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ISU Student Wins Constituting America Short Film Contest

June 29, 2023

Senator Risch and a student hold up a t-shirt

An Idaho State University graduate student was recently selected as Constituting America’s Graduate Student Short Film Winner in the “We the Future'' contest. 

Steph Jackman, who is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Instructional Design and Technology (IDT), EdD degree, used the multimedia skills she learned in her doctorate program to create the 6-minute video titled “A Minuteman’s Minute (or Five) of History: The U.S Constitution and Its Relevance Today.” Jackman won a $2,000 scholarship and a three-day, all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC in June 2023 where she had the opportunity to tour national locations such as the U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court, and Pentagon. During her trip, Jackson also met with Idaho Senator James Risch at his DC office. 

Constituting America’s mission is to teach students and adults across America about the nonpartisan relevancy of the U.S. Constitution and the principles of self-governance inherent in our founding documents according to their website. Their annual contest encourages students to submit original works in categories including essays, songs, films, and plans. Selected winner’s projects are then featured both online and through the national media to millions of Americans. 

For Jackson, learning is a lifelong endeavor. She has appreciated her time at ISU for broadening her educational horizons and allowing her to venture into national contests and projects. Jackson currently resides in Idaho Falls and works as a training coordinator and admin lead for the Quantic School of Business and Technology based in Washington, DC. In this role, she oversees administrative needs and provides training and operation support to the admissions team. 

Being a working professional and parent, Jackson chose the ISU IDT doctorate program because of its fully online and flexible asynchronous courses. She has enjoyed enhancing her understanding of education administration and using multimedia to help people learn better and achieve effective learning outcomes. Jackson plans to graduate from ISU with her doctorate degree in 2025 where she hopes to pursue a career in corporate training. 

To learn more about the ISU IDT program, please visit https://www.isu.edu/spel/educational-leadership-programs/instructional-design-technology-edd/. To view Steph’s winning video and learn more about Constituting America, please visit https://constitutingamerica.org/steph-jackman/


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