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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
March 4, 2017
by Luke Perkins
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.
January 3, 2017
by Brenna Kelly
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
April 22, 2016
by Ann Butler
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.
Video Courtesy of Durango Herald
Video Courtesy of 9News.com
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.
September 23, 2015
Boettcher Teacher Residency, Stanley Teacher Prep combining to help boost workforce
September 23, 2015
Program Doubles National Average for Teacher Retention, Creates Statewide Teacher Pipeline
October 30, 2014
Public school superintendents across Colorado say the time spent testing is cutting into teaching time in the classroom.
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.
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
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.
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.