Schroeder-Davis to speak at ‘Gifted’ event

Dr. Steve Schroeder-Davis, the Elk River Area School District’s coordinator of gifted services, will be the keynote speaker at the Minnesota Council of Gifted Children’s (MCGT) annual conference, Saturday, Nov. 12 at the University of St. Thomas’ Minneapolis campus.
Schroeder-Davis began advocating for gifted students in 1973, his first year in the Elk River school system, when he created a humanities course for students willing to forgo a study hall to take a rigorous interdisciplinary course.
By 1980, he had initiated gifted services district-wide and has been involved in gifted education ever since. During his 39 years in the district, Schroeder-Davis has taught honors classes as well as serving in his current position.
He has also served two terms as the president of MCGT and was also a board member for the Minnesota Educators of the Gifted (MEGT). Schroeder-Davis has also represented ISD 728 on the Minnesota Department of Education Gifted and Talented Advisory Committee and has appeared on WCCO, Minnesota Public Radio and KARE 11 and in publications, including Education Week, Star Tribune, Pioneer Press and Star News.
For his work in gifted education, Schroeder-Davis was awarded the “Friend of the Gifted” from the MCGT and MEGT and Ohio’s Parent Council. He writes and consults extensively about gifted issues and is currently a columnist for Understanding Our Gifted. He has been published in Our Gifted Children, Parenting for High Potential, Book Links and Gifted Education Press.
Schroeder-Davis’ dissertation won the John C. Gowan Doctoral Research Award at NAGC’s 43rd annual conference. He is also both a state and regional winner of the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan (WEM) award for promoting academic excellence, awarded by the Center for Academic Excellence.