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How Do You Keep Teachers In Rural Ignacio?
You Grow Your Own

By Jenny Brundin
Colorado Public Radio
August 15, 2017

Colorado needs teachers. Thousands of them. Colleges in the state are graduating 25 percent fewer licensed teachers than they did six years ago. The crisis is most acute in rural Colorado, where turnover is high.

Which brings us to Dusty Mars of Ignacio.

After spending years as an oil production foreman, where he oversaw a dozen operators and 1,000 wells, an even bigger challenge presented itself. He was tapped to teach middle school math on an emergency credential. Soon enough, he found himself with a teary student

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Measures to improve how Colorado prepares future teachers

By: Jon Lehmann and Tom Brinegar
Colorado Spring Gazette
August 13, 2017

Colorado’s natural resources – from our abundant natural gas to unparalleled open spaces – have fueled the state’s most recent economic boom. The only way to sustain this growth over the long term, however, is investing in Colorado’s human resources.

The Centennial State’s new economy needs skilled workers to help us continue to win the global economic race and to the meet the needs of tomorrow’s employers in our thriving aerospace, technology, and innovation sectors.

Our state, though, is facing a serious teacher shortage that threatens to stifle its growth. It’s time for our state to find a better way forward to prepare teachers to support student achievement and lifelong success.

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PEBC collaborates with Colorado Higher Ed and Districts to Study Effectiveness of Teacher Residency

July 11, 2017

The Colorado Consortium of Residency Educators (CO-CORE), a unique group of partners across higher education and non-profit organizations in Colorado, has received a $400,000 federal grant from the Institute of Education Sciences to study what makes teacher residencies effective as a teacher preparation strategy and how to sustainably fund their most important elements.

Teacher residencies, often compared to medical residencies, offer yearlong experiences co-teaching with accomplished teachers as a central part of the preparation of novice teachers. The first of its kind in the country, this study will determine the components of residency programs that serve as quality indicators of teacher effectiveness. Ultimately, the research will provide the state with the capacity to assess the quality of teacher residency programs, follow the transition of residents into the first years of teaching, and evaluate their investment.

PEBC (and the Boettcher Teacher Residency) are honored to be the sole non-profit contributor to the study

As the number of teacher residency programs has grown in Colorado and across the country, the range of preparation approaches has grown as well, raising questions about the quality and effectiveness of these different approaches. This two-year study will analyze data from a range of residency program models from across the state to understand what makes programs effective and determine and provide comparable metrics to understand program success.

PEBC’s Chief Policy Officer, Sue Sava, noted “As the only non-profit involved in CO-CORE, PEBC is excited to bring its distinct perspective to the collaborative.  Our deep relationships with schools, districts and communities across the state, including in many rural areas, will allow us to strengthen the data collection and reporting involved in this project.”

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PEBC welcomes Jocelyn Stephens, M.Ed. as the new Executive Director of Education

June 23, 2017

 

We are proud to announce that PEBC’s new Executive Director of Education will be Jocelyn Stephens, M.Ed.  Jocelyn will lead all of the professional learning and preparation work of the organization.  Formerly Learning Community Director of Aurora Public Schools, Jocelyn brings years of experience and expertise in teaching and leading P-12 public school settings predominately serving culturally, linguistically and socio-economically diverse populations.   We are excited to incorporate her voice and talents to our focus on closing the achievement gaps for all students, a major strand of PEBC’s Vision 2025.  Her knowledge and implementation of Design Thinking, creating cultures of thinking, data-driven instructional cycles, leadership and teacher leadership, and coaching strategies, etc.,  will enhance our work in all these areas, and beyond.  Jocelyn will join PEBC’s Executive Team in playing a significant role in leading the entire organization. Her first day as Executive Director of Education at PEBC will be Wednesday, July 12th.

Jocelyn’s first day as Executive Director of Education at PEBC will be Wednesday, July 12th.

 

Teacher shortage in Colorado reaches critical condition

March 4, 2017
by Luke Perkins
Durango Herald

The teacher shortage is becoming critical as a third of Colorado’s more than 53,000 teachers will be eligible to retire in the next five years, and fewer students are enrolling in and graduating from teacher education programs to replace them.

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Photo Credit: Shaun Stanley, Durango Herald

Photo by: Shaun Stanley  Courtesy of Durango Herald

Noah Gorz, Boettcher Teacher Resident, works with Escalante Middle School sixth-grade student Nicoel Swete in the school’s library Friday under the supervision of teacher Duane Tucker, background.

 

Equipping students for success

January 3, 2017
by Brenna Kelly
Kentucky Teacher

Welcome to the Bellevue Classroom, a model of teaching and learning that Bellevue Independent created using tools from the Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC), a Denver-based nonprofit that provides teacher training.

For the past two years, teachers and administrators at the 700-student district in Campbell County have been transforming their instruction using four foundations – Thinking Strategies, classroom communities, workshop model lessons and student/teacher discourse about their learning

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Photo by Bobby Ellis
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Boettcher program trains teachers to be successful

April 22,  2016
by Ann Butler
Durango Herald

New teachers are leaving the profession at alarming rates, and colleges are graduating fewer licensed teachers, leaving many schools hurting for qualified instructors. Southwest Colorado is one of four areas in the state particularly hard-hit by the shortage.
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Residency program addresses teacher shortage

April 20,  2016

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Recruiting more teachers of color

Colorado State of Mind
Re-segregation in southwest Denver schools

October 23, 2015

Elevating the teaching profession, and recruiting more teachers of color, are critical for student success and reimagining the future of education in Colorado.

PEBC’s Boettcher Teacher Residency, which recently combined with Stanley Teacher Prep, discusses the importance of these goals and how it is addressing these needs on RMPBS’s Colorado State of Mind.

The interview with Sue Sava, Executive Director of Stanley Teacher Prep and Christopher Delgado, Recruitment Manager of Boettcher Teacher Residency starts at 16:38.

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*Video courtesy of Rocky Mountain PBS

Colorado teacher residency programs merging to prepare more teachers

September 23, 2015
Boettcher Teacher Residency, Stanley Teacher Prep combining to help boost workforce

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Photo Credit: AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 21: Jessie Massey works with fifth grade teachers Rick Nielsen and Sara Marchi during an inservice day at Valley View K-8 on Monday, September 21, 2015. Massey, a graduate of the residency program is now a teacher mentor. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)

PEBC Announces Formation of Colorado’s Largest Residency-based
Teacher-Preparation Program

September 23, 2015
Program Doubles National Average for Teacher Retention, Creates Statewide Teacher Pipeline

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Belle Faust, Executive Director, Boettcher Teacher Residency and Sue Sava, Executive Director, Stanley Teacher Prep

Belle Faust, Executive Director, Boettcher Teacher Residency and Sue Sava, Executive Director, Stanley Teacher Prep

Dr. Cynthia Stevenson Joins PEBC as Senior Consultant

February 5, 2015
Former Jeffco Public Schools Superintendent Appointed to Leadership Team

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Teacher Residency Aims to Prepare Great Educators in Colorado

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PEBC’s Boettcher Teacher Residency, which prepares people to have exceptional teaching careers through a hands-on master’s degree program, is now accepting applications.

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Colorado Superintendents: Too much testing, not enough dollars

October 30, 2014
Public school superintendents across Colorado say the time spent testing is cutting into teaching time in the classroom.

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Superintendents vent on testing and about the legislature

October 29, 2014
A group of district leaders criticized excessive testing and had some frank comments about legislators Wednesday during the annual PEBC Superintendent Forum.

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Public Education & Business Coalition Wins $2.9 Million Teacher Preparation Grant

September 25, 2014
Grant to Help Train STEM Teachers in Rural Colorado

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Q&A: Will too much testing sap students’ creativity?

April 29, 2014
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Audio: Ryan Warner talks with Jenny Brundin about one scholar’s thesis that the race to boost America’s test scores will lead to its decline.

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State awards funds for more teachers in rural areas

April 2, 2014
Both Teach for America and the Colorado Boettcher Teacher Residency received nearly one and a half million dollars each from the Colorado Department of Education to expand their work on recruiting and training teaching candidates

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Colorado Boettcher Teacher Residency named 100Kin10 partner

January 31, 2014
100Kin10, a multi-sector network addressing the national imperative to train 100,000 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers by 2021, today announced 31 new partner organizations.

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Beleaguered schools getting help for teachers

December 30, 2013
Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 schools will get a little help next year from the Colorado Boettcher Teacher Residency program.

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PEBC Awarded $6.47 Million to Train Teachers

December 11, 2013
Grants Fund Effort to Place Effective Teachers in Colorado’s Urban and Rural School
Districts

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ASU teacher programs strive to satisfy Valley districts

October 31, 2013
Adams State University’s (ASU) education department is working to ensure teachers have the unique skills needed to succeed in the Valley.

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