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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.


Doctoral Candidate Leads Feature Presentation at Bilingual Conference

IABE 2016 Conference

Belma Sadikovic, right, led the feature presentation at the Idaho Association for Bilingual Educators conference on February 4th.

Belma Sadikovic, a candidate in the doctoral program in curriculum and instruction, led the feature presentation: Starting Over Again-The Refugee Experience in Boise Idaho, at the Idaho Association for Bilingual Educators conference opening night Thursday, February 4th. The documentary was introduced Belma Sadikovic, who came to the United States as a refugee, and by Claudia Peralta, professor in the Department of Literacy, Language and Culture, who supervised the project. A panel discussion of current and former Boise State and College of Western Idaho students who came as refuges followed the film.

COED Alumni Recognized for Excellence in Teaching

Boise State College of Education Alumni recently received awards that recognize excellence in teaching.

Melyssa Ferro ’99 was named the 2016 Idaho Teacher of the Year. Ferro teaches science at Syringa Middle School in the Caldwell School District, and was recently honored at a “Celebration of Teaching” reception at Boise State. In 2015 she received both the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, and Caldwell Teacher of the Year.

Melyssa Ferro, 2016 Idaho Teacher of the Year (left), and Susan Shadle, 2015 Professor of the Year

Melyssa Ferro, 2016 Idaho Teacher of the Year (left), and Susan Shadle, 2015 Professor of the Year (right)

Casey Lindorfer ’13 was recognized as one of the 50 instrumental music directors across the country who “make a difference” by School Band and Orchestra. Learn more about the ‘big difference’ Lindorfer is making in this story by Idaho Ed News.

2015 Pesky Award for Inspirational Teaching Recipients (video)

The 2015 Pesky Awards for Inspirational Teaching was presented to four outstanding Idaho teachers at Winter Commencement:

  • Sheryce Davis, Owyhee Elementary School, Boise School District
  • Rich Lapp, Timberline High School, Boise School District
  • Mary McGuire, Horizon Elementary School, Boise School District, and
  • Brooke Roy, Rocky Mountain High School, West Ada School District.

Lee and Wendy Pesky, founders of the Lee Pesky Learning Center, created the Pesky Award for Inspirational Teaching with Boise State University’s College of Education through a mutual vision to honor and recognize inspiring teachers. This is the only known award of its kind in the country.

Teacher Candidates Prepare for Intern Teacher Semester

Over 60 elementary and secondary teacher candidates attended an orientation seminar on January 7 in the Student Union Building to prepare for their upcoming intern teacher semester. Intern teachers were introduced to expectations for their professional year, completed Framework for Teaching teacher evaluation activities, and met with their university liaisons to discuss first week and semester activities.

Spring 2016 Intern Teacher Orientation

Delaney Martin, Boise State teacher candidate at the Spring 2016 Intern Teacher Orientation

Delaney Martin, an intern teacher placed at Lake Hazel Middle School for Spring 2016 said she was looking forward to the first day of school on January 11. “I’m excited to start working with students to see what they can teach me” said Martin.

The Office of Teacher Education has 28 formal partnerships with schools in the Treasure Valley for Spring 2016. Some partner schools are also assigned specific Boise State University liaisons who work with multiple teacher candidates, as well as ‘liaison in residence’ mentor teachers.

Teachers Receive $2,500 Pesky Award for Inspirational Teaching

The 2015 Pesky Award for Inspirational Teaching (PAIT) recipients were honored at a luncheon at Boise State University following Winter Commencement on Saturday, December 19.

Each recipient received a $2000 award, and their schools received a $500 award (presented to the building principal). The PAIT highlights teachers who inspired their students to go on to become teachers themselves. Only Office of Teacher Education students in their junior or senior year at Boise State are eligible to nominate teachers for the annual award, and all four of this year’s honorees came from the Boise and West Ada school districts.

The award was presented to the following four teachers and their schools:

Sheryce Davis from Owyhee Elementary School

Sheryce Davis, Owyhee Elementary School, Boise School District; 5th and 6th grade general education teacher. Nominated by Amber Bigelow, who said, “After years of frustration and feeling like we couldn’t help our own daughter, Mrs. Davis looked at us at our daughter’s 3rd grade parent teacher conference and said she would be an advocate for our daughter as long as she needs it, even into college. I cried the whole way home from that life-changing meeting.”


Rich Lapp from Timberline High School

Rich Lapp, Timberline High School, Boise School District; 10th-12th grade choir teacher. Kara Brocksome nominated Lapp and said he pushed his students to be better every day. “He taught me that caring and patience is key to being a good teacher. He led with love and high expectations that showed his students that he cared about our success as students and as future citizens of the community.”


Mary McGuire from Horizon Elementary School


Mary McGuire, Horizon Elementary School, Boise School District; Reading specialist. Stephani Pickkett nominated McGuire and said, “It was during her class that I understood that an education could never be taken from you, and that an education would be the only thing that could help you rise above your circumstances. I knew then that I would become a teacher.”


Brooke Roy from Rocky Mountain High School

Brooke Roy, Rocky Mountain High School, West Ada School District; 9th-12th grade psychology, English teacher. Lauren Denny nominated Roy and said she wants to emulate the enthusiasm Roy brought to her classroom. “Now on the other side of education, I see her methods and understand why they were effective. I love the way she was able to go the extra mile for her students.”


Alan Pesky said the award was created in response to national education reform.

“Wendy and I established the Pesky Award for Inspirational Teaching five years ago to express our belief in the important role we feel teachers play in the future of our country. We believe there is nothing more important in this regard than the K-12 teachers of a child. It is our desire to do what we can to give the teaching profession the respect we believe it rightfully deserves by establishing this award.” Alan and Wendy Pesky founded the Lee Pesky Learning Center, headquartered in Boise, in honor of their son Lee, who died in 1995 at age 30 from a brain tumor.