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Why Choose a Leadership Intensive Course?

Explore ideas, challenge your thinking, and come away with a deeper understanding of your strengths and talents to reach your full potential! 

  • Weekly live online class sessions during the six-week session

  • An asset-based curriculum that promotes self-reflection and goal-setting on leadership traits and practices

  • Opportunities to build community and collaborate with other bright young leaders on issues you care about

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Define Your Leadership Pathway

Embark on a journey of intellectual, emotional and social growth through personalized self-development and discovery. 

Courses in the Leadership Intensive series can be taken individually, or students can use the leadership intensive course overview to develop their own pathway and fully cultivate their leadership development.

Details

APPLICATION PROCESS & DEADLINES

The Civic Education Project at CTD welcomes applications from returning applicants as well as new score and portfolio applicants. Before beginning the online application, determine which type of applicant you are based on the descriptions below.

Pre-qualified Review Applicant
You are a pre-qualified review applicant if you are in grade 7 through 10 and you meet the following criteria: 

  • You have successfully completed a CTD course with a verbal/reading qualifying area through the Civic Education Project, Weekend Enrichment Program, Summer Program or Online Program at the Emerald Tier, or a tier with a higher score requirement, within the previous twenty-four months. 

New Scores Applicant
You are a new scores applicant if you are grade 7 through 10 and you meet any one of the following criteria:

  • You have never attended any CTD program and you have qualifying reading/verbal grade-level test scores  that are no more than two years old.
  • You have previously attended a  math qualifying course with the Weekend Enrichment Program, Summer Program, or CTD Online Program, but you are now applying with qualifying reading/verbal grade-level test scores. 
  • You have participated in above grade-level testing such as the PSAT™8/9 test taken in grades 5 or 6, the ACT® or SAT® test taken in grades 6, 7 or 8 (NUMATS);

New Portfolio Applicant
You are a portfolio applicant if you are in grade 7 through 10 and the following is applicable to you:

  • You do not have qualifying test scores because you have either:

             1) never taken a nationally-normed standardized achievement test, OR

             2) taken this type of test but not achieved a qualifying score.

An admission portfolio includes the following documents:

  • Required: one teacher recommendation form indicating that the student is performing 1½ to 2 years above grade level in the subject area of the course to which the student is applying (Home-school students may submit two teacher recommendations from non-family member adults who can speak to their capabilities in lieu of a teacher recommendation. Family members may not submit teacher recommendations for students); 
  • Required: most recent school report card indicating exceptional performance in the qualifying subject area to which the student is applying; 
  • If available: most recent state testing report (e.g. NWEA/MAP); or any results of a grade-level test such as PSAT™8/9 taken in middle school.

ELIGIBILITY

To qualify for Emerald tier Civic Education Project (CEP) Courses, students must be in grade 7 through 10 and must also provide one of the following:

  • Achievement of a score of 90th percentile or higher on a nationally normed grade-level assessment in the required qualifying subject area (Verbal or Math) for the desired course; OR
  • Successful past completion of a CTD course, with the same qualifying subject area within the past two years; OR
  • Submission of a portfolio application, consisting of a teacher recommendation and the student’s most recent report card demonstrating that the student is performing exceptionally well in the qualifying subject area; OR
  • Participation in above grade-level testing such as the PSAT™8/9 test taken in grades 5 or 6, the ACT® or SAT® test taken in grades 6, 7 or 8 (NUMATS)

FEES, FINANCIAL AID & WITHDRAWALS

Tuition 

Leadership Intensive 6-week course

  • $525 
  • Tuition increases by $25 after the Early Bird Rate Deadline
Session Early Bird Rate Deadline
Winter January 27
Spring April 7

 

Withdrawals

Requests for withdrawals and refunds must be made in writing no less than one week prior to the session start date. E-mail the request to ctd-admissions@northwestern.edu.

  • Withdrawals are subject to a processing fee of $60.
  • Students who withdraw 1-7 days before the session start are refunded 50% of the tuition less the withdrawal processing fee.
  • Students who withdraw on or after the session start date or are dismissed for disciplinary reasons are not eligible for any refund.
  • Refunds may take up to eight weeks to process.

Financial Aid

CTD offers need-based financial aid awarded as requests are received. Families are encouraged to apply early because the amount of aid available is limited. Please see the Financial Aid page for details. 

  • The deadline to complete a financial aid application for Leadership Intensive programs is two weeks prior to the start date of the program.
  • You will receive the FACTS application link in your application confirmation email once the 60 dollar tuition deposit is paid and the application is submitted.
  • It is imperative that you complete the financial aid application as soon as possible as it may take FACTS up to ten days to process your information.
  • If you previously completed a FACTS application for the 2019-2020 academic year for CTD, you must still attach the 2020-2021 FACTS application to your FACTS account.  You will be able to link your FACTS account to this new FACTS information.  You may need to update financial information.
  • If you experience difficulties with the FACTS process please call the FACTS helpline at 866-412-4637.

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

Courses in the Leadership Intensive series focus on skill-building, exploring concepts within the practice and study of leadership, and a deep dive into subject-area specific topics. View sample syllabi to learn more. 

Leadership Intensive Curriculum Components

Academic Seminars
Examine themes related to leadership through academic research and topic-focused presentations by instructors designed to build your skills. Dialogue with peers to identify diverse viewpoints and consider new ideas in your leadership development.

Reflection
Process course material through guided questions and activities that broaden your perspective and build critical thinking skills.

Speakers
Meet with government, business, and nonprofit leaders at the top of their fields to hear their experiences and paths to socially responsible leadership.

Teambuilding
Build communication, leadership, and problem-solving skills with classmates through instructor-led activities.

Our Leadership Intensive courses draw from a diverse student body, and our inclusive class communities honor multiple perspectives and interpretations of leadership. Courses are appropriate for students at various comfort and skill levels, and instruction will be tailored to meet students of diverse backgrounds and talents.

COURSE ENVIRONMENT

Our online courses are designed to allow each student to explore their strengths and potential as an engaged and creative leader through: 

  • Weekly live, online class sessions 
  • Self-paced assignments, lessons, and reflections
  • Guest speakers and interactions with community organizations online

Students will be engaged in academically stimulating and engaging activities designed to develop higher-level thinking skills. To be successful in these courses, a student should have a keen interest in the subject, be eager to work through academic challenges, and have a desire to learn in an online environment.

Courses are 6-week, online, flexibly paced with weekly live 90-minute class sessions. Outside of live class sessions, students should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week engaged in course activities. Our dedicated instructors will initiate and guide online lessons and discussions. Students should possess effective communication skills, including proficient reading and writing skills, and feel comfortable asking questions to guide their learning. The course syllabi will guide pacing, and instructional staff office hours are available to help students process content and stay on track. 

Online class sessions will occur at a consistent time throughout the course. When attendance is not possible, students can access recordings of real-time class sessions any time after they occur.

After each live class session, students will have the opportunity to provide short feedback so instructional staff and program administrators can monitor student progress and adjust teaching methods accordingly to meet the needs of diverse learners.

COURSE ACCESS AND ORIENTATION

Schoology, the learning management system used by CTD, is a user-friendly platform designed specifically for K - 12 online learners, and is COPPA-compliant.

Students will receive login information to Schoology via e-mail 24-48 hours before the course start date.

With their login information, students will receive information about a live, online orientation for all new Online Program students. (Returning students are also welcome to repeat the orientation.) The orientation will be recorded for students to view at a later time, if desired.

Access to course material begins on the course start date.

EVALUATIONS

All students receive a detailed evaluation after completion of the program. The evaluation provides feedback on the student’s achievements during the course and outlines areas for further growth. Evaluations are sent via e-mail and able to be accessed via MyCTD.

TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS

All course work and communication (including instructor contact information, the course syllabus, and assignments) take place within the Schoology course site. Schoology can be accessed on a desktop or laptop computer, or with the Schoology mobile app for iOS or Android tablets and phones. While tablets may be sufficient for most course work, some web tools and/or websites may require the use of a computer.

Students need access to a stable internet connection and updated web browser.

Participation in “live” course activities or multimedia recordings may require a computer web camera, microphone or headset.

CONTACT US

For questions regarding CEP Program admissions and financial aid, please contact:
ctd-admissions@northwestern.edu

For questions about current CEP Program enrollments, please contact:
cep@northwestern.edu

For questions about school partnerships with CEP Programs, please contact:
ctd-school-services@northwestern.edu

Courses

Leadership for Today (7-10)

January 27, 2021 - March 12, 2021
Description

An introductory course within the Leadership Intensive series. This course is 6 weeks, flexibly paced, with weekly synchronous online class meetings. Students should expect 2-3 hours of course work per week. Synchronous class sessions will take place on Mondays from 7-8:30PM CST.

Begin your leadership exploration here! Engage in interactive workshops on leadership topics, learn from Northwestern faculty and local civic leaders, and build critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills. Expand your leadership capacity through reflective learning opportunities and build community in a supportive online classroom.

Sample Syllabus

Program
Leadership Intensive
Subject Area
Leadership & Service
Location
Online

Raise Your Voice (7-8)

January 27, 2021 - March 12, 2021
Description

A public-speaking focused course within the Leadership Intensive series. This course is 6 weeks, flexibly paced, with weekly synchronous online class meetings. Students should expect 2-3 hours of course work per week. Synchronous class sessions will take place on Tuesdays from 7-8:30PM CST.

Today more than ever, young people have a voice on a global level. Build your capacity to engage, inspire, and motivate your peers through various channels, including the use of social media. Sharpen your skills in preparing and delivering a speech, asking thoughtful questions, and targeting your message through interactive workshops and collaborative projects. Learn to communicate with clarity and confidence!

Sample Syllabus

Program
Leadership Intensive
Subject Area
Leadership & Service
Location
Online

Making it Happen: Leading People & Projects (7-8)

January 27, 2021 - March 12, 2021
Description

A project-planning focused course within the Leadership Intensive series. This course is 6 weeks, flexibly paced, with weekly synchronous online class meetings. Students should expect 2-3 hours of course work per week. Synchronous class sessions will take place on Wednesdays from 7-8:30PM CST.

Pulling together ideas, people, and resources to get an idea off the ground is an essential skill set of any leader. Learn the basics of project and people management, including setting a vision, creating SMART goals, and delegating tasks and projects. Gain practice in assigning tasks with clarity and giving compassionate feedback. Students will create a project management plan to apply their learning.

Sample Syllabus

Program
Leadership Intensive
Subject Area
Leadership & Service
Location
Online

Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation (9-10)

January 27, 2021 - March 12, 2021
Description

A business focused course within the Leadership Intensive series. This course is 6 weeks, flexibly paced, with weekly synchronous online class meetings. Students should expect 2-3 hours of course work per week. Synchronous class sessions will take place on Thursdays from 7-8:30PM CST.

Explore some of the world’s most urgent social problems and ways they are being addressed through creativity and capital. Draw from cases studies, lessons from emerging entrepreneurs, and group collaboration to design your own social innovation. Develop and pitch your business plan for a problem that inspires you to take action!

Sample Syllabus

Program
Leadership Intensive
Subject Area
Leadership & Service
Location
Online

Courage in Action (9-10)

January 27, 2021 - March 12, 2021
Description

An English & Language Arts focused course within the Leadership Intensive series. This course is 6 weeks, flexibly paced, with weekly synchronous online class meetings. Students should expect 2-3 hours of course work per week. Synchronous class sessions will take place on Mondays from 7-8:30PM CST.

Leadership provides a myriad of opportunities to step up when it’s challenging to do so. Explore acts of courageous leadership from individuals across disciplines and history. Discover how leaders practice self-care, and consider ways to build a foundation of care for yourself and your community through narrative writing assignments and group projects. 

Sample Syllabus

Program
Leadership Intensive
Subject Area
Leadership & Service
Location
Online

The Healthcare Crisis (7-8)

April 7, 2021 - May 21, 2021
Description

A STEM focused course within the Leadership Intensive series. This course is 6 weeks, flexibly paced, with weekly synchronous online class meetings. Students should expect 2-3 hours of course work per week. Synchronous class sessions will take place on Mondays from 7-8:30PM CST.

We face a growing struggle to attend to the world’s individual and collective health care needs and its inequities. Rising costs burden the US economy, while a host of chronic and infectious diseases threaten our quality of life globally. Hear from healthcare leaders who are addressing challenges in innovative ways. Examine contemporary policy debates and experimental technologies. Build your knowledge as a leader to address health issues in our neighborhoods, nation, and the world. 

Sample Syllabus

Program
Leadership Intensive
Subject Area
Leadership & Service
Location
Online

Women in Leadership (7-8)

April 7, 2021 - May 21, 2021
Description

A social science focused course within the Leadership Intensive series. This course is 6 weeks, flexibly paced, with weekly synchronous online class meetings. Students should expect 2-3 hours of course work per week. Synchronous class sessions will take place on Tuesdays from 7-8:30PM CST.

Explore ways women have pioneered leadership roles across business, non-profit, and government institutions. Gain an understanding of the discrimination that female-identifying people face, how some barriers have been overcome, and ways the fight for equal rights has shaped the world we live in. Consider how you can support justice in this area, and create an action plan for leadership that supports women and girls. 

Sample Syllabus

Program
Leadership Intensive
Subject Area
Leadership & Service
Location
Online

Global Leadership: A Study of International Decision-Making (9-10)

April 7, 2021 - May 21, 2021
Description

A humanities focused course within the Leadership Intensive series. This course is 6 weeks, flexibly paced, with weekly synchronous online class meetings. Students should expect 2-3 hours of course work per week. Synchronous class sessions will take place on Wednesdays from 7-8:30PM CST.

How do world leaders balance their country's national interests while being part of a global community? Through case studieson issues like security, human rights, global trade, and the environment, explore how leaders make decisions that affect our global community as well as the everyday lives of citizens.Gain practice in weighing priorities, analyzing resource availability, and taking action when the stakes are high.

Sample Syllabus

Program
Leadership Intensive
Subject Area
Leadership & Service
Location
Online

Climate, Conflict, and Environmental Justice (9-10)

April 7, 2021 - May 21, 2021
Description

A STEM focused course within the Leadership Intensive series. This course is 6 weeks, flexibly paced, with weekly synchronous online class meetings. Students should expect 2-3 hours of course work per week. Synchronous class sessions will take place on Tuesdays from 7-8:30PM CST.

Explore issues of environmental justice and examine ways to address them, from sustainable lifestyle choices, to approaches toward industry and government policy, to the pioneering sciences behind ecological restoration. Learn from organizations addressing environmental questions around sustainability, resilience, and responsible usage. Through research and dialogue, discover innovative solutions for the future.

Sample Syllabus

Program
Leadership Intensive
Subject Area
Leadership & Service
Location
Online

Leadership Lab (9-12)

April 7, 2021 - May 21, 2021
Description

A capstone to the Leadership Intensive series. This course is 6 weeks, flexibly paced, with weekly synchronous online class meetings. Students should expect 2-3 hours of course work per week.

Take your leadership capacity to the next level! Leadership Lab is a 6-week facilitated independent study. The course is designed to give you practice and individualized feedback on your leadership skill set while working with a small group of 4-6 students and an experienced instructor.  

Pre-requisite: Another Leadership Intensive course

Sample Syllabus

Program
Leadership Intensive
Subject Area
Leadership & Service
Location
Online
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