Mar 30th, 2004 @ 9:11 am | Author:
Recently James Boe, Curriculum Development Specialist in the Technology Education Department at Valley City State University was named one of the 2004 Leaders to Watch in the March 2004 issue of the The Technology Teacher magazine.

James Boe joined the faculty of the Technology Education Department at Valley City State University in 2000 as a curriculum development specialist. Over the past three years he has helped develop the first online technology education program in the nation. He has enjoyed the challenge of creating online technology education courses with hands-on experiences that are accessible to anyone at a distance. Jim earned his Bachelor’s degree in Technology Education from Valley City State University and his Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of North Dakota.

His teaching career started in Texas where he taught at the Science Academy for South Texas Independent School District. While at the Science Academy, he served as the Advisor for the Technology Student Association, a Co-Advisor for Junior Engineering Technological Society and started the school’s radio station. From 1997-2000 he taught at Minot Public Schools in North Dakota. During his three years in Minot, he served as one of the regular coordinators who began the first TSA organization for the sate. He also served on the curriculum committee for Valley City State University Technology Education department. In 1999 he received the Young Educator award from the North Dakota Vocational Association.

Over the past three years, Jim has been very active with the state and national Technology Education Associations. He has been a presenter at the International Technology Education Association conference for the past three years and has been involved with workshops and planning for CATTS. In the state of North Dakota, he has organized workshops to in-service teachers on K-12 curriculum integration and Standards for Technology Literacy. A vignette of these workshops was included in Advancing Excellence in Technological Literacy, published in 2003. In addition, he has consulted for districts in his state to help them develop standards-based technology education curriculum.

Currently the Technology Education faculty at VCSU are working on partnerships to deliver baccalaureate and master’s programs via distance learning to other universities throughout the nation. Their goal is to provide accessible options for anyone who is seeking in-service training, or a Technology Education degree.