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Graduate Student Showcase Awards Excellence in Research and Scholarship

Graduate College Awards Ceremony, Lookout Room SUB, Dominic Duarte photo

At the third annual Graduate Student Showcase on April 10, graduate students from programs across Boise State connected with other students and faculty, and gained conference experience by presenting their research. An awards ceremony was held on April 18 to feature college and showcase awards for selected students.

Congratulations to all College of Education graduate students who participated in the Showcase, and to the students selected for awards.

College of Education College Awards ($250)

  • Julia Gorman, Early and Special Education, MEd
  • Kacie Hoch, Counseling, MA
  • Amaia Lojo Novo, Curriculum and Instruction, EdD
  • Sherise Porchia, Counseling, MA
  • Gurupriya Ramanathan, Curriculum and Instruction, EdD
  • Emily Sommer, Education, Curriculum and Instruction, MA
  • April Watts, Curriculum and Instruction, EdD
  • Wade Wilson, Executive Educational Leadership, EdS

Graduate Student Showcase Awards

The Institute for STEM and Diversity Initiatives Award for Diversity, Inclusivity, and Equity ($250)
Mari Rice, Curriculum and Instruction, EdD

Vice President of University Advancement Award ($250)
Molly Moran, Curriculum and Instruction, EdD

Vice President for Student Affairs Award in Student Success, Access, Retention, and Wellness ($250)
Shannon Renee Skelcher, Educational Technology, EdD

Click here to see all award recipients and learn more about the Graduate Student Showcase.

Spring 2019 Teacher Education Candidates Present Inquiry Findings

Boise State intern teacher candidates presented inquiry research findings at the Spring 2019 Inquiry Fair on April 15 at the Student Union Building.

Over 50 teacher education students studying in elementary and secondary teacher preparation programs presented their findings at the two-hour event.

Examples of presentation titles include:

  • Second Language Acquisition, Tanner Robinson
  • Strategies for Data Collection, Sydney Lampe
  • Paraprofessional Retention, Nichole Romero
  • Time Reductions in Line Transitions, Daniel Coneff

Congratulations A. J. Zenkert, 2019 Golden Apple Award Recipient

From left: Julianne Mori, A. J. Zenkert, Claire Oberg

Last night, the Associated Students of Boise State University (ASBSU) presented Golden Apple Awards to thank and honor teachers who have encouraged them and instilled in them a passion for learning.

Following hundreds of nominations from students, Boise State faculty across the university received the prestigious honor of the 2019 award representing their college. Dr. A. J. Zenkert, clinical associate professor in the Curriculum, Instruction, & Foundational Studies department, was nominated by teacher education students Claire Oberg and Julianne Mori.

In her nomination, Julianne wrote:

A. J. is so passionate about the profession of teaching and the teacher candidates at Boise State, that he constantly goes above and beyond to create opportunities, encourage and guide his students, and humbly share his wisdom and experience. A. J. was one of the first staff members I met in the College of Education, and he instantly made me feel welcome. He has continued to support me and my peers, and given us an opportunity to explore our curiosities and learn outside of the classroom. A. J. not only supports us as current students and future teachers, but also as people. He genuinely cares about the people he works with and he shows that everyday by being a mentor, an advocate, and a positive role model.

In her nomination, Claire wrote:

In Spring of 2018 AJ was my professor for ED-CIFS 201..we had an inquiry assignment during the class and from this he has been our advisor on continuing our research, and guiding us to be Teacher Researchers. We have learned how to do research, as well as teaching us the importance of doing research as pre-service teachers. AJ has supported us through every step; conducting our first study, presenting at the BSU Undergrad Research Fair in Spring 2018, furthering our study and presenting as the only undergraduate group at the Association of Teacher Educators national conference in Atlanta, GA (February 17-20 2019).
As advisor of the Teacher Education Ambassadors he has gone above and beyond to support us as student leaders…he encouraged me to become an officer for TEA fall of my freshman year, and has led me to have the comfort and passion for the club as president now. AJ has helped us grow as individuals as well as be an example for having a voice and yet still being humble. My confidence as a future teacher has grown exponentially due to the guidance from AJ.

Congratulations to A. J. and all of the other 2019 Golden Apple Award winners for this important recognition of your time and commitment to the Boise State student community!

Local Administrators Help Prepare Teacher Candidates for Employment

Boise State teacher candidates participated in practice interviews with local school administrators at the Student Union Building on April 1st. The seminar provided candidates with real-world interview experience and advice from future employers.

Teacher candidates on track to graduate May 11th received advice from future employers about the application, hiring and interviewing processes. The candidates provided administrators with their prepared education resumes, and engaged in multiple rounds of group interviews with principals and district officials.

Boise State’s teacher education programs thank the Teacher Education Ambassadors student organization, and the following building administrators and district personnel for volunteering their time to support our teacher education candidates:

Administrator Panel

Chris Taylor, Boise School District
Darryl Gerber, Garfield Elementary, Boise School District
Gale Zickefoose, Shadow Hills Elementary, Boise School District
Hannah Courtright, North Junior High, Boise School District
Jake Miller, North Junior High, Boise School District
Ken Pahlas, Koeslch Elementary, Boise School District
Quane Kenyon, Fairmont Jr. High, Boise School District
Shelly Wray, Boise School District
Ted Totorica, Jefferson Elementary, Boise School District

Anita Wilson, Caldwell High School, Caldwell School District

Jeff Blaser, Cascade School District

Lyle Bayley, Castleford School District

Jennifer Monserat, Silver Trail Elementary, Kuna School District

Diana Molino, Nampa High School, Nampa School District
Matt Crist, East Valley Middle School, Nampa School District
Stefanie Duby, West Middle School, Nampa School District

Debbie Aholtm, Meridian Elementary, West Ada School District
Jennifer Fletcher, West Ada School District
Jennifer Logan, Lake Hazel Elementary, West Ada School District

Dani Zwolfer, Sage International School
Dawnetta Earnest, Meridian Medical Arts Charter School
Micah Doramus, Forge International School

 

College of Education Faculty Book Roundup

College of Education faculty have been busy publishing their research and ideas. Check out these recently published books authored and edited by some of our faculty:

Kathleen Budge, Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies, and Bill Parrett, Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies 

Budge, K. & Parrett, W.H. (2018). Disrupting poverty: Five powerful classroom practices. ASCD: Alexandria, VA. 

Kathleen M. Budge and William H. Parrett dispel harmful myths, explain the facts, and urge educators to act against the debilitating effects of poverty on their students. They share the powerful voices of teachers—many of whom grew up in poverty—to amplify the five classroom practices that permeate the culture of successful high-poverty schools: (1) caring relationships and advocacy, (2) high expectations and support, (3) commitment to equity, (4) professional accountability for learning, and (5) the courage and will to act. Readers will explore classroom-tested strategies and practices, plus online templates and exercises that can be used for personal reflection or ongoing collaboration with colleagues. Disrupting Poverty provides teachers, administrators, coaches, and others with the background information and the practical tools needed to help students break free from the cycle of poverty.

Patrick Lowenthal, Department of Educational Technology 

Davidson-Shivers, G. V., Rasmussen, K. L., & Lowenthal, P. R. (2018). Web-based learning: Design, implementation, and evaluation. New York, NY: Springer.

This second edition is a practical, easy-to-read resource on web-based learning. The book ably and clearly equips readers with strategies for designing effective online courses, creating communities of web-based learners, and implementing and evaluating based on an instructional design framework. Case examples, case studies, and discussion questions extend readers skills, inspire discussion, and encourage readers to explore the trends and issues related to online instructional design and delivery.

Phil Kelly, Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies, and Kerry Rice, Department of Educational Technology 

Rice, K. L., Siemieniecki, D., Siemieniecka, B., & Kelly, P. P. (2017). Crossing borders: An Exploration of educational technology in the U. S. and Poland. Nicolaus Copernicus University.

The evolution and praxis of U.S. and Polish educational systems are juxtaposed in a discussion of technology-supported learning in the context of historic determinants, educational policy, and past and emerging practice. Both the research presented and examples of student works and projects help answer questions about the shape of future technology supported educational systems, frame the challenges education is facing, and present perspectives for future development.

Carl Siebert, Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies

Siebert, C. F., & Siebert, D. C. (2017). Data analysis with small samples and non-normal data:  Nonparametrics and other strategies. Oxford University Press.

In social sciences, education, and public health research, researchers often conduct small pilot studies (or may have planned for a larger sample but lost too many cases due to attrition or missingness), leaving them with a smaller sample than they expected and thus less power for their statistical analyses. Similarly, researchers may find that their data are not normally distributed — especially in clinical samples — or that the data may not meet other assumptions required for parametric analyses. In these situations, nonparametric analytic strategies can be especially useful, though they are likely unfamiliar. A clearly written reference book, Data Analysis with Small Samples and Non-Normal Data offers step-by-step instructions for each analytic technique in these situations.

Arturo Rodriguez, Department of Literacy, Language, and Culture

Rodriguez, A. (2017). Imagining education: Beyond the logic of global neoliberal capitalism. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Given the current social climate this book interrogates capitalism’s relationships to and influence on education. More importantly, this book is part of a greater effort to re‐humanize society by generating dialogue, encouraging solidarity and providing analyses of power and avenues for agency in supporting a life beyond the logic of the state and its implied structure, global neoliberal capitalism. The authors speak to the conceptual and material manifestations of neoliberalism that order education.

Youngkyun Baek, Department of Educational Technology

Baek, Y. (2017). Game-based learning: Theory, strategies and performance outcomes. New York: Nova Science.

At a time when digital games are becoming much more commonly used in classrooms, this book provides a much-needed guide to different forms and applications of digital game-based learning. The book brings together researchers and practitioners from around the world who share their theories, strategies, findings of case studies, and practical approaches to support better performance and learning outcomes when learning with digital games.

Norm Friesen, Department of Educational Technology

Friesen, N. (2017). The Textbook and the Lecture: Education in the Age of new Media. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press

Why are the fundamentals of education apparently so little changed in our era of digital technology? Is their obstinate persistence evidence of resilience or obsolescence? Such questions can best be answered not by imagining an uncertain high-tech future, but by examining a well-documented past—a history of instruction and media that extends from Gilgamesh to Google. Norm Friesen looks to the combination and reconfiguration of oral, textual, and more recent media forms to understand the longevity of so many educational arrangements and practices.

 

 

 

 

 

Fall 2018 Teacher Education Candidates Share Inquiry Findings


Boise State intern teacher candidates presented inquiry research findings at the Fall 2018 Inquiry Fair on November 26 at the Student Union Building.

Almost 80 teacher education students studying in elementary and secondary teacher preparation programs presented their findings at the two-hour event.

Examples of presentation titles include:

  • Learning Preferences and Interactions, Gabrielle Sturge
  • Teacher Rapport with English Language Learners, Gena Case
  • Mindfulness and Student Behavior, Jaraka Ball
  • Critical Thinking and Self-Efficacy, Robert Wilcox

 

 

Teacher Candidates Learn about Professional Year Placements


Over 30 elementary and secondary teacher candidates attended an information session on November 7th in the Imagination Lab about the professional year placement process. The professional year is the final year for teacher education students, and includes the intern and student teaching semesters.

The information session included a discussion led by teacher education faculty, and other activities to support teacher candidates make the most of their professional year experience.

Boise State Teacher Candidates Prepare for Employment

Boise State teacher candidates participated in practice interviews with local school administrators at the Student Union Building on November 5th. The seminar provided candidates with real-world interview experience and advice from future employers.

Teacher candidates on track to graduate December 15th received advice from future employers about the application, hiring and interviewing processes. The candidates provided administrators with their prepared education resumes, and engaged in multiple rounds of group interviews with principals and district officials.

Boise State’s teacher education programs thank the Teacher Education Ambassadors student organization, and the following building administrators and district personnel for volunteering their time to support our teacher education candidates:

Administrator Panel

  • Jeff Roberts, Principal, North Junior High, Boise School District
  • Gale Zickefoose, Principal, Shadow Hills Elementary, Boise School District
  • Shelly Wray Math Supervisor, Boise School District
  • Tim Lowe, Principal, Taft Elementary, Boise School District
  • Anita Wilson, Principal, Caldwell High School, Caldwell School District
  • Lyle Bayley, Superintendent, Castleford School District
  • Micah Doramus, Head of School, Forge International Charter School
  • Stefanie Duby, Principal, West Middle School, Nampa School District
  • Steve Labau, Principal, Lake Ridge Elementary, Nampa School District
  • Rick Jordan, Vice Principal, Skyview High School, Nampa School District
  • Matt Crist, Principal, East Valley Middle School, Nampa School District
  • Ramona Lee, Special Education Director, West Ada School District
  • Jamie Dobson, Principal, Eliza Hart Spalding STEM Academy, West Ada School District
  • Mike Hirano, Principal, Rocky Mountain High School, West Ada School District
  • Debbie Aholt, Instructional Coach, Meridian Elementary, West Ada School District

 

Intern Teachers Attend Linguistic Diversity Seminar

Boise State intern teachers attended a language acquisition seminar focused on supporting linguistic diversity on Monday at the SUB.

Led by Boise State faculty, the teacher candidates discussed how to effectively plan for linguistic diversity, academic language support, and EL instruction. They also practiced using the lens of equity to differentiate instructional design.

Intern teachers are typically in their first semester of their professional year, and complete a minimum of 380 hours in the classroom. Combined with the student teaching semester, professional year teacher candidates complete a minimum of 1,000 hours in the classroom over the course of the final program year.

Boise State Teacher Education Students Attend Inquiry Seminar

Around 80 elementary and secondary Boise State teacher education students attended an inquiry scaffolding seminar on August 27 at the Student Union Building. Led by teacher education faculty, the teacher candidates engaged in inquiry-based thinking and practice activities.

During their intern teaching semester, teacher candidates will investigate a line of inquiry and present their findings at the upcoming Inquiry Roundtable on November 26th from 3:30-5:30pm in the SUB Lookout Room. The Inquiry Roundtable will be open to all students interested in teacher education.

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