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Martin Mogensen Education Lecture to focus on American Indian education and equity

| Emily Wermund

A leading educator, Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe tribal member, and president of the Wisconsin Indian Education Association will present “Indigenous Teaching and Learning Framework: More Than Beads and Feathers” during UW-Eau Claire’s 2019 Martin Mogensen Education Lecture at 5 p.m. April 11 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Brian Jackson, a doctoral candidate and behavioral health director/cultural connections Act 31 coordinator to the Lac du Flambeau Public Schools will focus on American Indian equity and justice, cultural congruence and culturally responsive curriculum. Jackson will speak about his work in the Indian country public schools and Indian education in Indian country.

Jackson will discuss the power that building relationships has in the success of any program, school or organization. Those in attendance will learn how to infuse this indigenous style of leadership across contexts and answer “What does this mean to you?” as Jackson discusses the connections to American Indian Studies Wisconsin Statute Act 31 within the Department of Instruction. He will explore problems with existing curriculum that fails to reflect Native ways of being and how to overcome these challenges within current pedagogy.

About Brian Jackson: Jackson, a Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe tribal member, is president of the Wisconsin Indian Education Association and was elected to the National Indian Education Association board in October 2018. He currently is a doctoral candidate in indigenous education teaching and learning at the University Minnesota Duluth and serves as the behavioral health director — cultural connections Act 31 coordinator for the Lac du Flambeau Public Schools.

About the Martin Mogensen Education Lecture: The Martin Mogensen Education Lecture is held annually in memory of Martin Mogensen, a 1952 graduate of UW-Eau Claire. Mogensen was a junior high school principal in Tomah when he was killed by a student in 1969. His daughters, Marti Mogensen and Margaret Nelson Brinkhaus, also UW-Eau Claire graduates, and other family members began the lecture and an education scholarship through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation as a way to carry on Martin Mogensen's legacy: a deep faith in the value of education and teachers. The Mogensen family joins with the UW-Eau Claire College of Education and Human Sciences in bringing experts to speak to students, faculty and the public on contemporary education issues of the day. The Mogensen family also will present the Martin Mogensen Education Scholarship as part of the lecture event. The scholarship is provided annually to an outstanding undergraduate student, chosen by the faculty, who shows promise of becoming a successful career teacher.

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Mogensen's death. The following is a comprehensive list of all speakers and topics that have been held in the history of the lecture series:

2018: Melissa Bollow Tempel, Bilingual educator, activist, author and culturally responsive teacher in Milwaukee Public Schools. Lecture: Supporting LGBTQ Inclusive Spaces
2017: Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, Kellner Family Distinguished Professor in Urban Education at UW-Madison. Lecture: Hip-Hop, Hip Hope: The (R)Evolution of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy.
2016: Dr. Justin Patchin, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center, professor of criminal justice in the political science department at the UW-Eau Claire. Lecture: Addressing Cyber-bullying: Promoting Teens’ Positive Use of Technology
2015: Amy Vatne Bintliff, reading Teacher/Anti-bias Researcher Oregon Middle School, Oregon, Wisconsin and 2014 Teaching Tolerance National Awardee for Excellence in Teaching.
Lecture: “Essential for All:  Implementing Anti-bias Education in Majority White Communities.”
2014: Ron Jacobson, dean of the Northwest University School of Education. Lecture: “Rethinking School Bullying: Dominance, Identity and School Culture.” 2013: Linda Christensen, Oregon Writing Project, Lewis & Clark College. Lecture: “Outrageous Hope: Literacy and Social Justice”
2013: Linda Christensen, Oregon Writing Project, Lewis & Clark College. Lecture: “Outrageous Hope: Literacy and Social Justice”
2012: Dr. Christine Sleeter, president of the National Association for Multicultural Education. Lecture: “Nurturing Intellectual Work.”
2011: Manuel Scott, motivational speaker. Lecture: “A Message of Hope from one of the Original Freedom Writers.”
2010: Dr. Christine Johnston, originator and lead researcher of the Let Me Learn Process® and former director of Rowan University’s Center for the Advancement of Learning. Lecture: “The ‘Lost in School’ Phenomenon: The Challenge Facing 21st-Century Educators.”
2009: Rick Miller, nationally recognized child advocate and founder of Kids at Hope. Lecture: “Kids at Hope, No Exceptions.”
2008: Sadarri, Rick and Autumn Joy Saskill, multicultural, multilingual storytellers. Lecture: “One World — Many Stories.”
2007: John Perricone, author of “Zen and the Art of Public School Teaching” and an educator for the Maine-Endwell School District. Lecture: “Why Am I a Teacher? Connecting with Those Reasons That Drew Me into This Profession.”
2006: Bill Bond, resident practitioner for Safe and Orderly Schools, National Association for
Secondary School Principals. Lecture: “Words Hurt the Heart: Understanding Bullying in the Context of School Violence.”
2005: Dr. Gerdur G. Oskarsdottir, superintendent of schools at the Reykjavik School District in Iceland. Lecture: “Global Perspectives as a Catalyst for Change in Teaching and Learning.”
2004: Dr. Gerald Gutek, professor emeritus and former dean of the school of education at Loyola University in Chicago. Lecture: “The Foundations of Education: A Turn to the Right or a Turn to the Left?”

The Mogensen Education Lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Haas Fine Arts or Water Street lots.