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Family Opportunities

Pathways to Talent Development
CTD's Approach

Talent development involves the whole family.

CTD supports families throughout their child’s academic journey by offering seminars, annual family events, robust online communities, and tools that help monitor growth and celebrate milestones. These resources, which promote interactions with both experts and other families of academically talented students from around the world, provide the guidance and support necessary for children to develop their talents fully.

Events for Parents and Families

Learn from experts. Network with peers. Develop advocacy skills.

Participate in CTD's events to get the most current information about gifted education, talent development, and other important issues that affect your family.

family at CTD conference on Northwestern campus

Opportunities for the Future Family Conference

This annual family event features stimulating workshops and presentations designed to help academically talented students and their parents plan for the future.

Join us in Summer 2022!

CTD Pathfinders

Every successful journey begins with a map, the proper tools, and a knowledgeable guide.

A CTD Pathfinders membership provides the resources necessary for students to set meaningful learning goals, make informed decisions, track progress, and connect with others with similar interests and experiences. Membership includes the following:

  • registration for a NUMATS assessment or CTD Encounters at Home course
  • an online portfolio system
  • STEAM activity playlists and talent development badges
  • access to CTD Backpack for StudentsTM and CTD Backpack for ParentsTM online communities
  • course planning tools and recommendations

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Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars

Exciting Scholarship Opportunity for Students in Grade 7

The Young Scholars Program, from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, is a selective five-year pre-college scholarship for high-performing middle school students with financial need, It is the largest scholarship of its kind in the nation. Young Scholars receive individualized academic advising, financial support, and a have an opportunity to apply to the foundation’s $40,000 per year College Scholarship. 

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Need Help Getting Started? Consult with an Expert.

If you would like to work with a CTD staff member to discuss your child’s strengths, interests, or talent development pathway, consider setting up a consultation.

“CTD is a wonderful place to network and learn about various educational
topics.” - CTD Parent

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