CTD Backpack for Teachers

CTD Backpack for Teachers

CTD Backpack for Teachers

Join CTD Backpack for Teachers, a resource created by CTD consisting of on-demand webinars and live virtual applied practice sessions that provide teachers with tips, best practices, and easy to use materials to enhance instruction. 

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Remote Learning Resources for Educators | Enrichment and Acceleration

Remote Learning Resources for Educators | Enrichment and Acceleration

Remote Learning Resources for Educators

Now more than ever, advanced learners need enrichment and acceleration. Fortunately, CTD and other gifted education organizations are curating resources and ideas for educators. To consult with CTD about your questions or needs, please contact us at ctd-school-services@northwestern.edu.

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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.


Gifted Education Boot Camp: Meeting the Needs of High-Ability Students

Advanced learners have educational needs that require educators and administrators to have specialized knowledge and skill sets. They also need high-quality gifted education programs. 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, Center for Talent Development (CTD) at Northwestern University has developed professional learning for teachers that provides the background and skills classroom teachers and administrators need to identify exceptional academic talent, develop their gifted and talented curriculum, provide appropriate instructional support, and help students achieve optimal growth.

This 15-hour training is available virtually. It can also 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:

  • Inclusive, equitable best practices for working with high-ability learners
  • Challenging and engaging advanced students online
  • Effective identification of abilities and learning needs
  • Assessment and growth monitoring
  • Acceleration, enrichment, and rigorous curriculum
  • 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.

Summer Boot Camp: This one-week intensive session takes place August 3 - 7, 2020. Boot Camp is an online program with both synchronous and asynchronous activities. This format allows for real-time discussions and the flexibility to explore topics independently. Synchronous sessions take place between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. (CDT), M-F.

Fall Boot Camp: This two-week session runs from October 12 - 23, 2020. This Boot Camp session is an online program with both synchronous and asynchronous activities. One or two synchronous sessions will be scheduled each week at times determined by the cohort. The remainder of the activities are asynchronous/on-demand so as to allow for maximum flexibility and personalized learning.

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

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

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 ctd-school-services@northwestern.edu for information.

Questions about Boot Camp? Contact us at ctd-school-services@northwestern.edu or 847/491-3782 with questions about the Boot Camp or to discuss a proposal for services.

Registration has closed for October. Spring dates will be announced in December.







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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.

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

Sample topics include:

  • Service-Learning 101: Infusing Service with Learning (Part 1), Curriculum Design & Implementation (Part 2)
  • An Introduction to Social Justice Education
  • 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

Workshop rates start at $600 per 90-minute workshop; discounts may be available for multiple sessions. 

In-person sessions: We are happy to host your team in classroom space on Northwestern University's Evanston campus, as space allows. Alternatively, CEP facilitators can travel to your school or organization. Please note faciltiator travel costs or classroom rental costs may apply.

Online sessions: CEP facilitators can set up and manage online sessions via Zoom, which allows for connected online learning and small group breakout spaces.

Contact CEP at cep@northwestern.edu or 847/467-2572 for complete workshop descriptions and pricing inquiries.

CTD's 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. The fall 2020 conference is postponed; please subscribe to CTD's educator e-mail list for conference updates for 2021.

View the 2019 and 2018 conference programs.


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@northwestern.edu.

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, or a blend)
  • Opportunities to work in CTD summer, online and weekend programs, providing on-the-job skills and experience

Contact us at ctd-school-services@northwestern.edu or 847/491-3782 to discuss a proposal for services.

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