Elevating The Teaching Profession


Teacher Preparation

PEBC’s Teacher Residency program prepares college graduates to embark on exceptional teaching careers through an experiential licensure program.


Professional Development

PEBC supports teachers in all content areas and at all levels to become the educators they aspire to be. PEBC staff offer customized, contextualized professional learning targeting teaching for understanding.



Local, state, and national leaders trust PEBC to inform the development of sound education policy that lays the groundwork for impacts success for students and teachers alike.

Who we are

PEBC believes that each and every child deserves a great educator. We have dedicated our careers to making that happen and we have come together as a team and organization to work in schools, classrooms, legislative chambers, and the community to do everything we can to contribute to professional recruiting, training, development, and support of teachers and their students.

What we do

PEBC is an education nonprofit that works with teachers, schools, and districts nationwide. We prepare outstanding new teachers, help good teachers and leaders become exceptional, and shape systems and policies that foster vibrant growth and lasting success for students and teachers.

How we do it

The experts at PEBC are lifelong learners who celebrate independent thinking and work to foster agency for both teachers and students, culminating in deep understanding. Our Teaching Framework is based on 30 years’ learning alongside teachers – the approaches are not new, and yet they are not outdated. Our time-tested, research-based instructional approaches help educators at all levels can adapt to their own context in order to effectively strengthen students’ confidence and competence as problem solvers and makers of meaning.

New and Notable


Distance Learning 

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Online Courses

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Phenomenal Teaching

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Virtual Discourse

By Sathya Wandzek | October 22, 2020

Yes, things are different. Everything is harder, and there are more loops than ever to go through to do the simplest task. So, what’s not different? In all my conversations with teachers over the last four months I continue to hear the same  things: They want their students to feel safe, loved, seen, and heard. …

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PEBC Supports Amendment B and Proposition EE

By Evan Kennedy | October 21, 2020

PEBC is proud to support two ballot measures on Colorado’s ballot this November that would provide important support to the early childhood and K-12 sectors – please join us in supporting Amendment B and Proposition EE on your ballots this year. Amendment B amends the Gallagher Amendment by eliminating language that prohibits residential property taxes …

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What do my students really understand? Building a Bridge from Virtual to In-Person Learning

By Annie Patterson | October 19, 2020

In an in-person classroom, teachers can walk around and take a look at student work, listen in to learners’ conversations, and quickly confer to clarify misconceptions. But in virtual classrooms, students sit behind cameras turned off, too shy sometimes to even type responses to their teachers, much less ask for help. Even in socially-distanced settings, …

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Teacher, Principal, and Leader Residency Access Act

By Evan Kennedy | October 12, 2020

Teacher residency programs are growing throughout the United States as research continues to demonstrate their ability to diversify the education workforce and increase retention in the teaching profession. One of the many benefits of the residency model is how coursework is tightly integrated with clinical experience, pairing candidates with expert mentor teachers to co-teach alongside …

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Why Arguments Matter

By Stevi Quate | October 8, 2020

As I watched the debate, I heard both candidates call each other names and question the patriotism and intelligence of their opponent. I saw cherry picking of statistics and heard outrageous exaggerations of “facts.” It reminded me of what my mom used to say way too often, “The world is going to hell in a …

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Supporting English Language Learners’ Success as Remote Learners

By Moker Klaus-Quinlan | September 24, 2020

“In today’s educational climate, English Learners are expected to develop deep content knowledge, engage with complex texts, and interact with peers in sophisticated ways, all while developing proficiency in English.” –Fenner & Snyder, Unlocking English Learners’ Potential Doing school online is challenging for all of us, teachers and learners alike. And yet it may be most …

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Five Ways to Get Students to Turn on their Video During Classes

By Wendy Ward Hoffer | September 3, 2020

There they are – the boxes on the video-conference screen, empty but names or images uploaded. We are hearing from many teachers of learners’ reluctance to turn on their screens during online classes. Disheartening and exhausting to face those void boxes and teach your heart out every day, we know. Are you wondering how to …

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What is Virtual Coaching?

By Michelle Morris Jones | August 18, 2020

How can instructional coaches be of service during remote & hybrid learning? We all want to get better. The role of a Leadership or Instructional Coach is to provide job embedded professional development that mediates thinking and allows an individual to access internal resources, reflect on current actions or issues, and to provide a structure …

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Community in the Physical and Virtual Classroom

By Wendy Ward Hoffer | August 10, 2020

Trust, shared purpose, interdependence, mutual support, and safety in taking risks are some of the features of an effective community. Your own community might be your neighborhood, your faith group, your colleagues, your extended family. For students, their learning community, the online or brick-and-mortar space in which and the people with whom they spend their …

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Taming Our Trauma Brain

By Katrina Litzau | July 22, 2020

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, more than two-thirds of children will experience at least one traumatic event before the age 16. This statistic is startling. As educators, we need to be aware of the effects of trauma on the students who enter our schools. I have an 11-year-old daughter whom …

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