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Policies in support of elevating the teaching profession

Local, state and national leaders trust PEBC to inform the development of sound education policy that profoundly impacts success for students and teachers alike. PEBC has developed decades of direct experience in schools, deep knowledge of theory and practice, and a network for thousands of exceptional educators and passionate business and community leaders. Policymakers and advocates count on PEBC to advise the development and implementation of policy so that good ideas translate to great outcomes- in classrooms, schools and systems as well as for our nations workforce and economy.

Colorado Education Network launches
Promise of Colorado Campaign

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:

  • students losing out on educational opportunities,
  • schools unable to attract and retain qualified teachers, and
  • growing inequities across school districts.

The Public Education & Business Coaltion has signed on as a member of the Colorado Education Network.

Seeking Champions for Education

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.

In 2018, PEBC will bring leaders together again and host Seeking Champions for Education. Champions 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 Champions for Education across Colorado.

Current Legislation

PEBC Board supported with right to reverse

Federal H.R. 2544 To require the Director of the National Institutes of Health to carry out a study to add to the scientific knowledge on reducing teacher stress and increasing teacher retention and well-being, and for other purposes.

Status – Introduced
Sponsor – Rep. Ryan, Tim [D-OH]

More info and current status

PEBC Board supported

Colorado HB17-1211 Educators Professional Development Discipline Strategies
Status – Passed

Sponsors – Senator Kevin Priola, Representative James Coleman

More info and current status

PEBC joins Colorado Department of Education and 10 other states with plan to diversify teacher workforce by 2040

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

Read More in Education Week here

PEBC facilitates GlobalMindEd panel focused on innovative policies that drive K-12 Education

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!

Political Leaders Learn About Residency Model of Teacher Preparation in Denver

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.

Sue Sava, Chief Policy Officer, leads the Residency Model conversation with political leaders and school staff

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 Position Paper- Teacher Licensure

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.


Rural Colorado Legislative Listening

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.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Summits I & II for Practitioners

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.


Contact Sue Sava, Chief Policy Officer

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