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About Heather P. Williams

Dr. Heather Williams is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Foundational Studies at Boise State University. She is the Program Coordinator for the Executive Educational Leadership program which is designed to teach and prepare working-professionals for Idaho Superintendent Certification and district level leadership positions. Williams has spent over twenty five years in Idaho public education serving as a teacher, coach, building administrator, district administrator, professor in teacher education, and as a district superintendent. Dr. Williams served multiple years as the Legislative Chair of the Idaho Association of School Administrators and served as a regional officer for the Idaho School Superintendents Association. She consults and provides training to teachers, school district leaders, and school boards across Idaho and nationally. Dr. Williams holds a bachelor of science degree in secondary education from Idaho State University; a master’s degree in educational leadership from University of Idaho; and a doctorate in education from the University of Idaho.

Positions

2015 - Present Assistant Professor, Boise State University Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Foundational Studies
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2014 - 2015 Clinical Faculty, Boise State University Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Foundational Studies
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2008 - 2014 Superintendent of Schools, Gooding Joint School District #231
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2002 - 2013 Consultant, Idaho Digital Learning Academy
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2008 - 2009 Principal, Gooding Joint School District #231
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2007 - 2008 Assistant Professor, Idaho State University ‐ Department of Education
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2006 - 2007 Adjunct Faculty Member, Idaho State University ‐ Department of Education
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Research Interests


Grants

2018 - 2019 Subscribers Grant
Network of Leaders and Learners
Role: Principal Investigator
$116,725
2017 - 2019 Principal Investigator for Idaho Mastery Education Network Service Grant
Idaho Department of Education
$276,266
2017 - 2018 21 CCLC Grant Evaluation
Idaho Department of Education
Role: Principal Investigator
$18,500
2016 - 2018 Subscribers Grant.
Leads Learning Network
Role: Principal Investigator
$639,384
2015 - 2016 Subscribers Grant
Idaho Leads Learning Network
Role: Principal Investigator
$220,710
2015 - 2015 Capacity Building Review of Project Leadership
J.A. & Kathryn Albertson Foundation
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
$11,500
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2016 - Present Lead Evaluator for Idaho State Department, Program Evaluations for 21st Century Learning Community Centers Grants
2014 - Present School Board training, strategic planning, finance, superintendent evaluations a, Consulting for various school boards
2014 - Present Professional development services, capacity building, and coaching for teacher a, Consulting for various school districts
Present Member, American Association of School Administrators
Present Member, American Educational Research Association
Present Member, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development
Present Member, Idaho Association for School Administrators
Present Member, Idaho School Superintendent's Association
Present Member, Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association
Present Member, Rotary International
2018 - 2019 Committee Member and Accreditation Team Member, AdvancEd Engagement Review Committee for the Middleton School District in Idaho.
2018 - 2018 Served as a Mentor during AERA in New York, The William L. Boyd National Educational Politics Workshop.
2017 - 2018 Committee member and accreditation team member, AdvancEd Engagement Review Committee for the West Palm Beach County School District in Florida
2017 - 2018 Reviewer for journal manuscripts, International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership
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Honors and Awards

  • 1999-2000 - Teacher of the Year, Gooding Joint School District #231
  • 2001 - Conservation Teacher of the Year, Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Department of Agriculture
  • 2003 - Secondary Science Teacher of the Year, Idaho Science Teachers Association
  • 2000-2004 - Idaho Student Councils Outstanding Service Award, Idaho Association of School Administrators
  • 2004 - Idaho Governor's Industry Award for Notable Teaching in Science
  • 2008-2013 - National Top 1% for Digital School Leadership, National School Boards Association
  • 2009, 2011 - National District of Excellence Award, School Nutrition Association
  • 2010 - Farm to School Produce Leader, State of Idaho
  • 2010 - Idaho Top 10 Leader in School Wellness, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, Idaho SDE
  • 2010 - Governor's Brightest Star Award, Governor and First Lady Otter
  • 2010 - USDA Gold of Distinction Award, USDA Healthier US School Challenge
  • 2011 - 40 Accomplished Idahoans Under 40, Idaho Business Review
  • 2011 - Celebration for Excellence in Child Wellness, First Lady of the United States, White House
  • 2011 - Women in Leadership Award, American Association of School Administrators
  • 2011-2012 - National District of Excellence Award, School Nutrition Association
  • 2017-2018 - ASSERT Fellow, Boise State University
  • 2017 - Golden Apple Award, Associated Students of Boise State University


Education

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2008 Ph.D. - Education, University of Idaho
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2005 M.Ed. - Educational Leadership, University of Idaho
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1995 B.S. - Secondary Education (Biological Sciences and Psychology; Minor: Social Sciences and English), Idaho State University
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Articles (3)

Technical & Research Reports (5)

Presentations (11)