Learning is an adventure. 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’s Pathways approach 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:
Whether you are an old friend or just learning about CTD, we invite you to explore the stories and milestones highlighted on our 40th anniversary web page, share your own talent development journey, and participate in upcoming CTD programs and events.
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. For students looking to discover and nurture their talents, there are many ways CTD can help. For over 35 years, CTD has utilized above-grade-level testing as a tool for identifying academic ability, measuring growth, and connecting academically advanced students with resources and opportunities (including gifted education services, gate programs, advanced academic programs). But, above-grade-level testing is just one tool CTD offers to inform your talent development journey.
If you have found the program and course for you, we would love for you to apply. Learn more about the application and admissions process for CTD's various courses.
At CTD, we believe that a deep love of learning is key to lifelong growth and satisfaction. When a student sees that learning can engage their curiosity, spark their interests, provide a network of peers and mentors, and help them understand the world, they carry that into the classroom and into life. At CTD, we provide resources and programming to both students and parents, engaging the whole family in fostering talent development.
Best practices and continuous improvement in education are at the heart of our mission. We give educators and administrators the tools and resources necessary to create the best learning environments possible and advocate for advanced learners. 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.
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Your donations help provide scholarships for talented students who need financial assistance. Our mission is to help students fulfill and exceed their potential. With your help, we can expand our reach and assure students have access to critical talent development opportunities.
Dozens of subjects. Hundreds of courses. Countless experiences.