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Gifted Education Boot Camp for Educators

Core Knowledge and Skills Necessary for Talent Development

Advanced learners have educational needs that require educators and administrators to have specialized knowledge and skillsets. They also need high-quality gifted education programs. Unfortunately, most teacher preparation programs only offer a limited introduction to gifted education. For those new to gifted education or looking for the latest research and practices, Center for Talent Development (CTD) at Northwestern University has developed professional learning for teachers that provides the knowledge and skills classroom teachers and administrators need to identify exceptional academic talent, develop their gifted and talented curriculum, provide appropriate instructional support, and help students achieve optimal growth. 

This 15-hour training is available virtually. 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

  • Dimensions of equity and creating an inclusive, equitable continuum of services
  • Evidence-based programming practices
  • Effective identification of abilities and learning needs
  • Assessment and growth monitoring
  • Acceleration, enrichment, and rigorous curriculum
  • Grouping and differentiating instruction
  • Social-emotional needs and psychosocial skill development

View Sample Course Syllabus

ISBE Professional Development Hours are available.


Susan Corwith, CTD Associate Director; Melissa Hinshaw, CTD Assessment Coordinator; Eric Calvert, CTD Associate Director


$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



Check the Events Calendar, filtering for professional learning, to see scheduled sessions.

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"The discussion boards are very interesting. Very enriching to read the reflections and experiences of other educators and the advice of the experts." - Boot Camp Participant

"I will follow the standards for gifted education and apply activities and resources presented in the course materials and shared by colleagues." - Boot Camp Participant

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