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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).

Learn more by visiting Alyson’s page on the Allen Distinguished Educators website

Fourth Friday Research Talks Begin September 23

Fourth Friday Research Talk

The 2016-2017 Fourth Friday Research Talk series in the College of Education will begin on September 23rd from 2:30-4:00pm in the Wallace room (Education Building, room 724).

There will be two presenters at the September 23rd talk:

  • Wanchen Chang, Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Foundational Studies
    The performance of multilevel models when outcome data are incomplete
  • Applied researchers often encounter problems with missing data. We conducted a Monte Carlo simulation study to examine the effects of missing outcome data on univariate and multivariate analysis of group mean differences in the context of a two-group multilevel design with two correlated outcomes.

  • Keith Thiede, Associate Dean, College of Education
    How effectively do 7th graders regulate study?
  • Self-regulated learning requires accurate monitoring of learning and effective regulation of learning. Little is known about how effectively younger readers regulate their study. We examined how 7th grade students selected texts for restudy, and how these decisions affected overall comprehension.

    To learn more, click here to visit the Fourth Friday Research Talk website.

    Taskstream Workshop: Tuesday, September 13, 1-2pm in Wallace


    The Office of Teacher Education is hosting a Taskstream Orientation Workshop on Tuesday, September 13 from 1-2pm in the Wallace Room (7th floor, Education Building).

    The workshop is open to anyone with questions about accessing and using the Taskstream system. Students and faculty are encouraged to attend.

    The Office of Teacher Education also encourages students who are applying to Teacher Education to begin the application process now, and attend the workshop with specific questions after establishing a Taskstream account.

    For more information about the workshop, Taskstream, and/or Teacher Education applications, please contact Lori Pierce-French,, (208) 426-1528.

    Click here to visit the Office of Teacher Education website.

    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: