CTD's approach to teaching and learning is informed by the Talent Development framework, which includes the following tenets:
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.
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.
From consulting and program review to professional learning and customized courses for students, find the right services to fit your needs.
CTD can advise you on best practices, evaluate and help reimagine your gifted education services, inform your revision of policies and procedures, or help plan programming that reflects best practices.
CTD creates innovative in-person, online, and hybrid solutions that are customizable, aligned to your priorities, and differentiated to meet your needs.
Expand the enrichment and accelerated programming you are able to provide to students, utilizing CTD's rigorous enrichment curriculum or high-quality accelerated programming in your school setting.
Share your knowledge and expertise while you hone your practice working with advanced students in a variety of learning environments. Join CTD as an instructor, teaching assistant, or program administrator and experience all the rewards of working within a vibrant learning community.
“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
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:
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.
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.
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.
Resources for parents and educators. Hundreds of courses for students. Countless experiences. Please share information with others who might be interested!
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.