids, chances are someone near you is either currently sick, recovering from being sick, or just coughed loudly and wiped their nose on their sleeve.   […]

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Creating Classrooms Worthy of Students & Filling the Teacher Shortage

By PEBC / December 19, 2019

Professional Learning This year, the Professional Learning team expanded their work nationally and refined their process to meet the needs of all of the schools and districts they work with across the nation. Our spring Thinking Strategies Institute was the most attended PEBC institute ever, bringing educators from across the […]

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The Writing Workshop in Elementary Classrooms

By PEBC / December 9, 2019

Stevie Townsend, PhD “How many of you have made bread? Or, tasted homemade bread?” Five of my twenty seven new fourth graders raised their hands. “Well, get ready,” I explained. “Today we’ll begin making bread!” This is how I launched writing workshop each year in my elementary classroom. I introduced […]

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Grateful for Family… and Colleagues

By PEBC / November 26, 2019

By Senior Staff Developer Nancy Meredith Amidst the wonderful aromas of roasting turkey, dressing, and the ‘family’ scalloped corn (a Midwest favorite), amidst tripping over each other in the kitchen, amidst the calling of “Grandma” while building cities of magnatiles and Legos, amidst the creation of chalk paintings on the […]

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What are you thankful for this year?

By PEBC / November 21, 2019

As we enter into the holiday season, there are many things to be thankful for. Here at PEBC, we’re thankful for all of the educators with whom we work across the country and for other partners, individuals and organizations working on behalf of children and educators—not to mention the hard […]

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