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Gifted Education Services for Educators and Schools

from a Talent Development Perspective

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Our Approach

CTD's approach to teaching and learning is informed by the Talent Development framework, which includes the following tenets:

  • Talents and passions need to be identified and nurtured.
  • Talents can be developed through learning and practice.
  • Talent development requires more than content knowledge; it takes supporting the student holistically. 

Giftedness is not a state of being. It’s a developmental process--a journey--that involves cultivating potential into achievement. Learn more about the talent development journey and our pathways approach.

Available Services

Center for Talent Development (CTD) works collaboratively with educators and schools to meet the needs of advanced and gifted students. CTD provides a range of services, including consulting; talent development program design and program reviews; professional learning for administrators and educators; enrichment curriculum; enrichment and accelerated courses for students; and job opportunities for educators.

“CTD’s recommendations have been outstanding. You know our community, you know our teachers, you know our kids.”  – Dr. Sophie, Retired Superintendent, Lake Bluff School District 65

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Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship Programs

Exciting Scholarship Opportunities for Students with Financial Need

The Young Scholars Program and the College Scholarship, from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, are selective multi-year scholarships for high-performing middle and high school students with financial need. Scholars receive individualized academic advising, financial support for tuition and supplemental programs, and more.

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CTD Research

CTD is on the cutting edge of research on talent development.

Center for Talent Development (CTD) is an accredited learning center and research facility housed in the School of Education & Social Policy at Northwestern University. Since its founding in 1982, research has been at the core of our program design and methods. Recognized as a leader in the fields of talent development and gifted education, CTD and its leadership continue to contribute groundbreaking research on talent development. 

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Gifted Education Resources

Find the best resources in your back yard or around the world.

In addition to conducting its own research and programs, Center for Talent Development (CTD) serves as a clearinghouse, sharing valuable information and opportunities from a variety of reputable sources with parents and educators.

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