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Gifted/Talented Program
Services to Enhance Programs & Unleash Potential
ISD #51 Program for Gifted & Talented Learners

What is Gifted & Talented?
"Gifted and talented children and youth are those students with outstanding abilities, identified at preschool, elementary, and secondary levels. The potential of gifted students requires differentiated and challenging educational programs and/or services beyond those provided in the general school program. Students capable of high performance include those with demonstrated achievement or potential ability in any one or more of the following areas: general intellect, specific academic subjects, creativity, leadership, and visual and performing arts."
- US Department of Education, 1993.
Dr. Stephen Schroeder-Davis
Dr. Stephen Schroeder-Davis is a veteran, public educator and lifelong learner. Dr. Schroeder-Davis' 45-year, professional journey is abundant with diverse experiences and roles, including: teacher, differentiation coach, curriculum, as well as gifted education specialist, university professor, author, keynote speaker, and board member of multiple gifted organizations. Now retired from public education, he teaches at and supervises student teachers through the College of Saint Scholastica, as well as consults with districts throughout the region on topics such as gifted education and talent development.

Dr. Schroeder-Davis' work has earned the John C. Gowan Doctoral Research Award from the National Association for Gifted Children. Additionally, Schroeder-Davis is 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. Incidentally, he has also received the "Friend of the Gifted" award from the Minnesota Council of Gifted and Talented, as well as Minnesota Educators of the Gifted and Talented.