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Navigating change requires sound leadership

Education is changing.

You don’t have to be a seer to divine that. Anyone who glances at the news can see that education at all levels is under pressure from:

  • Reductions in funding.
  • Rising expectations for learning productivity.
  • Debates about the role of educational technology.
  • Setting priorities for scarce resources.

Finding a way through these challenges doesn’t require a crystal ball, just sound leadership.

The College of Education is in the business of creating sound leaders. Our programs place a heavy emphasis on ensuring that the leaders coming out of the college can influence the improvement of teaching and learning.

For example, our Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction program emphasizes the quality of educational leaders who can combine theory with actual practice in the field. Graduates are skilled in designing curriculum and instruction, making decisions and solving problems.

In 2013, this doctorate will mark the 20th year since its beginning as the first doctorate program at Boise State University.

This fall the college is launching a new program that looks to the future of education with the Doctor in Educational Technology program. Approximately 20 candidates will examine the use of technology for effective teaching and learning.

Another example of how the college advances education is the Idaho Leads Project. This project provides trustees, superintendents, principals, teachers, parents, students and community members across the state with support to become more effective leaders. The goal is to create high-performing schools where all students succeed.

At the end of the day, leadership is not about foretelling the future. It is about the positive changes, opportunities and choices our graduates have created for the children of our communities.

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