Edufest 2018

July 23-27

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Edufest 2017 

Developing Student Potential and Talent Through Strengthening Thinking and the Desire to Learn


Monday, July 24 

                  8:30-12:00 p.m. Opening Session and Keynote

                  Developing Intellectual Thought

                                Michael Clay Thompson
                       Author, Teacher, Educational Consultant
                                    Royal Fireworks Publishing
                                     Durham, North Carolina

Theoretical work in gifted education inherently directs us toward modifications in content and process that develop the intellect, but there are still academic areas that require strong focus if gifted children are to enjoy the life of the mind in its fullest sense of valid knowledge, extended language talent, complex abstractions, and extended reading experience. Let us look at developing intellectual thought in a differentiated way and examine a complex of elements that form a sine qua non for gifted children.

Michael Clay Thompson is the author of more than sixty books of language arts for gifted children and has had a long career as an educator. He served two terms on the Board of Directors of NAGC, is Past President of the Indiana Association for Gifted Children, served on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Association for Gifted Children.  He was Lead Scholar for the National Javits Grant program in Saratoga, New York.  He taught for ten years in Northwestern University’s Learning Links program, taught philosophy in North Carolina’s Governor’s School, and was a classroom teacher and administrator in numerous high schools and middle schools.  He was Coordinator of Gifted Instruction in McDowell County, North Carolina.  In 1986, the North Carolina Association for the Gifted named him Academically Gifted Teacher of the Year, and in 2010 he received the Richard W. Riley Award from the South Carolina Consortium for Gifted Education.  Today he is a full-time curriculum author and travels extensively to provide faculty development workshops in grammar, vocabulary, and academic writing. He is a featured speaker and keynote speaker in gifted conferences across the country and Canada.

           Friday, July 28th 8:30-12:00 p.m.  Closing Keynote

Using the Schoolwide Enrichment Model with Technology

                             Dr. Angela M. Housand

Associate Professor, University of North Carolina Wilmington
                  Academically and Intellectually Gifted Program Coordinator
                                        Wilmington, North Carolina

                                    Dr. Brian Housand

               Associate Professor at East Carolina University
                                       College of Education
                                                                                                             Greenville, North Carolina

Join us as we examine how Renzulli’s Enrichment Triad Model: A Guide for Developing Defensible Programs for the Gifted and Talented benefits from the infusion of today’s technology tools and resources. While digital technologies are constantly evolving, effective skills for learning transcend time. This update of the Schoolwide Enrichment Model focuses on the processes that support critical thinking, problem solving, decision-making, and communication. Explore how technology can merge with enrichment pedagogy to launch you and your students toward creative productive giftedness.

Angela M. Housand, Ph. D. is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Academically and Intellectually Gifted Graduate Programs at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  Her work, focused on developing talent and identity in digital environments, has been presented and published internationally. Dr. Housand serves the National Association for Gifted Children in both elected and appointed positions and recently won the UNCW Discere Aude award for outstanding teaching and mentoring. Dr. Housand brings an applied focus to her professional development programs for in-service and pre-service teachers. The goal of her work: Support teachers as they challenge gifted students to achieve their potential.

Brian Housand, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at East Carolina University. Dr. Housand earned a Ph.D. in educational psychology at the University of Connecticut with an emphasis in both gifted education and instructional technology. He serves on the National Association for Gifted Children’s Board of Directors as a Member-At-Large. Along with his wife Dr. Angela Housand and Dr. Joe Renzulli, he co-authored Using the Schoolwide Enrichment Model with Technology. He researches ways in which technology can enhance the learning environment and is striving to define creative productive giftedness in a digital age. For more information go to