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News Update August 2012

Awards program to recognize outstanding teachers and counselors who mentor

Teachers or school counselors who also are outstanding mentors to their fellow educators will be honored at the second annual Celebration of Teaching—Mentors of the Year Award on Sept. 27.

class lectureThe program will recognize up to 25 excellent teachers and school counselors from among more than 50 public school districts who guide, support and encourage fellow educators in their pursuit of effective teaching and professional growth.

“Excellent mentors provide the spark that drives learning and innovation among students and teachers,” said Diane Boothe, dean of the College of Education at Boise State. “They represent the best of our profession.”

The awards program is a joint project of Boise State and its partners, including the Idaho State Department of Education, Idaho Education Association, Blaine County School District and Meridian School District.

The first Celebration of Teaching Awards in 2011 recognized 22 teachers for their leadership.

More information is available online at the Celebration of Teaching website.

For any questions, contact the College of Education at 426-1611 or 426-4857.

Idaho Leads’ fall projects advance leadership and learning

From a contest to design tomorrow’s classrooms to sharing best practices, the Idaho Leads Project (ILP) has a fistful of activities set for this fall that support Idaho schools from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Activities include:

MyFuture Student Tech Contest. ILP and the Idaho Technology Council are sponsoring a contest to design tomorrow’s classrooms. The contest is open to kindergarten through 12th-grade students. Students create videos that illustrate classrooms of the future. Prizes include scholarship money and classroom iPads.

Job-Alike Network, Coeur d’Alene, Sept. 25, Boise, Sept. 28, and Sun Valley, Oct. 2. The Idaho Leads Project will host day-long, Job-Alike Network meetings to help 49 school districts get better at getting better. The meetings include superintendents, trustees, parents, teachers and students who work together to develop high-performing schools where all students succeed.

Techtoberfest, Ketchum, Oct. 4-5. ILP and the Blaine County School District will present a two-day clinic to district teachers and 200 others from Eastern Idaho. Classes include technology integration, iPad implementation, video casting and other classes that promote student engagement and creativity.

The Idaho Leads Project is made up of a professional development team of Boise State University educators. The team provides school trustees, superintendents, principals, students and teachers from across the state with support to become more effective leaders and learners.

Boise State’s Center for School Improvement and Policy Studies (CSIPS) heads the project. The center was awarded a $3.85 million grant from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation to fund the project over 18 months.

For more information, visit the Idaho Leads Project website.

Rice to use Fulbright award to aid Poland’s online education

Poland and its people have long had a place in the hearts and history of the people of the United States. Poles Kazimierz Puaski and Tadeusz Kociuszko helped the American colonies win their independence from Great Britain. Between the 1890s and 1914, 4 million out of 22 million Poles immigrated to the United States.

Kerry Rice portrait

Kerry Rice

The Department of Educational Technology’s Kerry Rice is headed to Poland this fall, building ties between that nation and Boise State University.

Rice, associate professor, is traveling to Torun, Poland under a Fulbright award to work with the faculty of the Department of Didactics and Media in Education Faculty of Pedagogy at Nicolaus Copernicus University.

Over the five months she will spend at the university, Rice will use the award to help the education faculty design a curriculum that incorporates Internet-based technologies into teacher education. The curriculum development also will include teaching both faculty and prospective teachers how to teach online.

“The EdTech program at Boise State is perfectly suited to advance global associations and partnerships,” Rice said. “EdTech is one of the leading online graduate programs in the United States and has prepared more K-12 online teachers than any other program.”

Rice will be sending periodic reports about her experiences in Poland, some of which will appear as guest posts on the Dean’s blog.