Work with CTD

Create your own practicum in gifted education! CTD hires dynamic educators for a range of program staff and administrative positions in our online, weekend, and summer programs.

See our Job Opportunities page for current oppenings, job descriptions, and application procedures.


Meeting the Needs of High-Ability Students: A Boot Camp for Educators

High-ability, or gifted, learners have educational needs that require teachers to have specialized knowledge and skill sets. Unfortunately, most teacher preparation programs only offer a limited introduction to working with these students. CTD is developing a series of professional development modules that provide the background and skills classroom teachers and administrators need to identify exceptional academic talent, provide appropriate instructional support, and help students achieve optimal growth. 

This 15-hour training is hosted at Northwestern University in the spring or can be offered locally for groups of educators from a particular school or district, making use of online, in-person, or hybrid approaches. 

Topics covered inlcude the following:

  • Standards and best practices for working with high-ability learners
  • Effective identification of abilities and needs
  • Assessment and growth monitoring
  • Acceleration and enrichment
  • Grouping and differentiating instruction
  • Social-emotional needs and psychosocial skill development

ISBE Professional Development Hours are available.

Check back in January for the spring Boot Camp dates or contact us at or 847/467-0615 to discuss a proposal for services.

Annual Conferences for Educators and Administrators

CTD’s conferences offer teachers and administrators best practices in gifted education and demonstrate how to apply the practices in classroom and whole-school settings to create an optimal learning environment for all students. Conferences are typically held each fall and spring.

Fall 2018 Educator's Conference | Total School Cluster Grouping and Differentiation

Friday, October 19 C. Matthew Fugate, Ph.D. taught administrators and educators how to use the Total School Cluster Grouping model effectively.

Check back in January for the spring conference date, which will encompass the Boot Camp for Educators.


Customized Professional Development Workshops

Work with CTD to design professional development offerings that meet the needs of educators in your school or district. CTD can provide

  • Convenient, asynchronous online minicourses on topics including, but not limited to, identification best practices, social-emotional needs, or differentiation
  • Customizable one- or two-day workshops at your site
  • Hybrid offerings (online and face-to-face)
  • Opportunities to work in CTD summer, online and weekend programs, providing on-the-job skills and experience

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

Participation at Special Events

To better serve the gifted population and share resources and information with a wider audience, CTD staff attend many state gifted conferences, state award ceremonies, educational fairs, parent meetings and national educational conferences. Please check the CTD calendar for upcoming events. If you know of an event that CTD should consider attending, please e-mail

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