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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.

Teacher Education Career Fair Brings Candidates and Districts Together

COED, Career Fair, Spring 2016, Carrie Quinney photo

Teacher candidates receive information from district presentations during the ‘share out’ session.

Boise State Teacher Education and the Career Center co-hosted the 2016 Boise State Teacher Education Career Fair yesterday in the Student Union Building, with over 35 school districts from Idaho and Oregon in attendance.

Boise State student teacher candidates who are scheduled to graduate this May met with districts to fill teaching positions for elementary and secondary education, as well as areas considered ‘high-need’ in special education and STEM education.

The event featured a ‘share out’ portion for the first half which each district/organization briefly presented to the group of candidates. The second part of the fair included the ‘walkabout’ session with candidates networking with potential employers. Interviews were conducted on-site throughout the day, and some candidates received offers of employment.

The next Boise State Teacher Education Career Fair is scheduled for Spring 2017.

To see additional photos from the career fair, please visit the College of Education Facebook page.

COED, Career Fair, Spring 2016, Carrie Quinney photo

Districts/organizations and teacher candidates network during the ‘walkabout’ session of the career fair

College of Education to Partner on Community Transformation Project

Transforming Communities Initiatives Grant, College Of Education, Whitney Community Center, Photo Patrick Sweeney

Left to right: Dr. Bechara Choucair, Senior Vice President for Safety Net and Community Health Trinity Health; Rebecca Lemmons, Director of Community Impact, United Way of Treasure Valley; Lindsey Turner, College of Education, Boise State University; Mayor David Bieter, City of Boise; Photo Patrick Sweeney

The College of Education’s new Program Evaluation and Research Lab (PEARL) has been selected to support the project evaluation of a three-year, $1.5 million grant awarded to the “Promise Partnership” program in the Treasure Valley. Lindsey Turner, research associate professor, and director of the College’s Initiative for Healthy Schools, will serve as the external evaluator for the project and will also be a part of the planning team to help develop the action plans.

The Treasure Valley was selected as one of six communities in the country funded by Trinity Health through their “Transforming Communities Initiative.” Trinity Health is the parent organization for Saint Alphonsus Health System, which is a key collaborating organization in Promise Partnerships.
The Promise Partnership is a collaborative effort being led by United Way of Treasure Valley and, in addition to Saint Alphonsus, also includes many partner organizations, cities, and school districts. An important element of the partnership efforts will be to improve the well-being and educational outcomes of residents of the Treasure Valley, particularly focusing on economically-challenged local communities and cities.

The funding from Trinity Health will focus on Policy, Systems, and Environment (PSE) approaches to address the two top preventable causes of disease in the United States: 1) tobacco use and 2) obesity. PSE approaches focus on implementing health-promoting policies and practices in the settings where people live, work, learn, and play. Collaborations with schools, childcare settings, and workplaces will be an essential feature of this project.

HEP and CAMP Showcase Connects Students with Local Employers for Career Development Opportunities

HEP/CAMP 2016 Student Showcase, Photo by Allison Corona

HEP/CAMP 2016 Student Showcase, Photo by Allison Corona

Boise State’s High School Equivalency Program (HEP) and College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) students met with area employers to promote career development on March 3rd at the Student Union Building.

At the event, students networked with local professionals about career choices, job opportunities, and summer internships.

Over 50 guests from private, government, and non-profit sectors and engaged with students to learn about work prospects in education, business, health, social science, engineering, and more.

HEP/CAMP 2016 Student Showcase, Photo by Allison Corona

HEP/CAMP 2016 Student Showcase, Photo by Allison Corona

HEP and CAMP are part of the Center for Multicultural and Educational Opportunities (CMEO) in the College of Education and are funded by the U.S. Department of Education to support students from farmworker backgrounds. HEP helps students attain a GED and upon graduation places them in job, education, or military opportunities. CAMP helps students complete a college education. CAMP offers financial support the first year as well as academic and personal support until students graduate. The program also helps participants secure jobs, internships, grants, and scholarships to finance college.