UNCW to Host Rosenwald School Legacy Conference and AIG REBOOT Program for Gifted Students

Friday, March 27, 2015

In April, UNCW’s Watson College of Education will host two conferences designed to support regional schoolteachers. The first will explore the Rosenwald School legacy; the second is designed for teachers looking to utilize technology to support the advanced learning of academically and intellectually gifted students. 

The biennial Rosenwald Conference entitled African Americans and Education: The Rosenwald School Legacy Conference takes place on April 10. Designed to inspire dialogue about the history of education for African Americans, attendees will have an opportunity to learn about Rosenwald Schools in Southeastern North Carolina and the building program, which started in 1912 as a partnership between Booker T. Washington and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald.

According to Associate Professor Donyell Roseboro, chair of the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education, the conference will bring together “community members, teachers, and educational leaders all committed to improving the lives of African American students and families.”

She encourages UNCW students and members of the community to attend this conference because, “African American students need strong support networks in schools including teachers and other students. This conference will help us to identify and prioritize issues that we can address collectively.”

The conference will be held in the Education Building from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. It is open to the public, but registration is required, the deadline is April 3.  Students can attend for free but there is a limited number of spaces available. Students interested in attending should contact Donyell Roseboro ( to reserve a space.

On April 17, the Watson College of Education will host the Academically Intellectually Gifted Conference (AIG REBOOT). Focused on serving intellectually, academically and creatively gifted students in the classroom, teachers will learn how to utilize technology to support advanced learning. Due to high demand among area teachers, this conference is sold out.

“We want to support teachers, parents, and administrators who do the hard work of providing specialized services for advanced learners in the classroom,” said Angela Housand, an associate professor in the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education.

Ian Byrd and Brian Housand are this year’s keynote speakers. Byrd is a teacher and writer whose gifted education website,, draws 25,000 monthly visitors. Housand, an associate professor and co-coordinator of the Academically and Intellectually Gifted Program at East Carolina University, is currently researching ways in which technology can enhance the learning environment, and is striving to define creative-productive giftedness in a digital age.