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UW-Eau Claire to Host Education Celebration and Mogensen Lecture May 3

RELEASED: April 12, 2005

Gerdur G. Oskarsdottir Carl Olson
Gerdur G. Oskarsdottir
Carl Olson

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Center for Collaborative Leadership in Education will recognize National Teachers Day by hosting the 2nd Annual Education Celebration and Martin Mogensen Education Lecture May 3 in Davies Center.

The Mogensen lecture and reception will run from 4-5:30 p.m. May 3 in the Dulany Inn, and the Education Celebration is slated for 7-9 p.m. May 3 in the Tamarack Room.

The lecture will feature Dr. Gerdur G. Oskarsdottir, the superintendent of schools at the Reykjavik School District in Iceland. During her presentation, titled "Global Perspectives as a Catalyst for Change in Teaching and Learning," Oskarsdottir will discuss a program she designed with her principals in Iceland that takes them to schools in North America, Europe and Asia. They visit schools of distinction to gather international concepts of curriculum and learning, which they bring back to incorporate in their schools.

Oskarsdottir, who received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, has written several books and more than 40 articles in magazines on educational affairs.

The Mogensen Lecture honors Martin Mogensen, a 1952 UW-Eau Claire alumnus who in 1969, at the age of 46, was killed by a troubled junior high school student. His family honored his career by establishing the Martin Mogensen Education Lecture through gifts to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. They also have established the Martin Mogensen Education Scholarship Fund.

The Education Celebration is a student-led event that recognizes the contributions of human development professionals who support the education of pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade students, said Dr. Robert Hollon, professor of curriculum and instruction and co-director of the College of Education and Human Sciences' Center for Collaborative Leadership in Education.

The celebration will bring together experienced professionals from the Chippewa Valley and UW-Eau Claire students who are entering careers in education and human development, Hollon said.

The event includes music performed by area teachers and UW-Eau Claire students, recognition of area professionals and UW-Eau Claire students, a presentation about motivating and energizing students by area resident and author Carl Olson, and a social hour.

Student organizations involved in planning the Education Celebration include the Student Council for Exceptional Children, Student Wisconsin Education Association, Future Teachers Club and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education.

For details about the events, see the CCLE Web site or contact CCLE co-directors Robert Hollon at (715) 836-5963 or hollonre@uwec.edu, or Cynthia Gray-Mash at (715) 836-5587 or grayca@uwec.edu.

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JB

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