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Angela Housand Authors New Book

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Watson College associate professor and AIG program coordinator Angela Housand, along with Brian Housand and Joseph Renzulli, is author of the book Using the Schoolwide Enrichment Model with Technology. The book was published by Prufrock Press in November.


Using the Schoolwide Enrichment Model With Technology is an extension of a talent development model implemented in more than 2,500 schools across the U.S. and widely used internationally. More than 40 years of research and development has documented the effectiveness of the SEM approach to promoting higher-level thinking skills and creative productivity. This solution-oriented book, unlike other books focused on using technology in the classroom, recognizes that digital technologies are changing and evolving at lightning speeds. Our effective skills for using technology transcend time by focusing on how to find and use digital resources and tools rather than listing the resources that already exist. Focusing on the skills that support critical thinking and problem solving, decision-making and communication, the authors seamlessly merge technology to launch students toward independent productivity. This accessible and highly practical guide is rich with examples that will change the way you think about education while providing hands-on "how-to" guidance for creating a culture of excellence and innovation in your school and classroom.

Book Presentations

Angela Housand delivered the keynote at the 40th annual University of Connecticut Confratute in July. The book was also presented at the National Association for Gifted Children’s 63rd Annual Conference in Orlando Florida on Nov. 5 and the Annual ECU Gifted Conference in Greenville, N.C. on Nov. 9.

Future presentations include the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas in December and the “Ignite the Fire, Fuel the Spark: Leading Differentiation” conference in Sydney, Australia in February.

About the Authors

Angela M. Housand, Ph.D., is an associate professor and coordinator of the Academically and Intellectually Gifted Graduate Programs at the Watson College. 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, including the Whole Gifted Child Presidential Task Force Chair. As a former teacher, she brings an applied focus to her professional development programs for in-service and pre-service teachers. The goal of her work is to support teachers as they challenge gifted students to achieve their potential.

Brian C. Housand, Ph.D., is an associate professor, coordinator of the Academically and Intellectually Gifted Program, and recipient of the Max Ray Joyner Award for Outstanding Teaching in Distance Education at East Carolina University. Dr. Housand earned a Ph.D. in educational psychology at the University of Connecticut’s Neag Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development 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. He researches ways in which technology can enhance the learning environment and is striving to define creative productive giftedness in a digital age.

Joseph Renzulli, Ed.D., is a professor of educational psychology at the University of Connecticut, where he also served as the director of the Neag Center for Creativity, Gifted Education and Talent Development. His research has focused on the identification and development of creativity and giftedness in young people, and on curricular and organizational models for differentiated learning environments that contribute to total school improvement. He has also focused on applying the pedagogy of gifted education to the improvement of learning for all students. Dr. Renzulli is a UConn Distinguished Professor and holds an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree from McGill University. The American Psychological Association named him among the 25 most influential psychologists in the world, and in 2009 he received the Harold E. McGraw Jr. Award for Innovation in Education, considered by many to be the “Nobel” for educators.