In May of 2018, Representatives Polis (D-CO) and Messer (R-IN) introduced the Teachers Are Leaders Act in the Senate. The bill proposes the creation of teacher leader development programs that extend the continuum of teacher preparation and development in order to foster opportunities for professional growth and increased teacher voice in school decisions. PEBC has signed on as an organization that supports the bill. Tom Brinegar [PEBC Board Chair], Mark Sass [Colorado State Policy Director, Teach Plus], Katy Anderson Campbell [Turnaround Teacher Leader, STRIVE Prep Kepner] and Kate McCarter Klaver [STEM Coordinator, STEM Launch K-8, Adams 12] are cited in the information that is circulating among legislators to generate support for the proposal.
On May 24, 2018, Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB 18-085 in Durango, granting alternatively-licensed teachers in rural schools the opportunity to apply for stipends to cover costs associated with their preparation pathway. Representatives from PEBC, Evan Kennedy [Director of Rural Residency] and Sherri Maxwell [SW Field Manager], attended the ceremony. Upon signing the bill into law, the governor handed his pen to Sarah Pettis, an elementary teacher in Cortez who recently completed PEBC’s preparation program.
On April 25, 2018, the Senate Education Committee voted unanimously to move HB18-1189 forward in the legislative process. Pictured: Tom Brinegar [Vice President & CFO, PEAK Resources, Inc. & Chair, PEBC Board], Senator Owen Hill, Sue Sava [Chief Policy Officer, PEBC], Senator Nancy Todd, Lorez Meinhold [Senior Policy Director, Keystone Policy Center], David Roll [Principal, William Smith High School, APS], Barbara Seidl, Associate Dean, School of Education, University of Colorado Denver]
PEBC hosted Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Impact: A Conversation with Chauncy Lennon [Managing Director and Head of Workforce Initiatives, Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase] on April 11, 2018. Mr. Lennon and business, education, policy and civic leaders from the metro-Denver area discussed the role of the business community in supporting the education sector through corporate and social responsibility investments.
On March 7, PEBC’s Chief Policy Officer Sue Sava facilitated a panel for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Education Committee. The discussion focused on the Colorado Education Preparation Innovation Coalition and HB18-1189 on Expanding Residency. Sue collaborated with Lorez Meinhold, Senior Director at Keystone Policy Center; Liz Hinde, Dean of Metro State University’s School of Education; and Rebecca Kantor, Dean of the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Education. The panel addressed topics such as Colorado’s teacher shortage, the state’s ranking in education funding and the state’s teacher attractiveness rating. Chamber members requested information on how they could support education, and the panelists offered strategies.
PEBC supports SB 18-085, Financial Incentives for Education in Rural Areas. This bill increases the number of stipends of up to $6,000 from twenty to sixty, granting alternatively-licensed teachers in rural areas as well as special service providers completing internships in rural areas the opportunity to apply for the stipends. Senator Todd amd Representative McLachlan are co-sponsors of the bill.
PEBC supports HB18-1332, Collaborative Educator Preparation Program Grants. This bill provides funding for educator preparation entities to partner with schools, districts and BOCES in order to directly target local hiring needs. Representatives Hamner and Rankin along with Senator Moreno are sponsors of the bill.
PEBC supports HB 18-1189, Expanding Effective Teacher Residency Programs. This bill proposes expansion of effective residency programs, providing funding for 2 preparation entities (1 institute of higher education and 1 designated agency for alternative preparation). Representatives Pettersen and Sias along with Senators Todd and Hill are sponsors of the bill.
PEBC President Rosann Ward, Chief Policy Officer Sue Sava and Director of Policy Karen Lowenstein have met with five of Colorado’s gubernatorial candidates (both Republican and Democrat) throughout fall 2017 and winter 2018. Discussions with candidates have focused on each candidate’s views on education and PEBC’s work to prepare and support high-quality teachers and leaders for all of our students across Colorado. Candidates have been asked about their vision for schooling in the state, as well as their vision for the education profession. PEBC advocates for the need to elevate the profession in order to address the state’s shortages and needs and plans to meet with additional gubernatorial candidates this spring and summer.
The Colorado Education Network is a coalition of individuals and organizations committed to promoting public education in Colorado. The Network’s Promise of Colorado campaign is designed to provide Coloradans with tools to advocate for public schools. The CEN is not a political initiative and is not advocating for any specific school finance/funding reform.
Members of the Network recognize that Colorado has one of the fastest growing economies in the country, but we are not adequately or equitably funding education and the consequences of this underfunding include:
The Public Education & Business Coaltion has signed on as a member of the Colorado Education Network.
For almost all of its 35 year history, PEBC has uniquely served Colorado by bringing together leaders across education, civic, policy and business sectors who support and advocate for Colorado’s schools and educators. At the 2016 Superintendent Forum, PEBC generated 400 strategies related to supporting talent development for the education profession from both the education and business representatives in attendance. These audience responses clearly demonstrated a collective desire to seek and rally champions for educators across all sectors.
Education catalysts understand that our students and their teachers are the underpinning of the state’s future workforce and of our communities’ economic health and vibrancy. They also understand the urgency and consequences of the teacher shortages their communities face. In this forum, educators will have the opportunity to voice insights about the successes and needs of their local education contexts. Business, civic and policy leaders will have the opportunity to discuss how all stakeholders might frame, support and advocate for education in their communities.
In order for our schools to have the teachers our students deserve, leaders will leverage the expertise of all groups to sharpen their advocacy skills as catalysts for education across Colorado.
PEBC Board supported with right to reverse
Status – Introduced
Sponsor – Rep. Ryan, Tim [D-OH]
PEBC Board supported
Sponsors – Senator Kevin Priola, Representative James Coleman
Colorado joined ten other states to design plans to close the gap between the percent of nonwhite teachers and students by 2040. Nationally, 18 percent of teachers are nonwhite, compared to just over half of public school students. Sue Sava, Chief Policy Officer, PEBC and Colleen O’Neil, Executive Director of Educator Talent, Colorado Department of Education are convening with thought partners from Connecticut, Illinois, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin
PEBC led a policy panel at the GlobalMindEd conference in Denver on June 23, 2017. Global MindEd hosts provocative and engaging panels on 8 topics: Health, K-12, Higher Ed, Global Work Skills, STEM, students, policy & technology. There are two choices within each track: Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Access & Equity. Sue’s panel focused on Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
Sue Sava, PEBC Chief Policy Officer, facilitated a panel discussion with 4 of PEBC’s collaborators from the policy space:
Moira Cullen – The Capstone Group, Founding Partner
Colleen O’Neil – Colorado Department of Education, Executive Director of Educator Talent
Mark Sass, Teach Plus, Colorado Policy Director (not pictured above)
Christine Scanlan – The Keystone Policy Center, President & CEO (not pictured above)
The panel focused on innovative policies that drive K-12 Education. The PEBC panel discussed strategies that included the work of Colorado Education Preparation Innovation Coalition (in which PEBC is a key partner), strategies for addressing the teacher shortage, thinking on elevating the teaching profession, and responsive policies that support teachers to thrive. The panel conversation was well-attended and the audience was very engaged!
On May 1st, a group of political leaders from across the nation learned about residency as a best practice in teacher development from PEBC and C3 (Creativity Challenge Community) School in Denver.
PEBC hosted the Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellows from across the country. Hunt-Kean is a national, nonpartisan leadership group, whose mission it is to equip senior-level political leaders with knowledge and skill to lead education efforts in their states. Many Hunt-Kean Fellows are gubernatorial candidates.
PEBC convened the fellows at C3, where the residency model is included in school design and ingrained in the school culture. The C3 staff of teachers and leaders is comprised of several residency alumni and the school currently hosts residents. PEBC led the conversation between the Fellows, Boettcher Teacher Residency staff and C3 staff to dive into residency issues such as recruitment, selection and the resident performance in comparison to other novice teachers.
The conversation transformed from theory to reality as the Fellows toured C3 classrooms and observed a community of joyful learning with both effective teachers and engaged students.
Fellows who attended:
John Chiang, Treasurer, CA
Doug Chen, Attorney General, HI
Ed Murray, Secretary of State, WY
Cary Kennedy, Former Treasurer, CO
Senator Owen Hill and former Senator Mike Johnston (a Hunt-Kean alum) attended a portion of the session.
PEBC’s mission has always been rooted in the belief that every child deserves access to excellent educators. We believe this is achieved through teachers abilities to obtain educator licensure. We pledge to continue to offer residency that leads to licensure to produce committed, prepared and effective educators across Colorado.
PEBC & Great Ed Colorado host a Rural Legislative Listening Tour with policy-makers and educators from Otis, Center, and Durango to discuss the upcoming legislative session.
To hear some of the perspectives shared during the event, watch the Rural Listening Tour video.
Hosted by PEBC, Colorado Education Initiative (CEI), Colorado Association School Executives (CASE), Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB), Colorado Education Association (CEA), CO BOCES, and CO Rural Alliance. 250+ teachers, principals, Superintendents, school board members convened to give meaningful input to Colorado Department of Education on ESSA State Plan. The session was also live streamed for participants that could not attend from rural areas. Both gatherings (June 2016 and Jan. 2017) were funded by CO Health Foundation.