Business and Education - State of Education, Part 1

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Name: Business and Education - State of Education, Part 1
Date: February 26, 2021
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
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Event Description:

Join our Business and Education Partnership Committee as we address not only the issues that surround education during this time but the solutions the experts have come up with. K-12 and Higher Education schools alike are all facing challenges in mental health for students, faculty, and families. Mix this with virtual curriculum, equipping parents and teachers with the right tools necessary to teach and leadership focusing its efforts on supporting faculty and you have the education crisis many are facing today. You have heard the issues being raised in education since Spring Break of 2019. Now it is time to hear the solutions from our Experts.

About our Speakers: 

Tom Haymes, Professor of Government at HCC

Tom Haymes is the author of Learn at Your Own Risk (Atbosh Media, 2020) and Discovering Digital Humanity (Atbosh Media, 2021, forthcoming). He has almost 40 years of technology experience culminating in his role as director of the design team for the West Houston Institute, an integrated innovation center for Houston Community College. He has been a Technology Director for a college of 20,000 students, a teacher, managed innovation teams across a wide range of projects, and has developed a series of strategies around technology adoption and integration. He has published articles on a number of topics ranging from technology adoption to military history. He was formerly a contributing editor to the New Media Consortium and served on the board of their futuring project, The Horizon Report. He is currently a Storyteller in Residence and Mayor of the Humanizing Education Neighborhood for Arizona State University?s ShapingEDU Project. He maintains a consulting business at where he consults on Technology Assessment (Teaching Toolset Triangle), Space Design (ELITE Strategy), Professional Development, Hybrid Educational Design (Hybrid Plus), Digital Communications Strategies, Organizational Design, and Digital Futuring.


HD Chambers, Superintendent Alief ISD


HD Chambers has devoted the past 35 years to public education in Texas. Prior to taking on the leadership role as Superintendent of Schools for Alief in the spring of 2011, Mr. Chambers served as Superintendent for Stafford Municipal School District.
He has also taught in the Aldine Independent School District and served in various administrative roles in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District.

HD has a genuine desire to create meaningful and useful opportunities for educators to prepare students for higher education, the workforce, or the armed services.
He truly believes in the power and potential of public education and through relationship building and collaboration, he strives to contribute to the continuous improvement of education for all students and staff.


Richard Gosselin, Dean of Social & Behavioral Science, HCC

I have thirty years teaching experience in higher education at both public and private schools including Houston Community College, Lone Star College, Laredo Community College, University of Saint Thomas and the Saint Constantine School. I was also the founding president of the National Economics Teaching Association where I still serve as a board member. I have written and published numerous ancillaries for college-level economics textbooks including an instructor?s manual, several test banks, and other online resources. I have also reviewed over a dozen books. In addition, I have given numerous presentations on economics teaching pedagogy in Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Savannah, Orlando, Tampa Bay, San Diego, Indianapolis, Kansas City, and Phoenix. I am an active member of the Texas Community College Teaching Association and the Houston Economics Club. In addition, I have served as a guest lecturer at a think tank known as the Center for the American Idea which is a program of the Free Enterprise Institute. Last year I served as a reader for the Microeconomics Advanced Placement test in Cincinnati, Ohio where I did work for the Educational Testing Service. 

Nicole Milton,
Mental Health America of Greater Houston

Nicole Milton has 10+ years of  professional experience including direct instruction, professional coaching/training,  program management, and content development. In that time she became aware of the importance of relationship building to her work. She grounds herself in understanding that “we are all shaped by the collective experiences in our lives and as such informs how we learn to relate to the world around us”. As a seasoned S.T.E.M. educator, she remains lifelong advocate of educational equity and access for all.

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Date/Time Information:
Friday, February 26th, 2021
11:30 am - 1:00 pm 
11:30 am - Open Networking 
11:45 am - Welcome and Housekeeping Rules
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm - Program Begins 
12:45 pm - Q&A
1:00 pm - Adjourn 
Contact Information:
Devyn Waggoner
Individual Tickets - Complimentary 

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