Three Ways to Boost Language Use and Development in the Virtual World

By Moker Klaus-Quinlan / February 1, 2021

Do you remember watching a small child acquire language skills? First, they listen; then, they speak; soon, they write, and next they read, spiraling their growth in these language skills over time, ongoinging. Learners at all levels need a balance between experiences with receptive language (listening and reading) and expressive […]

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Supporting Ourselves and Others: Self-Care and SEL in the Age of Covid

By Andra Brill / January 14, 2021

Confession: I’ve never been much of a fan of the term self-care. It’s always felt a bit self-indulgent and brings up visions of the old Calgon bubble bath commercials. However, over the past few years, and particularly during the past several months of social distancing, I’ve started to see that […]

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Learning to Teach in the Age of COVID

By Kim McGrigg / January 11, 2021

­­­­Teaching is not only a career for Alex Buck; it’s his destiny. One of Alex’s earliest memories is from second grade when he drew pictures of himself as a teacher – complete with a classroom full of students.   Fast forward to college: Alex studied History and French at the University […]

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Four Critical Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Practices: Supporting Ourselves and Others in Unusual Times

By Andra Brill / January 8, 2021

We are living in remarkable times. In July of 2020, in the middle of the Covid pandemic, CASEL released what they called an SEL (Social Emotional Learning) roadmap for reopening schools. In collaboration with forty other organizations, CASEL addressed the challenges that schools were facing as they looked to reopen […]

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PEBC Teacher Residency Works to Diversify Colorado’s Teacher Workforce

By John Kearney / November 30, 2020

In the wake of calls for social justice during the Summer of 2020, 73 is a number that I’ve been thinking a lot about.  That’s because, in 73% of Colorado’s school districts, there is not one Black educator.  That’s right, I said districts.  As Director of Recruitment and Alumni Engagement […]

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Creating a More Resilient Education System in Colorado

By Evan Kennedy / November 23, 2020

In partnership with Keystone Policy Center, PEBC is convening an Education System Resiliency and Innovation Initiative (ESRII), gathering more than 80 teachers, leaders, legislators, stakeholders from across the state to use this time of challenge to catalyze learning.  As part of this work, we asked ourselves the question – “What […]

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Mind Your Triggers

By Dana Sorensen / November 4, 2020

In what ways might we best support learners during this unique school year? One way is to learn about and understand triggers – in ourselves and in our students – so that we can remain calm resources in their lives as they transition towards another year of learning. TriggersThe teacher […]

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What can you do when you can’t peek over their shoulders?

By Michelle Morris Jones / October 28, 2020

One of the biggest challenges with remote teaching is our inability to walk around the classroom and hear student thinking!  Looking for those scrunched up faces when students are grappling with something challenging, seeing those smiles when students feel successful, noticing the choices students make regarding materials and processes, listening […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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