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Boise State Teacher Candidates Attend Inquiry Seminar

COED, Intern Scaffolding, for Carrie Semmelroth, Carrie Quinney photo

Fall 2016 Intern Scaffolding Seminar

Around 80 elementary and secondary teacher candidates attended an inquiry scaffolding seminar on August 29 at the Boise State Meridian Center. Led by Boise State Teacher Education faculty, teacher candidates engaged in inquiry-based thinking and practice activities.



COED, Intern Scaffolding, for Carrie Semmelroth, Carrie Quinney photo

Fall 2016 Intern Scaffolding Seminar

During their intern teaching semester, teacher candidates will investigate a line of inquiry and present their findings at the upcoming Inquiry Roundtable on November 28th from 3:30-5:30pm in the SUB Lookout Room. The Inquiry Roundtable will be open to all students interested in teacher education.

Teachers Sought for Children’s Choice Book Project

Stan Steiner, professor of literacy, is looking for K-6 teachers in the Treasure Valley who want to participate in the International Reading Association Children’s Choices Book Project. The project has identified only five sites in the nation, and Steiner was selected as a coordinator in the Boise area.

Participating teachers will help distribute books to their students to read and provide feedback. Then more than $65,000 in new 2016 books are given to participating teachers at the end of the project.

Graduate credit is available. To participate, contact Steiner at 426-3962  or by email at

Boise State Hosts Mentor Teacher Orientation

rsz_internmentors2016_008 Yesterday Boise State Teacher Education hosted a Mentor Teacher Orientation for partner school districts involved with field experience placements for the 2016-2017 school year. Over 65 mentor teachers and school administrators from West Ada, Boise, Nampa, Kuna, and other surrounding school districts attended the event.

Mentor teachers were invited to discuss best practices of mentoring in a co-teaching model, review expectations of working with teacher candidates, and meet university liaisons.


College of Education Bronco Welcome Advising Event

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The College of Education is hosting an advising “Meet, Greet and Treat” event during Bronco Welcome week. On Thursday, August 25 from 4:00 – 5:30pm, students are invited to meet their advisors/program faculty, connect with members from the Teacher Ambassador student organization, and gain information about their programs, applying to teacher education, applying to the Professional Year, etc. Ice cream bars, popsicles and cookies will be provided. The event will be outside in the front of the Education Building.

For more information about the event and other Bronco Welcome activities, visit:

Researchers Present Results from $71,500 Grant


Diana Doumas at the 2016 Clinical and Translational Research–Infrastructure Network Conference

Diana Doumas, professor in the Department of Counselor Education, and Susan Esp, associate professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Health, presented at the annual Clinical and Translational Research–Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN) conference at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Their presentation, titled “Efficacy of a Web-Based Alcohol Intervention for High School Students”, was funded by a $71,500 pilot CTR-IN grant.

Boise State McNair Scholars Program Honors Graduates at 13th Annual Recognition Reception

Spring 2016 Boise State McNair scholars

Spring 2016 Boise State McNair Scholars

The Boise State McNair Scholars Program hosted its 13th annual Recognition Reception to celebrate its Spring 2016 graduating scholars on May 6th in the Student Union Building.

The reception is held to honor graduates for their hard work and dedication to scholarship. The keynote speakers at this year’s event were Rosaura Conley-Estrada, Boise State associate professor of sociology, and Boise State McNair alumna Cindy McCrea.

The Boise State McNair Scholars Program begins with a highly competitive application process leading to a 2-year academic enrichment seminar, including intensive faculty directed research. The rigor and success of the program is exemplified in the Spring 2016 graduates’ achievements:

  • All scholars were accepted into graduate programs around the country including University of California Berkeley, George Washington University, University of Arizona, Northwestern University, Georgia State, and Syracuse University.
  • All scholars who have confirmed their Fall 2016 placement are either fully funded through their program, have external funding, or scholarship opportunities to pay for their graduate studies.
  • Kelly Schutt is Boise State’s first recipient of the highly prestigious and competitive Marshall Scholarship providing him the opportunity to pursue a doctorate in philosophy from Oxford University.
  • Timothy Hibbard was a recipient of Boise State’s competitive Top Ten Scholar award and will be attending Michigan State University, fully funded, to pursue a PhD in Political Science.

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is a federally funded TRIO grant that provides educational opportunities to first generation, low income, and students underrepresented in doctoral programs.

Click here to learn more about the McNair Scholars Program at Boise State University. 

College of Education Celebrates First Graduates From Two New Advanced Programs

Spring Commencement, Graduation, John Kelly photo.

Donna Ledford is the principal of Starling Elementary School outside Atlanta, Georgia, and is one of the first graduates of the new EdD in Educational Technology program.

The first graduates of two new advanced programs in the College of Education were recognized at Boise State’s 98th Commencement ceremony May 7 in Taco Bell Arena.

The EdD in Educational Technology and EdS in Educational Leadership programs graduated their first cohorts, with graduates from across Idaho and beyond.

The College of Education offered Boise State’s first doctoral program, an Ed.D., beginning in 1992. At Saturday’s ceremony, the college continued that tradition of innovation by graduating Donna Ledford, Patty McGinnis, Dwayne Ockel, Kellie Taylor and Sarah Rich, the first cohort from the fully online Ed.D. in educational technology program.

The College of Education also graduated the first 10 students from the education specialist in educational leadership program which aims to help meet the increasing need to prepare educational leaders at the district level. The graduates work in school districts across Idaho :

Greg Alexander: Superintendent, Garden Valley School District
Janet Avery: Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development
Mark Bates: Principal, Hibbard Elementary School, Madison School District
Lyle Bayley: Superintendent, Castleford School District
Kim Bekkedahl: Assistant Superintendent, Kuna School District
Kaly Gillette Shippen: Assistant Principal/Athletic Director, Jerome High School
Tim Jensen: Middle/High School Principal, Wilder School District
Dave Kirby: Principal, Park Intermediate School, Weiser School District
Angie Oparnico: Assistant Principal, Buhl High School
Ryan Bowman: Principal, Buhl High School

President Kustra ‘Mentors the Mentors’ at TRIO SSP Event


From left to right: Andrés Correa, Natalee Garduño, President Bob Kustra, Rahim Osman and Nallely Ramirez.

Boise State University President Bob Kustra met with the TRIO Student Success Program (SSP) peer mentors this morning at the Student Union Building to support their efforts and share advice.

President Kustra shared his personal experience as a first-generation student, his career as Boise State, and ‘mentored the mentors’ during the hour-long event.

Natalee Garduño, a TRIO SSP peer mentor, said President Kustra “knows how to connect to everyone in the room and listens wholeheartedly”.

TRIO SSP is a federal grant program through the Department of Education, and supports retention and graduation of 180 first generation and/or limited income students at Boise State. To learn more about TRIO SSP, visit the website:

Teacher Candidates Present Strategies at Spring 2016 Differentiation Fair

Sofia Soto presented the 'hint board' strategy at the Spring 2016 Differentiation Fair on April 19.

Sofia Soto presented the ‘hint board’ strategy at the Spring 2016 Differentiation Fair on April 19.

Boise State teacher candidates presented instructional strategies at the Spring 2016 Differentiation Fair on April 19 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.

Ryan Keenan presented the 'jigsaw' strategy at the Spring 2016 Differentiation Fair at the Student Union Building on April 19.

Ryan Keenan presented the ‘jigsaw’ strategy at the Spring 2016 Differentiation Fair at the Student Union Building on April 19.

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.

Elementary Teacher Candidates Engage in Innovative Preparation

The ED-CIFS 333 Elementary Science Methods class taught by Julianne Wenner has partnered with Grace Jordan Elementary to provide teacher candidates opportunities to plan and teach elementary science using the Supported Collaborative Teaching Model (SCTM).

Grace Jordan students and ED-CIFS 333 teacher candidates Working with elementary students three times throughout the semester (partnering with grades 3, 4, and 5), the teacher candidates plan and implement 15-minute hands-on science lessons. For example, when working with third graders on the topic of weather, the teacher candidates taught lessons related to air pressure, inversion in Boise, buildings that can withstand floods, and reading weather maps. Because students rotate through the centers in small groups, teacher candidates have eight opportunities to teach the same lesson, allowing them to modify and refine their teaching strategies and have multiple opportunities for success. Additionally, teacher candidates video record each other, providing the opportunity to reflect on their teaching later.

Grace Jordan and ED-CIFS 333Teacher candidates have responded positively to the SCTM, sharing comments such as, “I love being able to go out to schools and test our teaching skills,” and “I love getting to learn about the content and then actually put it in action in a classroom and with create my own lessons.” With the support of the principal and teachers at Grace Jordan, Wenner hopes to expand to the collaboration to all grade levels next year.

To see more photos, visit the Boise State College of Education Facebook page.