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Martin Mogensen Education Lecture to focus on LGBTQ inclusive spaces

A culturally responsive teacher in the Milwaukee Public Schools will present "Supporting LGBTQ Inclusive Spaces" during UW-Eau Claire's 2018 Martin Mogensen Education Lecture at 5 p.m. March 29 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The presentation is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Haas Fine Arts parking lot or Water Street lot.

Melissa Bollow Tempel has practiced a multicultural, social justice, culturally responsive teaching pedagogy since 2001. A bilingual educator, activist, author and editor, Tempel now works with Milwaukee Public Schools educators to understand their own biases and cultural identities, create culturally responsive lessons, rethink teaching practices and attitudes, involve parents and families, improve teacher-student rapport and increase student engagement.

Tempel’s presentation, “Supporting LGBTQ Inclusive Spaces,” will focus on understanding LGBTQ youth and families with the end goal of creating supportive and welcoming spaces for all children. Attendees will review factors that impact LGBTQ youth and families, and learn strategies for taking action to make schools more inclusive.

About Melissa Bollow Tempel: Melissa Bollow Tempel is an editor of "Rethinking Sexism, Gender, and Sexuality" and an author of "Pencils Down: Rethinking High Stakes Testing and Accountability in Public Schools," both published by Rethinking Schools, an organization founded by Milwaukee-area teachers to help shape reform throughout the U.S. public school system. In addition to writing for Rethinking Schools, Melissa is a Welcoming Schools national facilitator and regularly leads professional development and conference workshops on LGBTQ issues. Tempel received her bachelor's degree in bilingual and multilingual education and master's degree in cultural foundations of education/anti-racist education, both from UW-Milwaukee.

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. The junior high school principal in Tomah was killed by a student in 1969 in one of the first school shootings in the U.S. His daughters, Marti Mogensen and Margaret Nelson Brinkhaus, also both 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’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, chosen by the faculty, who shows promise of becoming a successful career teacher.

Photo caption: Melissa Bollow Tempel, a culturally responsive teacher in the Milwaukee Public Schools, will present "Supporting LGBTQ Inclusive Spaces" during UW-Eau Claire's 2018 Martin Mogensen Education Lecture.