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Idaho Building Capacity



The purpose of the Idaho Building Capacity Project (IBC) is to support districts as they build their capacity to implement sustainable school improvement strategies with fidelity. Capacity Builders (CBs) support the self-directed learning of district and school leadership teams through effective coaching and consulting strategies that facilitate improvement and change. IBC aligns with the best practices of the Nine Characteristics of High Performing Schools. IBC aligns with the best practices of the Nine Characteristics of High Performing Schools.

IBC is sponsored and directed by the Idaho State Department of Education.
Services are designed and delivered in partnership with regional school improvement centers at Boise State University, Idaho State University and the University of Idaho.


Idaho Building Capacity partners with school and district leadership to create sustainable, collaborative systems that promote student achievement. The four goals of IBC are high student achievement, continuous school improvement, building leadership capacity, and sustainability.


Idaho Building Capacity supports schools and districts to continuously increase student achievement.

IBC Tenets

We believe that educators and community members have the capability to address the issues affecting the performance of their students; the Capacity Builder’s role is to support the self-directed learning of educators through effective coaching strategies that facilitate change.

We believe that it is essential to use multiple sources of data to inform our coaching. The Capacity Builder’s role is to support the understanding and application of student data by educators in order to facilitate root cause analysis and precision goal setting.

We believe that our role is to be well informed regarding the most current effective models of leadership and instructional practices and to share and model these practices with the educators we serve.

Idaho Building Capacity


Lori Furgerson – Associate Director

Shasta Oswald – School Improvement Coordinator



State of Idaho Department of Education
Idaho State University
University of Idaho Coeur d'Alene


State Department of Education

Karen Seay
Federal Programs Director
(208) 332-6978

Tyson Carte
School Improvement & Educator Effectiveness Coordinator
(208) 332-6917

Regions 1 & 2

Deb Long
Regional Coordinator

Regions 3

Lori Furgerson
Regional Coordinator

Regions 4,5&6

Deb Pfost
Regional Coordinator