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.

Proposition CC

The PEBC Board of Directors has voted to support Proposition CC.  Prop CC will allow Colorado to keep all funds already collected under the current tax rates. Anything that is above the current revenue cap will be distributed directly into K-12 education (as well as higher ed and transportation).

We urge Coloradans to join us in supporting education by voting yes on Proposition CC by Nov. 5, 2019.

Read more about Prop CC

2019 Colorado Legislative Session Update

PEBC supports SB19-010 Professional Behavioral Health Services For Schools. The bill allows grant money to be used for behavioral health care services at recipient schools and specifies that grants may also fund behavioral health services contracts with community providers. Sen. R. Fields, Rep. B. McLachlan, and Rep. D. Valdez are the prime sponsors of the bill.

PEBC supports SB19-009 Financial Incentives For Rural Educators. Under existing law, the department of higher education (department) annually awards up to 40 stipends of not more than $2,800 to students enrolled in teacher preparation programs who agree to teach in a rural school or rural school district. The bill removes the limit on the number of stipends and increases the amount to $4,000. Sen. N. Todd, Rep. B. McLachlan, and Rep. J. Wilson are the prime sponsors of the bill along with 55 other legislators who have co-sponsored the bill.

PEBC supports HB19-1002 Leadership Professional Development For School Principals. The bill creates the school leadership pilot program (program) to provide professional development for public elementary, middle, and high school principals. Rep. B. McLachlan, Rep. J. Wilson, and Sen. R. Zenzinger are the prime sponsors of the bill.

PEBC supports HB19-1171 Expand Child Nutrition School Lunch Protection Act (voted to support in FY18 session). Current law specifies an annual appropriation for the child nutrition school lunch protection program (program) to provide lunches at no charge to children in state-subsidized early childhood education programs administered by public schools or in kindergarten through fifth grade who would otherwise have to pay for a reduced-price lunch. The bill requires the general assembly to make an appropriation for the program but removes the specified amounts, clarifies that all students in sixth through eighth grade participating in the federal reduced price school lunch program are eligible for the program, and extends the grades of eligibility for the program to students through the twelfth grade. Rep. D. Michaelson Jenet, Sen. R. Fields, and Sen. K. Priola are the prime sponsors of the bill.

PEBC supports HB19-1194 School Discipline For Preschool Through Second Grade (voted to support in FY18 session). The bill allows a state-funded, community-based preschool program, school district, or charter school (enrolling entity) to impose an out-of-school suspension or expel a student enrolled in preschool, kindergarten, or first or second grade only under specified circumstances. Rep. C. Larson, Rep. S. Lontine, Sen. R. Fields, and Sen. K. Priola are the prime sponsors of the bill.

PEBC organized testimony for a critical bill on principal professional learning

PEBC continues to participate in into critical conversations and providing testimony on bills. In February 2019, Sue Sava, Dana Sorensen, and Evan Kennedy organized testimony for a critical bill on principal professional learning. Principals Mary Duran and Courtney Goertz  spoke to the need for principal supports.

An initiative that helps teachers buy a home is expanding

Landed is not a non-profit but rather a mission-driven for-profit that reinvests the money teachers pay it back into the down payment fund, and makes its money by taking a fee from the realtors’ commissions. It was founded in San Francisco in 2015, and expanded to the Redondo Beach Unified School District near Los Angeles and Denver Public Schools earlier this year. Landed recently grew its reach in Colorado even further by making its services available to employees of 14 additional school districts, including Aurora Public Schools, Jeffco Public Schools, Westminster Public Schools, and the Adams 14 district in Commerce City. Learn more

PEBC supports Teachers Are Leaders Act

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.

SB 18-085 to provide stipends to rural teachers signed into law

CO SB18-085 SignedOn 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.

Senate Education Committee: Post-hearing on HB18-1189 – Expanding Effective Residencies

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]

Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Impact: A Conversation with Chauncy Lennon

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.


PEBC at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

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.

2018 Colorado Legislative Session Update

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 Meetings with Colorado Gubernatorial Candidates

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.

Teacher residency programs named as a policy recommendation

The report, Teacher Turnover: Why It Matters and What We Can Do About It, was released in August 2017. It is authored by Desiree Carver-Thomas and Linda Darling-Hammond. The report highlights teacher residency programs as one high-retention pathway into teaching. For the full report on which this brief is based, go to https://learningpolicyinstitute.org/product/teacher-turnover.

PEBC Education Catalysts

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

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, PEBC 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 Evan Kennedy, Associate Policy Director