College of Education News
Boise State teacher candidates participated in practice interviews with local school administrators at the Student Union Building on April 2nd. The seminar provided candidates with real-world interview experience and advice from future employers.
Teacher candidates on track to graduate next month 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 following building administrators and district personnel for volunteering their time to support our teacher education candidates:
- Gale Zickefoose, Shadow Hills Elementary, Boise School District
Chris Taylor, Boise School District
Teri Thaemert, Boise School District
Tim Lowe, Taft Elementary, Boise School District
- Lyle Bayley, Castleford School District
- Micah Doramus, Sage International, Charter
- Jennifer Monserat, Silver Trail Elementary, Kuna School District
- Matt Crist, East Valley Middle School, Nampa School District
Diana Molino, Nampa High School, Nampa School District
Stefanie Duby, West Middle School, Nampa School District
- Bob Gwyn, Ridgevue High School, Vallivue School District
- Jen Logan, Lake Hazel Elementary, West Ada School District
Mike Hirano, Rocky Mountain High School, West Ada School District
Bret Heller, Victory Middle School, West Ada School District
Jennifer Fletcher, West Ada School District
Boise State student teachers attended a seminar on the Standard Performance Assessment for Teachers (S-PAT) at the Student Union Building on February 5. The teacher candidates engaged in skill-specific sessions to deepen understanding and engagement with the S-PAT process. Boise State teacher education faculty and liaisons held small group sessions on planning, assessment, and reflection activities related to instructional practice.
Student teachers complete the S-PAT as a part of the required activities during the professional year. The S-PAT is the culminating assessment of a teacher candidate’s learning and performance.
Boise State intern teacher candidates attended a language acquisition seminar focused on supporting linguistic diversity on Monday at the SUB.
Led by Boise State faculty, the intern teachers learned how to effectively plan for linguistic diversity, academic language support, and EL instruction. They also discussed 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.
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Boise State’s teacher education program inducted over 50 candidates to the profession on January 4 in the Lookout Room at the Student Union Building. The Spring 2018 intern teacher candidates and teacher education faculty participated in a professional pinning ceremony, pledging to uphold the Code of Ethics for Idaho Professional Educators before beginning their professional year teaching internships. The pledge was lead by representatives from the College of Education’s student organization, Teacher Education Ambassadors (TEA).
The intern teachers were inducted and pinned by program certification area:
Early Childhood/Special Education Program
Bilingual/TESOL Education Program
Secondary English/World Languages Education Program
Secondary History/Social Studies Education Program
Graduate Certificate Program
Elementary Education Program
Boise State intern teachers presented inquiry research findings at the Spring 2017 Inquiry Fair on November 27 at the Student Union Building.
Over 70 intern teachers studying in elementary and secondary teacher preparation programs presented their findings at the two-hour event.
Examples of presentation titles include:
- Implications of Teacher Readiness for ELLs, Jennifer LeGault
- Self-Selected Sensory Tools, Katie McCullough
- Effects of Chewing Gum on Text Anxiety, Michael Grigsby
- Implementing Color Coding for Sign Language, Lizzie Hansen
For a full list of presentations, click here for the program.
Boise State student teacher candidates attended a planning seminar to become more familiar with the Standard Performance Assessment for Teachers (S-PAT) on September 18th at the Meridian Center.
Student teacher candidates rotated through faculty-led informational groups on planning, assessment and reflection, and were oriented to the Boise State created S-PAT process.
Boise State intern teacher candidates attended a lesson design seminar to become more familiar with strategies to support differentiation and equity planning on September 11th at the Student Union Building.
Intern teacher candidates rotated through faculty-led informational groups on: differentiation, equity practices and language targets, and linguistic differentiation strategies.
Attend one of our optional Teacher Education Application & Interview Workshops! All workshops will be held in the Wallace Conference Room, 7th Floor of the Education Building. Students are encouraged to attend with a laptop.
Tuesday, August 29th 11:00am – 12:00pm
Wednesday, September 6th 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Saturday, September 9th 11:30am – 12:30pm
Boise State has officially joined the list of major universities to approve a varsity eSports program. Boise State will launch a school-sponsored eSports team and build a computer lab facility specific to its eSports ventures.
The program plans to host teams that will compete in five games, which include League of Legends, Overwatch, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm and Rocket League.
For more information about the program, contact Chris Haskell, email@example.com, educational technology clinical assistant professor and eSports program co-director, or Brett Shelton, firstname.lastname@example.org, educational technology department chair and eSports program co-director.
Read more about the varsity eSports program here: http://es.pn/2iK3V6M
Boise State Teacher Education is hosting an Open House for prospective and current students majoring in Elementary and Secondary Education to provide networking opportunities and success strategies on the path towards becoming a teacher.
Representatives from various teacher education programs will be available to provide information and answer questions. Officers from the Boise State Teacher Education Ambassadors group (the teacher education student organization), and the College of Education Alumni volunteers will also have information about how to get involved. Information about scholarships and support programs will also be available.
Appetizers and refreshments will be served, and prize drawings for College of Education items will be held throughout the event!
When: Thursday, August 24th, 5:00-7:00pm
Where: Education Building, main entrance
Who: All students interested in learning more about Boise State teacher education programs, and current teacher education students
5:10-5:15pm Open and Welcome
5:15-5:45pm Representative panel with Q & A from audience
5:45-7:00pm Mingle, network and connect with program representatives, TEA student officers, and alumni chapter volunteers