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Gifted Education Boot Camp for Administrators

Developing Leadership to Implement Effective Programming

Creating a comprehensive, effective, and equitable gifted education program from a talent development perspective requires knowledge of best practices and informed use of resources. For administrators new to gifted education or those with experience but looking to make changes guided by the latest research and practices, Center for Talent Development (CTD) at Northwestern University has developed gifted education Boot Camp.

This 15-hour training is available virtually and includes consulting time with a CTD staff member. It can also be offered locally for groups of educators from a particular school or district – making use of online, in-person, or hybrid approaches.

Boot Camp Topics

An Introduction to the Field

  • Understanding giftedness and national programming standards
  • Dimensions of equity
  • A primer on current national and state policies
  • Best practices (and missteps) for identification of advanced learners

Creating a School Environment to Support High Ability Learners

  • How to ensure equity within program models
  • Creating inclusive service settings and a continuum of services

Ensuring Quality Instruction

  • Effective curriculum selection and instructional best practices for high ability learners
  • Tips and tools for teachers in managing learning needs

Applying Your Learning

  • Policy development that supports talent development
  • Relationship building with your stakeholder groups
  • Providing effective teacher coaching and professional learning opportunities

ISBE Professional Development Hours are available.


Susan Corwith, CTD Associate Director; Melissa Hinshaw, CTD Assessment Coordinator; Eric Calvert, CTD Associate Director; Lindsay Wall Succari, Civic Education Project Coordinator


$495 per person; $395 per person for groups of 3 or more registered from the same school or district; $395 for current CTD instructors; $395 for current SESP students


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