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Teacher Education students host elementary visit to Boise State

The Boise State Teacher Education Ambassador (TEA) student organization hosted 120 fifth graders from Vallivue School District on March 7th.

The elementary students toured the Boise State campus including visits to the Education Building, Albertson’s Library, the Student Recreation Center and the Hall of Fame.

The campus tour provided the elementary students with an opportunity to see what college life might be like. The students also learned about financial aid, scholarships and other resources available for college.

Sara Hagenah publishes chapter about science learning

Sara Hagenah, Boise State University
Sara Hagenah, assistant professor in the department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies, published a chapter in a book about the roles of teachers and students in formal and informal science learning settings.

The book, Reframing Science Teaching and Learning: Students and Educators Co-developing Science Practices In and Out of School, includes Hagenah’s chapter titled “Stakeholder Roles in an Action-Oriented Science”.

Click here to learn more about the book.

Intern teachers design lessons to support linguistic diversity

Spring 2017 Boise State Lesson Design SeminarBoise State intern teacher candidates attended a Lesson Design Seminar focused on supporting linguistic diversity on Monday, February 6th at the Meridian Center.

Led by Boise State faculty, the intern teachers learned how to effectively plan for linguistic diversity, academic language support, and EL instruction. Faculty also performed an ‘edudrama’ for the intern teacher group to model a collaborative planning session.

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.

For more information about programs in the Office of Teacher Education, please visit:

Drop-in Advising sessions now available!

Spring 2017 Boise State College of Education Drop-in Advising sessions
The Office of Teacher Education now offers Drop-in Advising sessions on Thursdays from 1:30-4:00pm. The sessions are open to any undergraduate student (at any point in the teacher education program), or anyone interested in learning more about teacher education.

The sessions are limited to 10 minutes or less, and are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Both of the College of Education advisors, Rachel Rowe and Martha Mendoza, will be available during the sessions.

To learn more about advising in the College of Education, please visit:

College of Education Scholarship Open House

2017 College of Education Scholarship Open House

The College of Education is hosting a Scholarship Open House on January 31, 2017 from 2:00-6:00pm. Undergraduate students are encouraged to drop in with their laptops to apply for scholarships. College of Education staff will be available to provide support and assistance.

WHO: Students who have completed their FAFSA for the 2017-2018 school year and are on the search for scholarships

WHEN: January 31, 2017, drop in anytime between 2:00-6:00pm

WHERE: Wallace Conference Room (Education Building, 7th floor)

HOW: Bring your laptop or rent one from The Zone for free to bring with you.

WHY: Finding and applying for scholarships take time. Where should you start? Come take a break from studying to invest time in your scholarship search and get some direction. Staff will be available to get you started and answer general questions.

Questions? Contact Martha Mendoza,, (208) 426-1605.

Click here to RSVP via Facebook.

Students Attend First Teacher Education Open House

College of Education, Teacher Education Open House, Eric Torres Photos

The Office of Teacher Education hosted the first Open House event for interested and current students on January 12th in the Student Union Building. The event started with a panel session with Q&A from the audience, followed by an open networking session.

The panel session included the following members:

  • Elementary Education program representative, Sherry Dismuke
  • Secondary Education program representative, Jim Fredericksen
  • Early and Special Education program representative, Deb Carter
  • IDoTeach program representative, Laurie Cavey
  • Teacher Education Ambassador officer, Ashley Bates
  • College of Education scholarships, Sara Fry

During the networking session, students had the opportunity to connect with representatives from the following programs and organizations:

  • College of Education Scholarships
  • Mathematics for Teachers Success
  • TRIO Teacher Prep
  • History, Economics
  • Art, Music, Theatre Arts
  • World Languages and English
  • IDoTeach
  • Elementary Education
  • Early and Special Education
  • Teacher Education Advising

Attending students expressed enthusiasm and excitement for the Open House. One student noted, “The networking opportunities were great. It was also very nice to have all the education staff at one place to answer questions about different aspects of the program. From advisers to professors, I was able to clear up any confusion I had about what I would be doing for the next three semesters.” Another student noted, “The casual feel of the open house was the best part of the event. It was welcoming and made it easy to talk to current students and faculty.”

College of Education, Teacher Education Open House, Eric Torres Photos

This was the first Open House hosted by the Office of Teacher Education, and future plans include hosting an open house event each semester. The next event is planned for the first week of the Fall 2017 semester. For more information, please contact Martha Mendoza, Director of Educator Success,, (208) 426-1605.

To see more pictures of the event, please click here to visit the Boise State College of Education Facebook page.

Teacher Education Application and Interview Workshops

The Office of Teacher Education is hosting ​Spring 2017 application and interview workshops:

Wednesday, January 18th, 4:30-5:30pm
Tuesday, January 24th, 10:30-11:30am
Saturday, January 28th, 11:30-12:30pm

All workshops will be held in the Wallace Conference Room, 7th Floor of the Education Building.

The workshop is open to anyone with questions about accessing and using the Taskstream system and/or applying to Teacher Education. Students are encouraged to attend with a laptop.

Applications to Teacher Education are due Friday, February 3rd, 2017.

For more information about the workshop, Taskstream, and/or Teacher Education applications, please contact Martha Mendoza, Director of Educator Success,
(208) 426-1605.

Spring 2017 Teacher Education Open House Event

2017 Teacher Education Open House

The Office of Teacher Education is hosting an Open House for current students 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 College of Education Alumni volunteers will also have information about how to get involved. Information about scholarships and support programs will also be available, as well as advisors who will be able to answer any questions.

Appetizers and refreshments will be served, and prize drawings for College of Education items will be held throughout the event.

When: January 12th, 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Lookout Room (in the Student Union Building)
Who: All current teacher education students


  • 5:40-5:45pm Open and Welcome from Dr. Jennifer Snow, Associate Dean for Teacher Education
  • 5:45-6:15pm Representative panel with Q & A from audience
  • 6:15-7:30pm Mingle, network and connect with program representatives, TEA student officers, and alumni chapter volunteers

Panel members (names will be updated):

  • Elementary education program representative
  • Secondary education program representative
  • Teacher Education Ambassador officer
  • Alumni chapter volunteer
  • TRIO Teacher Prep representative

Teacher Candidates Share Findings at Fall 2016 Inquiry Fair

Boise State Fall 2016 Inquiry Fair
Boise State intern teachers presented inquiry research findings at the Fall 2016 Inquiry Fair on November 28 at the Student Union Building.

Almost 90 intern teachers studying in elementary and secondary teacher preparation programs presented their findings at the two-hour event.

Examples of presentation titles include:

  • Supporting ELL Newcomers’ Language, Amanda Canan
  • Building Students’ Mathematical Confidence, Jieun Yang
  • Poetry and the Digital Native: Teaching Poetry to 8th Graders in the 21st Century, Adam Nunez
  • Writing Choice and Student Motivation, Victor Olivares
  • Effective Instructional Strategies to Manage Engagement and Behavior, Sierra Larsen

For a full list of presentations, click here for the program.

Boise State Fall 2016 Inquiry Fair

Intern Teachers Host Fall 2016 Differentiation Showcase

Fall 2016 Boise State Differentiation Showcase

Boise State teacher candidates presented instructional strategies at the Fall 2016 Differentiation Showcase on November 18 at the Student Union Building.

The Differentiation Showcase is presented each semester by intern teachers in the ED-CIFS 332 Elementary Classroom Management Skills course as a collaborative project with students from ED-CIFS 329 Assessment in Teaching and Learning.

Intern teachers select a teaching strategy they have learned during their coursework and identify ways to differentiate the strategy in order to meet the needs of diverse learners in the classroom.

Teacher candidates from the ED-CIFS 302 Learning and Instruction class also participated in the Showcase. They partnered with the elementary intern teachers and identified technology apps and resources to support the differentiated strategies.

Fall 2016 Boise State Differentiation Showcase
For more pictures from the Showcase, visit the Boise State College of Education Facebook page: