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: Gifted Education Boot Camp

High-ability, or gifted, learners have educational needs that require educators and administrators to have specialized knowledge and skill sets. 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, CTD has developed a professional learning experience that provides 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 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 include 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. Boot Camp can be supplemented to earn graduate credit through the School of Education and Social Policy's MSEd program. Details are available below.

Spring Boot Camp Schedule: This boot camp, originally scheduled for April 29 - May 1, 2020, has been canceled. Please view the details below for our next scheduled boot camp. 

Summer Boot Camp Schedule: Monday, June 15 through Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Structure of the Boot Camp: Three in-person meetings. Participants need to attend all three in-person days, which run 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. the first two days, and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the last day order to receive the full 15 hours of Professional Development.)

Instructors: Susan Corwith, CTD Associate Director; Rhoda Rosen, CTD Associate Director; Melissa Hinshaw, CTD Assessment Coordinator; Randee Blair, CTD Project Coordinator, School Services

Cost: $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

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Graduate Credit Option through Northwestern’s MSEd Program: Graduate credit is available for Boot Camp with payment of the graduate credit tuition, 15 additional hours of online instruction, and completion of a project. To apply for a graduate credit Boot Camp session, contact us at for information.

Questions about Boot Camp? Contact us at or 847/467-0615 with questions about the Boot Camp or to discuss a proposal for services.

Intensive Summer Institute

Susan Corwith, CTD Associate Director, will be teaching an intensive, one-week summer institute through Northwestern's Master of Science in Education program this summer.

Institute Title: Talent Development, Advanced Learners, and Eliminating Excellence Gaps

Description: How does talent develop? What can educators do to identify and cultivate exceptional potential or talent in their students? Through academic study and opportunities to observe classes at Northwestern’s Center for Talent Development, participants learn about talent development, examine characteristics of advanced learners, explore appropriate curricula and instruction that maximizes talent development, and discuss models of service, emphasizing equity and access.

Dates and Location: July 13 - 17, Northwestern's Evanston campus

For more information and to register, visit the Master of Science in Education summer institute website.

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.

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


CTD's Civic Education Project professional staff provide training for educators, youth development professionals, and other practitioners on service-learning, social justice education, and youth development.

Sample workshops & trainings include:

  • Service-Learning 101: Infusing Service with Learning (Part 1), Curriculum Design & Implementation (Part 2)
  • Navigating Difficult Conversations in the Classroom: Facilitation Skills for Critical Inquiry
  • Teaching Leadership
  • Asset-Based Community Development in Service-Learning
  • Developing & Assessing Non-Cognitive Skills

CEP workshop & training participants receive:

  • Tiered and differentiated instruction that meets participants at their current level of expertise, and provides a level of challenge within personal and professional goals
  • Best practices within the topic area, combined with strategies for purposeful facilitation and curriculum design
  • Meaningful takeaways for immediate application in the classroom

Workshop rates start at $600 per 90-minute workshop; discounts may be available for multiple sessions. Contact CEP at or 847-467-2572 for complete workshop descriptions and pricing inquiries.


CTD publishes a monthly e-mail digest for school personnel. Each email includes updates on professional learning opportunities, news about CTD programs and events, and articles and links about best practices or hot topics in the field if gifted education.

To subscribe to the monthly digest, complete the online subscription form. Digests are sent around the 15th of each month.

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