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Stephen Schroth

Associate Professor of Educational Studies

Stephen Schroth
Contact
309-341-7347
sschroth@knox.edu

Years at Knox: 2006 to present

Education
Ph.D., 2007, University of Virginia.
M.A., 2003, Teachers College at Columbia University.
J.D., 1989, The University of Minnesota Law School.
B.A., 1986, Macalester College.

Teaching Interests
History of education; curriculum and teaching; teacher education; talent development/gifted education

Selected Professional Accomplishments

Honors/Grants
Picturing America Award, 2009.
MENSA Education & Research Foundation Award for Excellence in Research, 2008, 2010, and 2011.
Project REACH-Recruiting and Enlightening through Access to and Communication with High-need schools Innovation Project from ACI's Center for Success in High Need Schools, 2007 & 2008.
Associated Colleges of the Midwest FaCE Project: Enhancing Scholarship by Exploring New Avenues, 2007.
Los Angeles Educational Partnership School/Community Excellence Award, 2003.
Great Books Foundation's Great Books/Great Teachers Award, 2003.
Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries Inaugural Award, 2003.
Wonder of Reading Library Grant, 2003.
Wonder of Reading Library Grant, 2002.
Governor Gray Davis's Book Fund Award, 2001.
Los Angeles Educational Partnership Excellence Award, 2001.
Edison International New Era Award, 2000.

Publications
"Gifted English Language Learners: Developing Talent while Supporting Language Acquisition." Gifted Education Press Quarterly, In press.

"Levels of Service Received by Gifted Students." Encyclopedia on Research in Gifted Education, editors C. M. Callahan and J. A. Plucker. Washington, D.C.: The National Association of Gifted Children, In press.

Curriculum for Diverse Gifted Learners: Using the Parallel Curriculum Model to Develop Student Success. Gifted Education Press Quarterly, In press.

"The Underexposure of Appreciation: Gifted Children's Need to Interact with Exemplars in Visual Arts and Music." Schroth, S.T. and Helfer, J.A. Inspiration 1 (2010): 5-9.

"Knox College Unit Guidebook." Schroth, S.T. and Gonshorek, D.O. Educational Studies Department, Galesburg, Illinois, (2010.)

"Green Marketing." Schroth, S.T., Helfer, J.A., and Gonshorek. In P. Robbins, J.R. Mansvelt, and J.G. Golson (Eds.), Green Consumerism: An A-to-Z Guide, SAGE Publications (2010.)

"Packaging and Product Containers." Schroth, S.T., Helfer, J.A., and Tam, M. In P. Robbins, J.R. Mansvelt, and J.G. Golson (Eds.), Green Consumerism: An A-to-Z Guide, SAGE Publications (2010.)

"Recyclable Products." Schroth, S.T., Helfer, J.A., and Gonshorek, D.O. In P. Robbins, J.R. Mansvelt, and J.G. Golson (Eds.), Green Consumerism: An A-to-Z Guide, SAGE Publications (2010.)

"Commuting." Schroth, S.T., Helfer, J.A., and Powell, M.A. In P. Robbins, J.R. Mansvelt, and J.G. Golson (Eds.), Green Consumerism: An A-to-Z Guide, SAGE Publications (2010.)

"Railroad Reader, Mexican Boxcar Children, Chinese Workers, Pullman Porters and Harvey Girls." Schroth, S.T., J.A., and Navolio, E.E. A series of multidisciplinary grade-school-level lessons based on railroad history. National Railroad Hall of Fame (2010.)

"From the Chair." Inspiration 1 (2010): 1.

"Response to Intervention: Implications for Gifted Education." Schroth, S.T. and Helfer, J.A. Conceptual Foundations 18 (2010): 10-12.

"If You Build It They Will Come: Advancing Gifted Education Through Advocacy." Schroth, S.T., Helfer, J.A., Romano, V.M., Gonshorek, D.O., and Johnson, C.E. Illinois Association for Gifted Children Journal 10 (2010): 10-18.

"Whole language/Reading issues." Co-authored with J.A. Helfer. Edited by C. Kridel. Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies. Thousand Oaks, California, SAGE Publications (2010): 943-944.

"Selecting Afterschool Programs: A Guide for Parents." In J.L. Jolly, D. J. Treffinger, T. F. Inman, and J. F. Smutny (Eds.), Parenting Gifted Children. Prufock Press (2010.)

"Phonics/Reading issues." Co-authored with J.A. Helfer. Edited by C. Kridel. Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies. Thousand Oaks, California, SAGE Publications, (2010): 645-647.

"Abatement." Schroth, S.T., Helfer, J.A., and Lanfair, J.K. In P. Robbins, N.Cohen, and J.G. Golson (Eds.), Green Business: An A-to-Z Guide, SAGE Publications, (2010.)

"Excellence." Coauthored with J.A. Helfer. Edited by C. Kridel. Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies. Thousand Oaks, California, SAGE Publications (2010): 358-359.

"Los Angeles, California." Schroth, S.T., Helfer, J.A., and Lanfair, J.K. In P.Robbins, N.Cohen, and J.G. Golson (Eds.), Green Cities: An A-to-Z Guide, SAGE Publications (2010.)

"Bicycling." In P. Robbins, N. Cohen, and J.G. Golson (Eds.) Schroth, S.T., Helfer, J.A., and Dooley, M.D. Green Cities: An A-to-Z Guide, SAGE Publications (2010.)

Teen Opera Circle: The Musical Museum 2010-2011. Chicago: Lyric Opera of Chicago (2010.)

Educators': Conceptions of Giftedness. Co-authored with J.A. Helfer. Manuscript accepted by the Journal for Advanced Academics.

Project MUSEUM LA: Monitoring Understanding of English/Spanish Users to Maximize Language Acquisition. Manuscript submitted for publication.

"Prodigies." Co-authored with J.A. Helfer. Edited by B. Kerr. Encyclopedia of Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent. Thousand Oaks, California, SAGE Publications, 2009.

"Precocity." Co-authored with J.A. Helfer. Edited by B. Kerr. Encyclopedia of Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent. Thousand Oaks, California, SAGE Publications, 2009.

Using technology to assist gifted children's musical development. Co-authored with J.A. Helfer, and R. Dammer. Manuscript accepted by Gifted Child Today 32.2 (2009): 54-61.

"Resisting the Strength of Necessity: Problematical Conceptions of and Reactions to Gifted Children." Schroth, S.T., & Helfer, J.A. In J.A. Helfer (ed.), 2006-2007 Proceedings of the Society for the Philosophical Study of Education Author House (2009): 321-348.

Teen Opera Circle: The Musical Museum. Helfer, J.A. & Schroth, S.T. Chicago: Lyric Opera of Chicago, (2009).

"The Care and Tending of Young Gifted Learners: Ways of Identifying, Engaging, and Serving Gifted Children from Pre-K through Third Grade." Schroth, S.T., & Helfer, J.A. Illinois Association for Gifted Children Journal 9, 19.23 (2009).

"Gifted Education in China: A Transition Toward Student-Centered Instruction." Schroth, S.T., Helfer, J.A., Beck, D.L., Latshaw, K.M., and Bahr, Z.A. Gifted Education Press Quarterly 23.3 (2009): 2-7.

"An Interview with Margaret Laney Leigh." Schroth, S.T., Helfer, J.A. Conceptual Foundations17.1 (2009): 3-6.

"Conceptual Foundations Network Year-End Summary." Schroth, S.T., & Helfer, J.A. NAGC Network News, 3 (2009).

"Michael Tilson Thomas." Schroth, S. T., Helfer, J. A., and Gonshorek, D.O. In M.D. Fisher (ed.), Heroes of Giftedness. Gifted Education Press (2009).

"Pierre Boulez." Schroth, S.T., Helfer, J.A., & Gonshorek, D.O. In M.D. Fisher (ed.), Heroes of Giftedness. Gifted Education Press (2009).

"Practitioners Conceptions of Academic Talent and Giftedness: Essential Factors in Deciding Classroom and School Composition." Schroth, S. T., & Helfer, J. A. Journal of Advanced Academics 20.3 (2009): 384-403.

Backstage Pass! The Elixir of Love Student Magazine. Helfer, J.A., Schroth, S.T. Chicago: Lyric Opera of Chicago, (2009).

Backstage Pass! The Elixir of Love Teacher's Guide. Helfer, J.A., & Schroth, S.T. Chicago: Lyric Opera of Chicago, (2009).

Review of A Whole New Mind (with Jason Helfer), 2009.

Invited review of Diversity in Gifted Education: International Perspectives on Global Issues. Gifted Education International 24 2.3 (2008): 377-379.

"Urban School Districts': Enrichment Programs: Who Should Be Served?" Co-authored with J.A. Helfer. Journal of Urban Education 5.1 (2008): 7-17.

"Using primary source documents with primary-grade social studies students: An effective strategy for developing young gifted learners." Scope 3.1 (2008): 3-5.

"Identifying Gifted Students: Educator Beliefs Regarding Various Policies, Processes, and Procedures." Co-authored with J.A. Helfer. Journal for the Education of the Gifted 32.2 (2008): 155-179.

"Aesthetic percipience part 1: The value of supporting gifted students' appreciation of and affinity for the fine arts." Co-authored with J.A. Helfer. Gifted Education Press Quarterly 22.2 (2008): 10-18.

"Aesthetic percipience part 2: Instructional strategies that support gifted students' appreciation of and affinity for the fine art." Co-authored with J.A. Helfer. Gifted Education Press Quartlerly 22.3 (2008): 11-14.

"Selecting After-school Programs: A Guide for Parents." Parenting for High Potential (2007): 21-30.

Invited review of Diversity in Gifted Education: International Perspectives on Global Issues. Teachers College Record 2007.

"Models for Excellence: the Importance of Masterworks for Gifted Children (and Their Teachers.)" Co-authored with J.A. Helfer. Gifted Education News Page 16.6 (2007): 2.

"Seeing and Seeing As: The Challenges in the Identification of Gifted Children." Co-authored with J.A. Helfer. Conceptual Foundations 15.1 (2007): 12-17.

"Levels of Service." Edited by C.M. Callahan and J. A. Plucker. Critical Issues and Practices in Gifted Education. Prufrock Press, 2007.

Multiple Case Studies of Teachers and Classrooms Successful in Supporting the Academic Needs of High-potential Low-income Students of Color. Co-authored with C.A. Tomlinson, H. Gould, and J. Jarvis. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia, National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, 2006.

Review of the Book Practice With Purpose: Literacy Work Stations for Grades 3-6. Education Review, 2006.

Review of the Book Nurturing Talent in High School: Life in the Fast Lane. Teachers College Record 108.8 (2006): 1616-1619.

"Teacher Tenure: Due Process Rights or Change Deterrent?" Co-authored with J. Coleman, L. Molinaro, and M. Green. Journal of Personnel Evaluation in Education 18.3 (2006): 219-231.

"Using Presentation Software in Elementary Classrooms: Sizzling or Sappy?" Bits & Bites 4.2 (Fall 2005): 1-4.

"Curriculum for Gifted Students: Strategies, Methods, and a Model for Success." Conceptual Foundations 13.1 (Spring 2005): 1-6.

Evaluation Report: Lawrence Gifted Program. Co-authored with C.M. Callahan, R.M. Kyburg, M.R. Capper, M. Dunleavy, C.B. Read, and H. Yoo. Charlottesville, VA: National Association for Gifted Children, 2005.

Presentations
"Using Music to Build Creative & Divergent Thinking: Auditory Thinking Strategies." Paper with Gonshorek, D.O., National Association for Gifted Children, Atlanta, Georgia, 2010.

"They Know it When They See it: Or Do They? Educator Perceptions of Giftedness." Paper with Gonshorek, D.O., and Lanfair, J.K., National Association for Gifted Children, Atlanta, Georgia, 2010.

"Maestro! Maestro! Using Technology to Assist Gifted Children's Musical Development." Paper with Gonshorek, D.O., and Lanfair, J.K., National Association for Gifted Children, Atlanta, Georgia, 2010.

"Culturally Responsive Teaching: Empowering Navajo Children in the Classroom." Paper with Beck, D.L., Gonshorek, D.O., and Lanfair, J.K., National Association for Multicultural Education, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2010.

"Risk & Resilience: Building Leadership Capacity in Gifted Children." Paper with Gonshorek, D.O., Wisconsin Association for the Talented and Gifted, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, 2010.

"Knox College Icons & Iconoclasts." Paper with Beck, D.L., Helfer, J.A., Gonshorek, D.O., and Lanfair, J.K., Jefferson Scholars Foundation 2010 Biannual Forum for Interdisciplinary Dialogue, Charlottesville, Virginia, 2010.

"Art and Music Educators' Beliefs Regarding Talent Development of Artistically Gifted Children." Paper with Helfer, J.A., Gonshorek, D.O., and Lanfair, J.K., Tenth Biennial Wallace Research Symposium, Iowa City, Iowa, 2010.

"Preparing Diverse Teachers to Teach Diverse Gifted Children." Paper with Helfer, J.A., Gonshorek, D.O., and Lanfair, J.K., Illinois Association for Gifted Children, Chicago, Illinois, 2010.

"Puncturing Perfectionism: Allowing Achievement." Paper with Helfer, J.A., and Gonshorek, D.O., Illinois Association for Gifted Children, Chicago, Illinois, 2010.

"Using Auditory Thinking Strategies with Gifted Children." With J. A. Helfer. Meeting of the California Association for the Gifted, Anaheim, California, 2009.

"Differentiating Math & Music Instruction with Tiered Lessons." With J. A. Helfer. Meeting of the California Association for the Gifted, Anaheim, California, 2009.

"Preparing to Teach the Gifted: A Research-Based Approach." With J. A. Helfer. Meeting of the California Association for the Gifted, Anaheim, California, 2009.

"Complex Instruction: Challenging Social Studies Students." With J. A. Helfer. Meeting of the California Association for the Gifted, Anaheim, California, 2009.

"Using Guided Investigations to Accelerate Math and Music Learning." With J. A. Helfer. Meeting of the Illinois Association of Gifted Children, Chicago, Illinois, 2009.

"Providing Arts Instruction with Visual Thinking Strategies." With J. A. Helfer. Meeting of the Illinois Association of Gifted Children, Chicago, Illinois, 2009.

"Why Gifted Education Exists: Theoretical and Research-Based Justifications; Painting Reality: Using the Visual Arts to Enrich Reading Instruction." Paper presented with Helfer, J.A. & Gonshorek, D.O. at the National Association of Gifted Children, St. Louis, Missouri, 2009.

"The Axiology of Gifted Education; The Musical Museum: Using Guided Investigations to Teach Music and Social Studies. Paper Presentations with Helfer, J.A. at the National Association for Gifted Children, St. Louis, Missouri, 2009.

"Lazy, Goof-Off, or Genius? Positioning Underachieving Gifted Students. Paper Presentation with Helfer, J.A. & Gonshorek, D.O. at the meeting of the Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted. Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, 2009.

"Assessment Driven Decision Making: Positioning the Gifted Learner for the Checkered Flag!" Paper presented with Helfer, J.A. at the meeting of the Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, 2009.

Panel discussion about ACM-Teagle projects focused on quantitative reasoning. Participant in panel discussion at Conference of Associated Colleges of the Midwest Teagle Project, Ripon, Wisconsin, 2009.

"Practitioners‘ Conceptions of Academic Talent and Giftedness: Essential Factors in Deciding Classroom and School Composition." Paper presented with Helfer, J.A. at the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, California, 2009.

"Preparing to Teach the Gifted: A Research-Based Approach; Complex Instruction: Challenging Social Studies Students." Papers presented with Helfer, J.A. at the California Association for the Gifted, Anaheim, California, 2009.

"Using Guided Investigations to Accelerate Math and Music Learning; Providing Arts Instruction with Visual Thinking Strategies." Papers presented with Helfer, J.A. at the Illinois Association of Gifted Children, Chicago, Illinois, 2009.

"Project REACH: A model for preparing pre-service and in-service teachers to better serve gifted children." Coauthored with J. A. Helfer. Meeting of the National Association of Gifted Children, Tampa, Florida, 2008.

"Using Visual Thinking Strategies: Providing differentiated arts instruction to gifted students in enrichment or mixed-ability classrooms." Coauthored with J. A. Helfer. Meeting of the National Association of Gifted Children, Tampa, Florida, 2008.

"Aesthetic percipience: A novice’s entryway into the arts." Coauthored with J. A. Helfer. Meeting of the National Association of Gifted Children, Tampa, Florida, 2008.

"Autonomy, giftedness, and educational initiatives: Throwing the baby out with the bathwater." Coauthored with J. A. Helfer. Meeting of the National Association of Gifted Children, Tampa, Florida, 2008.

"Auditory Thinking Strategies: Opening Gifted Children’s Musical Worlds One Child at a Time." Coauthored with J. A. Helfer. Meeting of the Wisconsin Association of Talented & Gifted, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, 2008.

"Using Tiered Lessons with Math & Music: How One Teacher Can Differentiate Instruction to Empower the Gifted Student." Coauthored with J. A. Helfer. Meeting of the Wisconsin Association of Talented & Gifted, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, 2008.

"Building Gifted Education: How Parents and Teachers in One District Built a Gifted Education Program." Coauthored with J. A. Helfer. Meeting of the Wisconsin Association of Talented & Gifted, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, 2008.

"Educators’ conceptions of giftedness: An essential factor in decisions regarding classroom and school composition." Coauthored with J. A. Helfer. Ninth Biennial Wallace Research Symposium, Iowa City, Iowa, 2008.

"Differentiating Arts Instruction with Aesthetic Puzzles." Coauthored with J. A. Helfer. Paper presented at the meeting of the California Association of the Gifted, Anaheim, California, 2008.

"Using Guided Investigations to Maximize Middle School Math Instruction." Coauthored with J. A. Helfer. Meeting of the California Association of the Gifted, Anaheim, California, 2008.

"Visual Thinking Strategy: Providing Breadth and Depth in Art." Coauthored with J. A. Helfer. Meeting of the California Association of the Gifted, Anaheim, California, 2008.

"Signature Series: What the Research Says from A to Z." Coauthored with C. M. Callahan, and J. A. Helfer. Meeting of the National Association of Gifted Children, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2007.

"Urban school districts' enrichment programs: Who should be served?" Coauthored with J. A. Helfer. Meeting of the National Association of Gifted Children, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2007.

"Project PLUS: Project-based logic utilizing solutions." Coauthored with J. A. Helfer. Meeting of the National Association of Gifted Children, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2007.

"Seeing giftedness as giftedness: A philosophical paradox." Coauthored with J.A. Helfer. Meeting of the National Association of Gifted Children, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2007.

"Supporting aesthetic development: A puzzling dilemma." Coauthored with J.A. Helfer. Meeting of the National Association of Gifted Children, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2007.

"Resisting the strength of necessity: Teachers’ problematical conceptualization of and reaction to gifted children." Meeting of the Society for the Philosophical Study of Education, Chicago, Illinois, 2007.

"Math in the middle." Coauthored with J.A. Helfer. Meeting of the Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, 2007.

"Aesthetic puzzles in the elementary classroom." Co-authored with J.A. Helfer. Meeting of the Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, 2007.

"Educator perceptions of 'giftedness' and those who would benefit from gifted services." Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, Illinois, 2007.

"Project MUSEUM LA: Boosting Gifted English Language Learners' Performance." National Association for Gifted Children, Charlotte, North Carolina.

"Leadership, Law and Government: Using Technology with an Elementary Social Studies Curriculum." National Association for Gifted Children, Charlotte, North Carolina.

"Project MUSEUM LA: ESL Strategies for Advanced Learners." Illinois Association for Teacher Education, Galesburg, Illinois.

Campus & Community Involvement
Chair Elect for the Arts Division, National Association for Gifted Children.
President, Knox College/Illinois Chapter, Phi Delta Kappa.
Member, Knox College Honor Board.
Member, Knox College Honorary Degrees Committee.
Risk Management Advisor, Beta Theta Pi.
Standards Advisor, Alpha Sigma Alpha.
Co-Director, Knox College 4 Kids.
Member, American Educational Research Association.
Member, American Psychological Association.
Member, Illinois Association for Gifted Children.
Midwest Conference Faculty Representative.


What Students Say
"Stephen Schroth, or "Dr. Wonderful" as I sometimes like to refer to him, is the epitome of his nickname. As Stephen's advisee and student I feel extremely lucky to be in the hands of such a profound and caring individual who is willing to go beyond the call of duty for anyone who needs or desires his assistance."
-Christopher E. Johnson, Educational Studies Major

"My student/advisee friendship with Stephen began just a few weeks into my first class of his. Professor Schroth provided me with many opportunities which helped enrich my general experience at Knox College. More importantly, he has demonstrated without pause such patience and support. Stephen is a passionate and caring educator, role model, and friend."
-Daniel O. Gonshorek, Studio Art & Elementary Education Major

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