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UW-Eau Claire to celebrate 100 years of teacher education May 1-5

| Emily Wermund

Special events during National Teacher Appreciation Week May 1-5 will recognize 100 years of excellence in teacher education at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The events are part of the university’s yearlong Centennial Celebration.

“UW-Eau Claire began 100 years ago as a place to educate teachers — the community recognized the importance and value of excellent teachers for a strong society,” said Carmen Manning, dean of UW-Eau Claire’s College of Education and Human Sciences. “Today, the UW-Eau Claire teacher education program continues this tradition of teacher excellence, and we are known for cultivating a strong lineage of talented and driven educators. We invite the community to join in this celebration of teaching as we acknowledge the hard work, dedication and contributions of teachers everywhere and the positive impact they make in the lives of students.”

The following events are planned for the 100th anniversary celebration of UW-Eau Claire’s teacher education program (all are free and open to the public):

Monday, May 1, 5 p.m. — “Creative Power”:  An opening reception for the UW-Eau Claire showing of this VSA Wisconsin traveling exhibition will be on the 3rd floor of Centennial Hall. The exhibit will be on display through June 30 and features artwork by Wisconsin youth and adults with disabilities.  Pita Daniels and Julius Trees Parrish, both of Viroqua, and Andrew Brooks of Hudson are among the featured artists.

Tuesday, May 2, 7 p.m — “The History and Future of Teaching Excellence”: This event will include two presentations in Schofield Hall, with teacher education program birthday cake to follow.

  • Christine A. Ogren, national expert on the history of teacher preparation in state normal schools, colleges and universities and associate professor at the University of Iowa, will present “Expanding Educational Opportunity and Nurturing Diversity.”
  • Sun Prairie teacher and 1997 UW-Eau Claire music education graduate Chris Gleason, Wisconsin Middle School Teacher of the Year and one of four finalists for National Teacher of the Year, will present “Lighting a Fire in Kids: Intrinsic Motivation, Curiosity, Connections.”

Wednesday, May 3, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. — “My Favorite Teacher!”: Stop by the first floor of UW-Eau Claire’s Davies Center to have your picture taken with a sign honoring your favorite teacher. Photos will be assembled into a banner that will hang in Centennial Hall.

Friday, May 5, 2 p.m. — “Mr. Holland’s Opus”: This classic teacher movie will be screened in the Woodland Theater of the Davies Center. Free popcorn will be available.

The UW-Eau Claire teacher education program prides itself on providing opportunities for students to advance their education and professional experience, Manning said, noting that the program placed 430 teacher education students in 85 different schools across west-central Wisconsin this spring, and had 800 students in more than 1,000 placements during the 2016-17 academic year.

“Thank you to all our partner schools and cooperating teachers for providing the crucial experiences that shape the growth of our teacher candidates and continue the strong tradition of educators who are driven to succeed and prepared to lead,” Manning said.

For more information about UW-Eau Claire’s teacher education program and its 100-year anniversary, contact Dr. Carmen Manning, dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences, at or 715-836-3264.

Photo cutline: Joel Newman, a December 2016 UW-Eau Claire Spanish teaching graduate, was placed as a student teacher in Spanish classes at a local middle school during his final semester at the university.