Center for Talent Development’s (CTD) Gifted LearningLinks (GLL) gifted enrichment courses allow students in grades 3 through 8, with occasional special programs offered for older students, to explore interesting and exciting topics beyond the core curriculum typically provided by schools. In addition to providing an in-depth introduction to the topic of each course, course activities are designed to cultivate higher-level thinking and creative problem solving skills.
GLL online enrichment courses are based on a flexible cohort model, with courses starting quarterly. The structure of the GLL Enrichment program allows students to have meaningful opportunities to interact not only with their instructors, but also with other gifted classmates.
Students participate in a variety of activities including online discussions, collaborative projects and/or real-time interactive sessions with like-minded peers.
Gifted LearningLinks is a pioneer in gifted distance education backed by years of research and experience in talent development and virtual learning.
Applications for Winter Session open October 5.
Enrichment Highlights: Raspberry Pi
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Visit MyCTD Toolbox to begin an application.
The GLL program welcomes applications from new applicants, returning applicants and portfolio applicants. When beginning the application process, select the applicant type best suited to you based on the descriptions below.
You are a new applicant if you meet one of the following criteria:
You have never attended any Center for Talent Development program (CTD) and you have qualifying talent search test scores (EXPLORE®, ACT® or SAT®) from an American academic talent search program such as Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS), Western Academic Talent Search (WATS), Duke Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP), Center for Talented Youth (CTY) Talent Search, or Belin-Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search (BESTS). Students from India, Kuwait, Singapore or the United Arab Emirates who have participated in the ASSET Talent Search and earned scores at or above the 90th percentile may also qualify on the basis of their test scores. (More information is available on CTD’s ASSET Talent Search page.)
- You have previously attended another CTD program, but are now applying for a course in a different subject area and you have qualifying test scores.
You are a returning applicant if you meet both of the following criteria:
- You have successfully completed a Center for Talent Development (CTD) course through the Saturday Enrichment Program, Summer Program or Gifted LearningLinks Program.
- You are now applying for a GLL course in the same subject area of the CTD course you previously completed and wish to use your old scores as evidence of your qualifications for the program.
You are a portfolio applicant if you meet the following criterion:
- You do not have qualifying test scores because you have either:
- Never taken a nationally normed standardized achievement test.
- Taken a nationally normed standardized test, but did not achieve a qualifying test score.
- A portfolio application consists of the following documents uploaded to the MyCTD application:
- Two teacher recommendations indicating student is performing 1.5 to 2 years above grade level in the subject area of the online course to which student is applying;
- A copy of the student's current school report card indicating exceptional performance in the subject area of the online course to which student is applying;
- Most recent state testing report, if available; and
- Any results of EXPLORE®, ACT®, SAT®, or other nationally normed tests, if available.
A Homeschooler Admission Porfolio includes the following:
- Two teacher recommendation forms from adults unrelated to the applicant; and
- Parent's statement describing the student's learning in the appropriate academic area over the past year, including references to curricula, books, projects, and activities.
Additionally, the Homeschooler Admission Portfolio may include any or all of the following, depending on availability:
- Copies of the student's best work in the appropriate academic area;
- Copies of teacher evaluations from any classes taken from umbrella schools, co-ops, etc.;
- Copies of any available standardized test reports taken in the last 24 months;
- Copy of transcript or grade report for current academic year (please indicate if this was produced by a parent); and
- Any other information that might provide insight into the student's academic strengths and help us place him/her in the appropriate course.
Students will be engaged in academically stimulating and engaging activities designed to develop higher-level thinking skills. A student should have a keen interest in the subject, be eager to work through academic challenges, and have a desire to learn using technology.
While students will have flexibility in terms of when they log on, courses' weekly pacing guides are designed to help students stay on track. The student’s ability to manage their time and adjust their effort are keys to success to success.
Students should expect to spend 2-5 hours per week engaged in course activities. Our dedicated instructors will initiate and guide online discussions, but students should possess effective communication skills including proficient reading and writing skills and feel comfortable asking questions.
Instructors make every effort to schedule real-time class sessions around busy schedules. When attendance is not possible, students can access recordings of real-time class sessions anytime after they occur.
- Acceptance notifications are sent via e-mail upon receipt of a completed application.
- Prior to the course start date, students receive login information allowing them to gain access to the learning management system (LMS), Schoology, which houses online courses.
- Course access begins on the official start date.
- The GLL experience starts with a virtual online orientation for all new students (returning students are welcome to repeat the orientation).
- Syllabi, assignments, timelines, discussion boards, links and more are found on the course site, which is available 24/7.
- Primary communication with the course instructor and/or classmates occurs within the learning management system. Depending on the nature of the subject matter and student preferences, instructors may use additional tools including, but not limited to, discussion boards, the phone, and online class meetings such as Skype, Adobe Connect and/or Google Apps.
Students will be e-mailed a narrative evaluation that comments on the student’s academic performance and online learning skills including communication and time management as well as future course recommendations.
Evaluations can also be accessed through the family's MyCTD account.
For information on how schools can partner with Gifted LearningLinks, visit our Partner Opportunities page.
- Students need access to a stable internet connection and updated web browser.
- Participation in “live” online sessions may require a computer microphone or headset.
- While iPads and tablet computers may be sufficient for most coursework, some web tools and/or websites may require the use of a computer or laptop.