Mogensen Lecture to feature expert in youth transformative learning

An educator known for her groundbreaking work in youth transformative learning is the featured speaker for the 12th annual Martin Mogensen Education Lecture at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. 

Amy Vatne Bintliff is a teacher and researcher who has taught language arts and reading in traditional and alternative programs in Minnesota and Wisconsin. She will give a presentation titled "Essential for All: Implementing Anti-bias Education in Majority White Communities" March 12 from 4-5:15 p.m. in Room 1415 of Centennial Hall. 

In her lecture, Vatne Bintliff will describe anti-bias education and how it can be a transformative experience for a variety of youth who are typically disengaged with school. Her work provides evidence that when youth are provided with opportunities to participate in making positive change within their schools and communities, engagement is heightened and students reformulate their ideas about education. Many classroom and service-learning projects will be described, and the presentation will include the voices of her students captured through qualitative interviews and journal entries.

Vatne Bintliff is an at-risk and reading teacher at Oregon Middle School in Oregon, Wisconsin, and is a recipient of the 2014 Teacher of Excellence Award from Teaching Tolerance and the Southern Poverty Law Center. The award is presented to teachers working on youth and family engagement, anti-bias education, classroom culture, family and community engagement, and teacher leadership. She is a co-principal investigator for research and development at the Center for Transformational Education in Burnsville, Minnesota. She is dedicated to researching ways to transform traditional education experiences so that all students can be actively involved in their own learning and can form strong connections with education, their peer colleagues and their environment. Her book, "Re-engaging Disconnected Youth: Transformative Learning through Restorative and Social Justice Education," details qualitative study results showing that students who were disconnected from school can become re-engaged through a program that combines anti-bias education, outdoor education and restorative justice talking circles.  

The presentation, hosted by the College of Education and Human Sciences in partnership with the Martin Mogensen family, is free and open to the public with a reception to follow. 

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. They also established a scholarship fund as a tribute to their father.  

Brinkhaus and Marti Mogensen, representing the family, will present the Martin Mogensen Education Scholarship at the lecture. It will be given to a Wisconsin education major who has attained a high level of scholarship and who shows promise for becoming a successful teacher. 

For more information about the lecture or scholarship, contact Dr. Rose Battalio, chair of the UW-Eau Claire special education and education studies departments, at battalrl@uwec.edu or 715-836-5352.