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College of Education Centers Celebrate 45 years of Combined Service

Boise State College of Education Centers

This year, the Center for Multicultural Educational Opportunities (CMEO) and the Center for School Improvement and Policy Studies (CSIPS) celebrate 45 years of combined service to students and teachers across Idaho and beyond.

For the past 25 years, the CMEO has served over 20,000 students and received over $42 million in grants. Established in 1991, the CMEO includes 12 federally funded programs that support students from pre-college enrollment to post-secondary graduation. The programs provide a pipeline of support for students from populations of low income and other non-traditional college-attending backgrounds.

The CSI&PS has served 92% of schools in Idaho and has received $62.2 million in grants and contracts. Celebrating 20 years of service this year, the CSI&PS helps to guide networks of school improvement efforts, and provide technical assistance to participating schools and communities.

Click here to learn more about CMEO.

Click here to learn more about CSI&PS.

Student Teachers Attend S-PAT Seminar

Boise State Teacher Education

Boise State student teachers attended a seminar on the Standard Performance Assessment for Teachers (S-PAT) at the Student Union Building on October 17. 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 assessment data and analysis.

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.

Click here to learn more about Teacher Education at Boise State.

Boise State Teacher Education

Employees Honored for Years of Service

Boise State College of Education

Boise State University employees were recognized and honored for their years of service at the annual Employee Recognition Luncheon held October 17 in the Student Union Building.

The luncheon was presented by the Association of Classified Employees, Professional Staff Association and the Department of Human Resources.

The following employees in the College of Education were recognized at the luncheon:

  • 5 Years of Service
    • Katie Bubak, Center for School Improvement and Policy Studies
    • Teri Carrigan, Office of the Dean
    • Megan Gebhart, IDoTeach
    • Maria Mabbutt, Center for Multicultural Educational Opportunities
    • Martha Mendoza, Office of Teacher Education
    • Shasta Oswald, Center for School Improvement and Policy Studies
  • 10 Years of Service
    • Joyce North, Boise State Children’s Center
  • 15 Years of Service
    • Jerry Foster, Department of Educational Technology
    • Katherine Weatherspoon, Center for School Improvement and Policy Studies
  • 20 Years of Service
    • Wayne Fischer, Center for Multicultural Educational Opportunities
  • 25 Years of Service
    • Kellie Branson, Department of Educational Technology
    • Alma Gomez-Firth, Center for Multicultural Educational Opportunities

New COED Faculty: Regina Moro

Regina Moro
Meet Regina Moro, an assistant professor in the Department of Counselor Education, and one of the newest faculty members in the College of Education.

What are your areas of teaching/interest/research?

My two main interest areas for scholarly inquiry relate to addictions counseling/interventions and counselor education and supervision. These areas are informed by my clinical work as an addictions counselor and through my own process of learning how to be a counselor. I hope to learn about best practices related to counselor education so we can continue to produce a strong workforce of multiculturally competent counselors.

What are some of your favorite things about Boise State?

Two things come to mind- the supportive community and the school spirit. I love going to the local grocery store and seeing almost everyone wearing Boise State t-shirts or buying one in the Bronco shop! I also love that the campus environment has a sense of community and support. I feel supported to grow in my own role as an educator and a scholar! There is a wealth of resources available for that growth.

When not working, where are you and what are you doing?

Since I am new to Boise and to Idaho, I have been exploring the local city and also the surrounding area. I love that I can hop on my bicycle and be any where in the city very easily. My partner and I, along with our dog, are usually out hiking on the weekends, finding some remote places and taking in the beauty of the area!

 

New COED Staff: Hannah Calvert

Hannah Calvert
Meet Hannah Calvert, an post-doctoral fellow for the Initiative for Healthy Schools, and one of the newest faculty members in the College of Education.

What are your areas of teaching/interest/research?

I do research on physical activity and nutrition to help improve health for children in schools.

What are some of your favorite things about Boise State?

I love that the campus is set up so well to encourage physical activity not only for the students, but also the staff. I see standing desks everywhere, walking meetings, and people who walk and bike commute. It’s a great active culture!

When not working, where are you and what are you doing?

I am on a bike ride, trying out a new restaurant, at the farmers market, checking out a weekend event, or on a hike with my partner and our dogs.

 

New COED Faculty: Raissa Miller

Raissa Miller
Meet Raissa Miller, an assistant professor in the Department of Counselor Education, and one of the newest faculty members in the College of Education.

What are your areas of teaching/interest/research?

Integrating neuroscience principles into counseling, lifespan development, evidenced-based treatments in addiction counseling

What are some of your favorite things about Boise State?

Dynamic energy, friendly and supportive people, and access to outdoor recreation

When not working, where are you and what are you doing?

Is there such a thing as not working? :) Spending time with my husband, daughter, and new puppy. We like to walk in the foothills or on the Greenbelt. We love skiing in the winter and kayaking on the Boise River in the summer.

Click here to learn more about Raissa’s research and publications.

New COED Faculty: Wanchen Chang

Wanchen Chang
Meet Wanchen Chang, an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies, and one of the newest faculty members in the College of Education.

What are your areas of teaching/interest/research?

I teach masters and doctoral level introductory and intermediate statistics. I also teach quantitative research methods. My primary area of research is the application and evaluation of multilevel models.

What are some of your favorite things about Boise State?

I like Boise State’s proximity to the river, the greenbelt, and downtown. I also like all the faculty and students I’ve had the pleasure of working with.

When not working, where are you and what are you doing?

When I am not working, I am riding my bike, trying out new restaurants, fostering kittens, relaxing on the couch, kayaking, and camping.

Click here to learn more about Wanchen’s research and publications.

Boise State alumnus featured on national news for ‘Education Effect’

Boise State alumnus, Donnie Hale ’01 and ’12, was featured on NBC Nightly News for his work as director of the Education Effect. Established in 2011 by Florida International University (FIU) and Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the Education Effect is a university supported community school partnership to improve educational outcomes in schools across the county.

The partnership includes embedding FIU faculty into local high schools to help increase access to university experiences for students. In one high school, the ‘Education Effect’ is credited with increasing the graduation rate by 18.5%.

Hale completed a Master of Education (MEd) in Curriculum and Instruction in 2001, and a Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Curriculum and Instruction in 2012.

Click here to learn more about the ‘Education Effect’ featured on NBC Nightly News.

College of Education Faculty Focus on Research

Boise State Research

Boise State University’s College of Education faculty are committed to comprehensive research agendas, including a $1 million National Science Foundation (NSF) award to increase access to computer science for after-school elementary program sites, a $2 million Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) award to serve English Learners in rural communities, and a $214,000 Health and Human Service (HHS) award to support underserved populations at risk for behavioral health disorders.

 

New COED Faculty: Julianne Wenner

Julianne Wenner
Meet Julianne Wenner, an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundational Studies, and one of the newest faculty members in the College of Education.

What are your areas of teaching/interest/research?

Teacher leadership, preservice teacher science education, elementary science education, qualitative research

What are some of your favorite things about Boise State?

There are so many opportunities to collaborate with people inside your department, but also outside of your department and college. I also feel like people are really open to trying new things, making new partnerships, and meeting the needs of the community.

When not working, where are you and what are you doing?

I’m at home with my family. :-)