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Researcher to discuss innovative education strategies during Feb. 16 lecture

RELEASED: Feb. 10, 2010

Dr. Christine Johnston
Dr. Christine Johnston

EAU CLAIRE — Education strategies designed to improve interactions between students and teachers so student learning outcomes are improved will be the topic of a presentation by Dr. Christine Johnston during the seventh annual Martin Mogensen Education Lecture at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Johnston, a UW-Eau Claire alumna, will present "The 'Lost in School' Phenomenon: The Challenge Facing 21st-Century Educators" at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 16 in Schofield Auditorium. She will discuss her belief that classrooms of the 21st century must produce learners who understand how learning works for them and who are able to articulate this awareness to their teachers, peers and employers.

The presentation, sponsored by the College of Education and Human Sciences and the Eau Claire Area School District, is free and open to the public.

The Mogensen lecture series, which is part of a teacher education outreach effort, was established to honor Martin Mogensen, a 1952 UW-Eau Claire graduate. Mogensen became one of the first victims of school shootings in this country when, at the age of 46, he was killed by a student in the Tomah school where he served as principal. His daughters, Marti Mogensen and Margaret Mogensen Nelson Brinkhaus, both graduates of UW-Eau Claire, and other family members and friends support the lecture series through the Martin Mogensen Education Lecture Fund of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

Mogensen and Brinkhaus will present the Martin Mogensen Education Scholarship at the lecture. It will be given to a Wisconsin junior education major who has attained a high level of scholarship and who shows promise for becoming a successful teacher. Mogensen and Brinkhaus established the scholarship fund as another tribute to their father.

Johnston is the originator and lead researcher of the Let Me Learn Process. As director of Rowan University's Center for the Advancement of Learning, she leads research on the effects of the Let Me Learn Process on student interaction, literacy and student persistence. For the past 11 years, Johnston has engaged in studies on the Let Me Learn Process, including work with 19 universities in the United States and abroad and 38 U.S. school districts.

Johnston serves on the College of Education and Human Sciences advisory board and is a consultant to DuPont's Office of Education. In addition to her bachelor's degree from UW-Eau Claire, she holds a master's degree from UW-Milwaukee and a doctorate from Rutgers University.

Johnston has presented papers in the United States and abroad on the Let Me Learn Process and has authored or co-authored five books and numerous articles and chapters on the topic. She also has received a Ford Education educational internship, a National Science Foundation graduate fellowship, a New Jersey Department of Education education-innovation grant and a DuPont Center for Collaborative Research and Education grant.

The Eau Claire Area School District, in collaboration with UW-Eau Claire, will offer workshops with Johnston to area teachers.

For more information about the lecture or scholarship, contact Dr. Dwight C. Watson at watsondc@uwec.edu or 715-836-2013.

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