Middle Grades


The Jobs of Tomorrow, TODAY!

Friday, November 10
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: 213 D

We have all heard the notion that we are preparing our students for jobs that do not yet exist, and while we may not know what tomorrow holds, today’s technologies have opened up new pathways for success. Gifted students' characteristics make them uniquely suited not only to follow these paths but to create entirely new paths. Join us as we explore examples of new types of careers and the new tools that make them possible. Together we investigate the essential skills necessary for future success and how we might adjust our classrooms to better prepare students for the world of tomorrow.

Brian C. Housand

Associate Professor
East Carolina University

Brian Housand is an associate professor and co-coordinator of the Academically and Intellectually Gifted Program at East Carolina University. Brian proudly identifies himself as a GEEK. In 2014, he received the Max Ray Joyner Award for Outstanding Teaching in Distance Education at ECU. Dr. Housand earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut with an emphasis in both gifted education and instructional technology. He currently serves on the NAGC Board of Directors as a Member-at-Large. Brian frequently presents and works as an educational consultant on the integration of technology and enrichment into the curriculum. He is currently researching ways in which technology can enhance the learning environment and is striving to define creative-productive giftedness in a digital age. His website is http://brianhousand.com or follow him on Twitter at brianhousand


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Ian Byrd


Ian taught gifted 6th graders in Garden Grove, California where he grew up as a gifted kid himself. On his journey to become a teacher, he earned a degree in Computer Science, briefly played bass in an almost successful rock band, and married a fashion designer. Ian writes about gifted education at Byrdseed.com, creates videos at Byrdseed.TV, shares delightful links at Puzzlements.co, and offers online PD at GiftedGuild.com. He likes to stay busy.


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Angela M. Housand

Associate Professor / Gifted Program Coordinator
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Angela M. Housand, Ph. D., is an Associate Professor and Academically and Intellectually Gifted Program Coordinator at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). As a consultant, Dr. Housand brings an applied focus to her programs for in-service and pre-service teachers. Over the years, her work has been presented internationally and published in the Journal of Advanced Academics, Gifted Child Quarterly, and High Ability Studies, just to name a few. Regardless of the venue, Dr. Housand’s efforts directly support teachers as they challenge gifted students to achieve advanced levels of performance and become productive members of a global society. For more, go to: angelahousand.com


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