Realizing one’s full potential is a journey. Since 1982, Center for Talent Development (CTD), part of Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy, has provided comprehensive programs and services that guide and encourage students on that journey. CTD helps young people find their individualized strengths and interests, while creating their unique talent development path. At CTD, students learn more than content and academic skills. Our students:
Students at different ages learn in different ways, have different needs, and have different goals. They need programs that are designed to help them advance in ways that fit their stage of development and family situation. Find the right program for now or think ahead to plan your next steps:
Programs to identify interests and emerging talents. A journey of discovery and enrichment.
Programs to build knowledge and develop skills in emerging talent areas. Opportunities to accelerate and deepen talent development.
Students have a lot of responsibilities throughout the year (and so do families). We’ve designed our programs to fit in every season, adapt to competing schedules, and address multiple interests and goals. View all our program options.
Not every student knows their strengths or the level and pace at which they are ready to learn new content and skills. CTD can help. Since its inception, CTD has utilized above-grade-level testing as one way to identify academic ability, measure growth, and connect academically advanced students with resources and educational opportunities, including gifted education services, advanced academic programs, and academic acceleration. CTD can provide:
Evidence-based practices and continuous improvement in education, particularly gifted education, are at the heart of our mission. Our expert staff members work with schools to review and reimagine gifted education programs and services that are equitable, inclusive, and responsive to the diverse needs of students. CTD professional learning teaches educators to identify abilities and learning needs and to provide more personalized enriched and accelerated instruction. Customized courses bring CTD's enrichment and accelerated coursework into classrooms.