About Leslie Owen Wilson

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The second principle of magic...

things which have once been in contact with each other continue to act on each other at a distance after the physical contact has been severed.                              

                  Sir James Frazer


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My life has a superb cast, but I can't figure out the plot.

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Originally from Baltimore, Maryland Leslie has lived in many areas of the US and in Germany. Her doctorate, from Oklahoma State University, is in curriculum and instruction, with additional emphasis in educational foundations and gifted education. She came to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1990 and after 18.5 years of distinguished service retired in January 2009 as a professor emerita. However, she continued teaching graduate courses online for UW-SP finally retiring in December of 2012.

During her career at UW-SP Leslie taught graduate courses in a number of areas -- brain-based education, philosophical foundations of education, creativity; newer views of learning; curriculum; reflective teaching; and the models of teaching and learning; and an undergraduate course in educational psychology, plus a dual workshop on conflict transformation. Beyond her university experiences, she has had multiple incarnations as a classroom teacher, reading teacher, and teacher and developer of programs for gifted, highly able, and creative learners in Maryland, Georgia, and Oklahoma.

In addition to her many her professional interests, Leslie maintained active partnerships with area classroom teachers and public schools. She also wrote a book for teachers, Every Child, Whole Child (out of print). She was and is very interested in holistic learning and rites of passage education, and concepts like emotional, successful, and multiple intelligences. From 2000-2003 Leslie was actively involved in a UW-System's technology grant initiative (the CELT Project) with the Stevens Point School District training teachers in melding brain-based learning and Multiple Intelligence Theory with technology.

In 2003 she received a three-year Congressional Award to fund The FACETS Project which was geared toward university faculty development and focused on realigning university teaching to the needs of Millennial students, as well as introducing faculty to newer methods of teaching and current research on learning and cognition. In 2007 she also procured funds for an ambitious six campus joint program through UW-Systems which combined different types of learning technologies with relation to backward course design and meeting the needs of Millennial students. This enterprise was entitled ICoP -- Intercampus Communities of Practice.  Leslie was awarded one of the UW-Systems Teaching Scholars Awards in 2004 concentrating investigating and creating quality online graduate instruction that featured the development of online communities and based on models of teaching and learning. She has extensive presentation experiences in faculty development work and hopes to continue that work into retirement. 

She has written on many topics that are reflective of her graduate teaching and personally maintains this large comprehensive website which is related to those interests and is used by other teaching professionals around the world. Her latest publication, in 2005, concerned the importance of rites of passage educational experiences in Holistic learning and spirituality in education: Breaking new ground, edited by John P. Miller, et al for SUNY Press. In 1994 UW-SP has recognized her outstanding contributions in the area of instruction with a University Teaching Excellence Award.

While a full professor she taught:  

 In retirement Leslie will continue to periodically teaching online through CPS Continuing Education :  

Leslie's  Vita      Professional Development Experiences  

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Information in this site specifically pertains to the following areas: 

  • Curriculum development - Original topical material related to: Curriculum definitions and terms; curriculum planning and development; hints for writing usable curriculum; general information and suggestions about curricular issues: and numerous sample lesson plans which use eight different models of teaching and learning.

  • Creativity - Topical materials in the following areas: Definitions; books; creative problem solving techniques; teaching and working creatively; inspirational material; information on fostering creativity, and much more. 

  • Models of teaching and learning - A graduate level e-course on teaching models and their uses in the instructional process  -- a course stressing the development of an online learning community. While much of the course content is open to outside browsers, certain segments, forms, and details are closed and secured for enrolled students use only and to UWSP browsers. The course uses D2L for online management.

  • Theories of learning - Many diverse topics related to: How students learn and think; effective teaching strategies; learning and its relationship to personality theory; brain-based learning and metacognition; plus information on newer views of intelligence, especially Multiple Intelligence Theory.

Brain-based learning and Multiple Intelligences meet technology in a virtual center.


Leslie has been involved in an innovative technology grant initiative sponsored by University of Wisconsin System Funds. Related grant activities have involved many talented teachers from the Stevens Point Public Schools. The name of the project is called The CELT Center --  Center for the Expansion of Learning and Teaching. The site has been taken down.



Faculty Development Programs:

FACETS (Faculty Alliance for Creating and Expanding Teaching Strategies) A Faculty Development Program. This multi-year program is a faculty development initiative supported by a Congressional Award  from Congressman Dave Obey which concentrates on teaching excellence at the university level. It is a partnership with faculty from UW-Marathon Center. The FACETS team is multidisciplinary and includes Leslie and partners Susan, Gingrasso, Marty Loy, and Craig Wendorf.  Read more about this program in an online journal by faculty participants - Views from the bridge. 


ICOP (Intercampus Communities of Practice)

The Intercampus Community of Practice (ICoP) grant targets support for the uses of newer technologies, especially as these technologies have the potential to increase the quality of interpersonal communications and understandings between, but not limited to, faculty-to-student, and/or student-to-student interactions.  


This initiative was conceived as a pilot program running for one year and is funded by the Learning Technology Development Council (LTDC) of University of Wisconsin Systems. The grant activities bring together faculty members and campus LTDC personnel from six UW campuses Eau Claire, Green Bay, La Crosse, Stevens Point, Superior, and Whitewater. Activities focus on understanding and learning more about the intersections between the learning differences and needs of Millennial students, Backward Course Design, and new forms of communication technology like blogs, wikis, D2L, podcasting, and virtual office hours. Twenty seven faculty members have devised proposals whereby they will develop, or revise courses to add newer forms of communication through technology.

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Books on Creativity

Creativity Index

Models of Teaching and Learning 

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Books on Brain-based Education

Curriculum Index

Philosophical Foundations of Ed Index

Webquests Books on Multiple Intelligences Reflective Teacher Index ED Psyhc Index

A Little Inspiration

Inspirational Books on Caring for Your Muse

Newer Views of  Learning Index

Caring for the  Muse Index

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