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Boettcher Teacher Residency Spotlight

By PEBC / December 4, 2017

Resident Name: Michelle LaPaz Mentor Name: Chrisie Gray School Name/District: Kemper Elementary School, Cortez School District Re-1 Boettcher Teacher Residency teacher of record, Michelle La Paz, grew up in a village in South Central New Mexico named la Luz, which means “The Light.” La Luz is a very small community […]

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PEBC featured on CBS Denver

By PEBC / December 4, 2017

DENVER (CBS4)– A new study lays out a blueprint for solving Colorado’s teacher shortage, but voters may still have to decide if they’re willing to solve it. The study, published last week, suggests a new marketing campaign to change the perception of teaching, retaining current teachers, attracting new talent, and […]

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PEBC in The Denver Post and Denver Business Journal

By PEBC / December 1, 2017

Katie Wood, The Denver Post Teacher Mandy Rees talks to her middle school students at Bruce Randolph School on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Students from the school tweeted messages to U.S. President Donald Trump about how their friends and families make America great. Starting teacher-cadet programs at local schools, forgiving […]

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PEBC featured in Chalkbeat Colorado

By PEBC / December 1, 2017

Stephanie Wujek teaches science at Wiggins Middle School , on April 5, 2017 in Wiggins, Colorado. Rural areas are having a hard time finding teachers in areas like math and science. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post) To combat a shortage of teachers in Colorado, state education officials on Friday […]

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Why General Literacy Matters: Part Two

By PEBC / November 27, 2017

The following is an adapted excerpt from the book Developing Literate Mathematicians: A Guide for Integrating Language and Literacy Instruction into Secondary Mathematics, written by PEBC’s Wendy Ward Hoffer. The first part of this entry can be read by clicking this link. How can it be possible that in a […]

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Why General Literacy Matters: Part One

By PEBC / November 16, 2017

The following is an adapted excerpt from the book Developing Literate Mathematicians: A Guide for Integrating Language and Literacy Instruction into Secondary Mathematics, written by PEBC’s Wendy Ward Hoffer. **Click here to read part two of this series.** As a mathematician, let the following statistics propel you to take up […]

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Encourage and Promote Student Thinking

By PEBC / November 13, 2017

I often think back to the Great American Eclipse of 2017—what an exciting event! This was the first time in 99 years that a total solar eclipse crossed the contiguous United States. Most of us adults realize the significance of this scientific phenomenon—however, to elementary students this was not only […]

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An Interview with Katy Anderson, Colorado Teacher of the Year Finalist

By PEBC / November 3, 2017

This year, Katy Anderson, a Stanley Teacher Prep alumna, was a finalist for Colorado Teacher of the Year. Below we catch up with Katy and talk about her teaching experience to date. Name: Katy Anderson Residency Year: 2012-2013 Residency Year School/District: Fall 2012 Eagleton Elementary (Mentor: Emily Fenske); Spring 2013 Stanley […]

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Tips for Connecting with Families

By PEBC / October 18, 2017

When I look back on all of my years in the classroom the thing I remember most is to never underestimate the power of pizza. I had been teaching for six years and was feeling more comfortable with classroom management and teaching content—thus, I was looking for a new way […]

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Sustaining Student Engagement: Moving from Teacher-Centered to Student-Centered Classrooms

By PEBC / October 4, 2017

Three teachers. Three stories. Many invitations. In the heart of the San Luis Valley, Center School District teachers—Jan, Linda, and Kindra—discussed moving from a teacher-centered to a student-centered classroom in hopes of achieving a higher level of student engagement. Their stories captured my heart throughout the year as we explored […]

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Launching Readers’ Workshop

By PEBC / September 19, 2017

You’ve decided this is the year to create a readers’ workshop where all learners can flourish and develop into their truest reading selves.  You’ve studied the research about providing long blocks of time to read.  You’ve filled your classroom library with texts that reflects who your students are and what […]

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Setting the Stage for Successful Group Work

By PEBC / September 13, 2017

How do we set the stage for group work? Too often, we assume that our students come to us knowing how to work in groups, so we simply place them into groups and provide them with an assignment to complete together. And then we wonder why it doesn’t work. Collaborative […]

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Using Children’s Books to Build Classroom Community

By PEBC / September 13, 2017

“Remember, when you treat others with love and kindness, you are doing the right thing.” Courage, kindness, empathy, problem solving, risk taking—the list goes on of all the characteristics we want our students to embrace through the school year. So how do we build a culture that fosters these characteristics? […]

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Boettcher Teacher Residency: Resident and Alumni Spotlight

By PEBC / September 7, 2017

In order to showcase the diverse talent and experiences of Boettcher Teacher Residents and Alumni statewide and provide a glimpse into the residency experience, we are proud to start a new monthly series spotlighting an alumni and resident each month. Resident: Autumn Wright Mentor: Danielle Gibbs School: Monte Vista Middle […]

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Engaging Secondary Students through Community

By PEBC / September 6, 2017

New school year, new student mindset School wasn’t Carlos’ thing but he promised himself that this year he’d do better: he’d really listen, get his work done on time, stop ditching. As he walked into first period of his 9th grade year, he looked for a seat near the back […]

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