Gifted Program Evaluation and Policy

CTD can help assure your gifted program reflects best practices and meets state and national policy guidelines.

  • Customized consulting to design or improve existing programs and services
  • Evaluation of your gifted program and related services using National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) programming standards
  • Policy development and/or document review for identification, program placement, and academic acceleration

Contact us at or 847/467-0615 to discuss a proposal for services.

Professional Development

Targeted professional development regarding the needs of high ability or gifted students and best practices for instruction enables educators to be more effective, especially since many educators do not receive training as part of their teacher preparation programs. CTD provides a wide range of learning opportunities for educators.

  • Convenient, asynchronous online mini-courses led by nationally recognized personnel on topics including, but not limited to, identification best practices, social-emotional needs, or differentiation
  • Face-to-face conferences and workshops held at Northwestern University
  • Customizable workshops and trainings for educators and administrators at your site
  • Opportunities to work in CTD summer, online, or weekend programs, providing on-the-job skills and experience

Contact us at or 847/467-0615 to discuss a proposal for services.

Assessment and Growth Monitoring for High-Performing Students

Grade-level tests, including state and popular computer-adaptive exams, do not have sufficient ceilings to measure the full extent of high-achieving students' knowledge. In contrast, above-grade-level assessment offered through Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) provides the data needed to accurately unmask exceptional potential, determine a zone of proximal development, differentiate instruction, measure growth, and demonstrate the impact of services for accountability purposes. Assessment with CTD's NUMATS offers you significant value.

  • Benchmarks the performance of your gifted students against peers in districts with similar demographics
  • Above-grade-level assessment via PSATTM 8/9 in grades 3-6 and SAT or ACT in grades 6-9, pinpoints what students know and are ready to do academically
  • Provides recommendations for course sequences and appropriate services

Contact us at or 847/467-0615 to discuss a proposal for services.

Programming for Students and Parents

Expand the enrichment and accelerated programming you are able to provide to students, utilizing CTD's expertise and high-quality programs. Engage students in CTD's current online, summer, and weekend programs or collaborate to tailor a program for your school or district. Provide parents with the information and resources they need to support their child's talent development. 

  • Opportunities to collaborate with CTD to provide online, weekend, or summer programming for students
  • Conferences and free seminars for parents
  • Online communities for parents and students facilitated by CTD staff (CTD Backpack)

Contact us at or 847/467-0615 to discuss a proposal for customized services.

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