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The Professional Educator is an open forum on education presented by Boise State College of Education Dean Diane Boothe.

College of Education launches living-learning community

By Diane Boothe
Professor and Dean

Education is more than just going to class. It includes sharing stories, kicking back with friends, asking the big questions about the meaning of life, making learning a way of life, creating life-long friendships and having a whole lot of fun!

A useful education also includes the life skills around communication, living with others and resolving conflict.

Stan Steiner

Stan Steiner

These are among the reasons the College of Education this fall launched its living and learning community with room for 28 students majoring in education or related fields. Education’s Residential College is located on the third floor of the Clearwater Suites on University Drive opposite the Brady Parking Garage.

Stan Steiner, literacy chair, is the community’s first faculty member in residence. A faculty member in residence lives with the students in the residence hall in his or her own apartment. The faculty member assists learning through community events and academic initiatives.

In the Residential College, students find a learning community that is a like a family who supports them as pursue their educational goals. Students have a chance to learn things that matter to them.

Students who have participated in the university’s Residential Colleges often say it has been among the best experiences of their Boise State education.

For more information, email, call 447-1001 or visit


Evelyn Johnson and Carrie Semmelroth

Evelyn Johnson, professor, and Carrie Semmelroth, project coordinator, in the Department of Special Education and Early Childhood Studies, have published an article in the journal Assessment for Effective Intervention with two other co-authors. Read more

Intern Learns and Researches While Helping Others Lead Healthier Lives

Boise State kinesiology graduate student Brigette Botten is using her internship to research treatment and lifestyle changes that help people recover from heart disease and lead healthier lives. Read more

St. Luke’s, COBR seek effective treatment for children


By Diane Boothe
Professor and Dean

The Center for Orthopaedic and Biomechanics Research (COBR) is working with St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital to improve the diagnosis and treatment of children with physical challenges.

This is just one example of the collaborative projects through the College of Education that is helping improve the health and welfare of the Boise community. This project with St. Luke’s also could lead to future research in the field of pediatric orthopedics that promises real-world learning for students and practical benefits for the community.

An expert team of physicians, physical therapists and biomechanists use state-of-the-art technology in the COBR Pediatric Motion Analysis Lab to assess a child’s gait pattern, or manner of walking, stepping or running. The team works with children who have conditions such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida. These conditions can cause toe-walking or movement disorders that result from brain injuries.

The goal of the analysis is more effective treatment and a reduced number of surgeries for children.

The Pediatric Motion Analysis lab uses in-depth, detailed testing with 3-D computerized and electromyography gait analysis to determine the movement abilities and limitations of the patients.

COBR is a partnership between the College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and the College of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering.


Where in the World? Kiel, Germany

Where in the World? looks at the international experiences of faculty, staff, students and alumni. Jonathan Brendefur, director, and Michele Carney, associate director, of Boise State’s Initiative for Developing Mathematical Thinking, are in Kiel, Germany, attending the 37th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. Read more