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Gifted Education Services for Educators and Schools

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Our Approach

CTD 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.

Collaborate with CTD

Center for Talent Development (CTD) works collaboratively with educators and schools to help them meet the needs of advanced and gifted students. CTD provides a range of resources and services, including consulting; program reviews; professional learning; 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


Understand your students' abilities. Plan for instruction. Demonstrate growth.

Helping students reach their full potential is an important mission for educators. CTD's assessment tools and resources help ensure educators have the tools to fulfill that mission for advanced learners. Using above-grade-level assessments (PSAT 8/9 for students in grades 3-6 and SAT or ACT for students in grades 6-9), Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) offers a more nuanced profile of advanced students' learning needs. The tests used in NUMATS:

  • reveal the type of content students are ready to learn;
  • assess readiness for acceleration; and
  • provide growth measures when taken annually. 

Learn More About CTD Assessment for Schools

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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Resources for parents and educators. Hundreds of courses for students. Countless experiences. Please share information with others who might be interested!

Help Students Find the Programs They Need

CTD has developed and Educational Program Guide for families that lists enrichment programs, schools, and scholarships for gifted students. We also help schools and organizations that serve gifted students and their families connect with them.


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