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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. :-)

New COED Faculty: Esther Enright

Esther Enright
Meet Esther Enright, 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 education; Instructional core practices; Access, equity and excellence in STEM education for underserved communities; Building capacity to serve students with refugee status; Teaching across identity difference

What are some of your favorite things about Boise State?

My colleagues. They are the most thoughtful, supportive, and energized faculty and staff I could ask for and they are commitment to improving not only access to but the experience of schooling for all students.

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

I’m enjoying the fantastic outdoor culture of Boise. Everything from how nearly all the local coffee shops, pubs, and restaurants spill out onto patios and sidewalks to the hiking paths in the foothills. The music, art, and other cultural festivals are fun. The sunshine and incredible weather make all that accessible nearly year round.

Boise State and Boise (the city) are two wonderfully surprising places. I feel very grateful to have the opportunity to work, live and play here.

New COED Faculty: Jeremy Ford

Jeremy Ford portraitMeet Jeremy Ford, an assistant professor in the Department of Early and Special Education, and one of the newest faculty members in the College of Education.

What are your areas of teaching/interest/research?

My primary teaching interests are in assessment and evaluation as well as in the introduction, or foundations, of special education. My research interests include: Curriculum-based measurement, explicit instruction, postsecondary transition and education for students with disabilities, program evaluation, and Response to Intervention / Multi-Tiered System of Support.

What are some of your favorite things about Boise State?

My favorite thing about Boise State has been the helpful and friendly people I’ve worked and collaborated with. I also enjoy the view of the river and foothills from the College of Education (and the warm weather).

When not working, where are you and what are you doing?
I enjoy spending time with my wife and our four boys. During the week we’re busy trying to get everyone where they need to be, but most weekends we try to find some time to enjoy being outside. There’s so much to do in Boise!

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

New COED Faculty: Katherine Wright

Katherine Wright

Meet Katherine Wright, an assistant professor in the Department of Literacy, Language and Culture, and one of the newest faculty members in the College of Education.

What are your areas of teaching/interest/research?

I teach literacy assessment and foundations. My research interests include writing development, disciplinary literacy, and writing-to-learn.

What are some of your favorite things about Boise State?

I love the friendly, supportive environment!

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

I enjoy hiking and skiing, so this is a great place to be! I’m really enjoying exploring Boise and finding all that it has to offer!

Two COED Alumni Receive Educator Excellence STEM Award

Sonia Galaviz

Melyssa Ferro

Two College of Education alumni have been selected to receive the Industry’s Excellent Educators Dedicated to STEM (INDEEDS) award. Melyssa Ferro ’99, teaches in the Caldwell School District, and Sonia Galaviz ’05, teaches in the Boise School District. Both teachers will receive a check for $2,000, and their schools will also receive $2,000 from the Idaho STEM Action Center.

Read more about Ferro and Galaviz and the awards they have been selected to receive at IdahoEd News.

New COED Faculty: Laura Gallo

Laura Gallo, new faculty postcard

Meet Laura Gallo, 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?

I am interested in researching suicide prevention and intervention in K-12 schools as well as suicide risk assessment with counselors-in-training. I also have interest in researching how we conduct supervision in counselor education.

I enjoy teaching the Introduction to School Counseling course as well as Group Counseling and Child/Adolescent Counseling.

What are some of your favorite things about Boise State?

I love the welcoming environment of Boise State – the faculty, staff, and students are awesome. I am also enjoying the beautiful campus, and of course, the mountains outside my window!

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

I am trying to get outdoors as much as possible and take advantage of the trails in the area. I love hiking and mountain biking. I’ve also managed to float down the Boise River a few times this summer. I also enjoy yoga. In the colder months, I enjoy reading and watching movies.

New COED faculty: Sara Hagenah

Sara Hagenah portraitMeet Sara Hagenah, 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?

My research is deeply engaged with school-community partnerships and aims to collaboratively advance ambitious and equitable STEM teaching and learning. I teach secondary science methods and graduate level equity in STEM Education courses. I coordinate the graduate secondary certification and MS in STEM Education programs.

What are some of your favorite things about Boise State?

I love the students and my colleagues at Boise State. The students are eager to think about how to focus on students’ ideas in science learning spaces. My colleagues are there to support me and work through ideas with me that pertain to my research and teaching.

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

When I am not working I am with my family on the foothills.

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

Intern Teachers Attend Lesson Design Seminar

Fall 2016 intern teachers attend lesson design seminar

Fall 2016 intern teachers attend lesson design seminar

Boise State intern teachers attended a Lesson Design Seminar to become more familiar with the Boise State Lesson Design Template on Monday, September 19th at the Student Union Building.

Led by teacher education faculty and liaisons, the intern teachers learned how to scaffold the lesson planning process from simple to more complex.

They rotated through faculty-led informational groups on the following topics: language targets, alignment mapping, planning for core practices and differentiation.

 

EdTech Alumna Wins Distinguished Educator Award

unnamed-1A native of South Carolina, Alyson Nelson ’13, has been impacting high school students in the science classroom for ten years. She completed her undergraduate work at Clemson University, followed by a teaching position at Mauldin High School in South Carolina teaching biology, environmental science, and human anatomy and physiology. During her time at Mauldin, she completed a Masters of Educational Technology degree and a graduate certificate in School Technology Coordination in the Department of Educational Technology at Boise State.

In 2013, Alyson was hired to develop a signature STEM Lab at the newly opened Nikola Tesla STEM High School in Redmond, WA. Over the past few years, students in the program have won numerous awards, collaborated and interned with industry professionals, achieved entry into prestigious universities, and began their pursuits of careers in the medical field.

Alyson was recently named a Paul Allen Distinguished Educator and was awarded $25,000 by the program in recognition for her pioneering work in education. Through the ADE program, Alyson created a DIY guide and two Roadmaps with practical advice and guidance for educators on how to bring more innovative education practices to the classroom:

She was subsequently featured in a microdocumentary about her work (see video below).

Click here to learn more about Alyson.