College of Education News
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.
The College of Education, Boise State Alumni Association, and the K-12 Professional Development Program teamed up May 2nd to host a celebration honoring the teacher education graduating class of 2018. Professors and administrators from the College of Education attended as mentors and supporters, reminisced with students about their time in the program, and gave advice to graduates as they took the next step into their future as teachers in the classroom.
The celebration recognized the camaraderie that is built among teacher education students, and the continued support offered by Boise State as students become teaching professionals. Jennifer Weddel, Program Manager for the K-12 Professional Development Program says, “The K-12 Teacher Professional development department feels strongly that we are here to support teachers as they venture into the profession not only through meaningful professional development, but through a community. Students may be leaving Boise State upon graduation, but we are never leaving them.”
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
The College of Education doctoral program celebrated its 25th anniversary April 3rd. The event featured faculty and alumni from 1993-2018 who represented both the doctoral program in curriculum and instruction, and the college’s newest doctoral program in educational technology.
The doctoral program at Boise State was created in 1993 to fill a need for educators looking to advance their studies in the Treasure Valley. Graduates of the doctoral program have become leaders in public education and school improvement, and bring their advanced expertise in education to work as school principals, university professors, as well as private businesses and organizations.
Past students remembered how the program brought them together with like-minded and committed fellow educators with whom they built friendships and support throughout their time in the program. “The people in the doctoral program are what I remember most,” said Laurie Wolfe ‘05, Chief Academic Officer, Gem Innovation Schools. “My favorite part of the doctoral program was reading and having a group of educators with a wide range of experiences to discuss current education topics with. Everyone brought their own expertise and perspectives to the program and it made the experience much richer.”
The Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction was the first doctoral degree program at Boise State University. As of Spring 2018, the College of Education has conferred doctoral degrees to 139 students.
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 fall 2017 program (pdf).
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.