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Teacher candidates share inquiry findings

Boise State intern teachers presented inquiry research findings at the Spring 2017 Inquiry Fair on April 17 at the Student Union Building.

Almost 60 intern teachers studying in elementary and secondary teacher preparation programs presented their findings at the two-hour event.

Examples of presentation titles include:

  • Writing Prompts and Student Engagement, Shanti Bagha
  • Parent Teacher Communications, Joel Huettig
  • Flexible Seating & Student Participation, Carla Winterholler
  • Second & Native Language Connections, Emily McNamee

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


College of Education celebrates successful 2017 Bronco Day

2017 Bronco Day, College of Education

More than 3,000 guests participated in the 2017 Bronco Day held at the main Boise State University campus on April 8, an increase of 22% in attendance compared to last year.

2017 Bronco Day, College of Education

There were over 150 individual activities with more than 1,000 faculty, staff and student volunteers, from every single undergraduate academic department at the university.

Departments and programs in the College of Education hosted activities in the first floor of the Education Building, with support from the Teacher Education Ambassadors student organization. Over 200 participants and their guests signed in at the college, and they learned about various teacher education programs and resources.

The official Boise State 2017 Bronco Day video:

For additional pictures of the event, please visit the Boise State College of Education Facebook page:

Teacher candidates present strategies at Spring 2017 differentiation fair

Spring 2017 Differentiation Fair

Boise State teacher candidates presented instructional strategies at the Spring 2017 Differentiation Fair on April 11 at the Student Union Building.

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

Secondary education teacher candidates enrolled in the ED-CIFS 502 Comparative Education course also attended. The ED-CIFS 502 graduate students are also studying differentiated instruction. They provided peer feedback and engaged in conversations around effective instructional strategies.

Spring 2017 Differentiation Fair

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.