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Civic Leadership Institute

Participate in interactive online learning sessions, opportunities to learn from engaging speakers and community leaders, and a chance to make a difference on an issue you are passionate about. Develop the knowledge, experience, and leadership skills you need to make a positive impact on the world!
 
3-week, online course with daily live class sessions
 
 

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Leadership Intensive

Build community and leadership skills through reflective learning opportunities in a supportive online classroom. Explore ideas, challenge your thinking, and come away with a deeper understanding of your strengths and talents to reach your full potential!  
 
1-week, online course with daily live class sessions

 

 

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Taking Action: Leadership & Service

Explore issues that affect young people, connect with emerging leaders, and research firsthand how communities are addressing challenges in innovative ways. Learn how to take action on a cause that inspires you! 
 
3-week, online course with daily live class sessions
 
 

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Democracy & Civic Engagement

Examine the role democracy plays in addressing some of our nation’s most pressing social issues and how democracy is shaped by legislation, grassroots organizing, and lobbying. Come away with leadership skills to become a more civically engaged change maker!  
 
9-week, online course with weekly live class sessions
 
 

Details

Application Process and Deadlines

Applications are submitted using MyCTD, the online course application system. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are completed. Incomplete applications do not "hold a spot" in the desired course. Once you have paid the tuition and submitted the application, you will receive an email with further instructions. You will then be able to return to the application and select "View Application Details" to upload any necessary documents and to obtain the teacher recommendation link, if necessary.

Any student who completes their application but is not accepted will recieve a full refund.

CTD's Civic Education Project 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.

Returning Applicant
You are a returning applicant if you are in grade 7 through grade 12 and you meet the following criteria: 

  • You have successfully completed a verbal/reading qualifying area CTD course through the Weekend Enrichment Program, Summer Program, Civic Education Project 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 in grade 7 through grade 12 and you meet either one of the following criteria:

  • You have not attended any CTD program for the past two years and you have qualifying grade-level test scores (Verbal or Reading) that are no more than two years old.
  • You have participated in above grade-level testing such as  the PSAT 8/9 taken in grades 5 or 6, or the ACT® or SAT® test taken in grades 6, 7, 8 or 9 within the past two years (NUMATS);

New Portfolio Applicant
You are a portfolio applicant if you are in grade 7 through grade 12 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 from a language arts or humanities instructor, the link to which will be available in your MyCTD account once the application is submitted;
  • Required: most recent school report card indicating exceptional performance in verbal or reading skills; 
  • 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.

Accepted Students

Accepted students will receive acceptance materials via email within one week of their application being complete.  Additional, program specific information will be available no later than May 15th, 2020.

Deadlines 

The application deadline for Civic Education Project courses is 15 business days prior to the start of the program.

 

 

Eligibility

To qualify for Emerald tier Civic Education Project courses, students must be in grade 7 through grade 12 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 verbal/reading qualifying subject area;
  • Successful completion of a CTD course, with a verbal/reading qualifying subject area, within the past two years;
  • Past participation in above grade-level testing such as the PSAT 8/9 taken in grades 5 or 6, or the ACT® or SAT® test taken in grades 7, 8 or 9 within the past two years (NUMATS); 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 well in language arts or humanities.

International Applicants

Visit the International Students section for more information.

Fees, Withdrawals and Financial Aid

Tuition 

  • 1-week Leadership Intensive course: $400
  • 3-week Civic Leadership Institute course: $1,450
  • 3-week Taking Action: Leadership and Service course: $1,450

Withdrawal Policy

  • Requests for withdrawals and refunds must be made in writing two weeks prior to the start of the course to recieve a refund, minus a sixty dollar processing fee. E-mail requests should be sent to ctd-admissions@northwestern.edu.
  • Withdrawals are subject to a processing fee of $60.
  • Withdrawal requests made after the deadline, and up through the second day of the course, will receive a 50% refund, minus the sixty dollar processing fee.
  • Withdrawals after the second day of the course do not qualify for a refund.

 

Financial Aid

CTD is unable to provide financial assistance to new applicants for Summer 2020.

Payment Plan

The Online Learning Environment

Our online courses are designed to allow each student to explore their strengths and potential as an engaged and creative leader through:
  • Daily 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 the course, 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.

Students should expect to spend 4-5 hours per day 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, Mondays - Fridays. When attendance is not possible, students can access recordings of real-time class sessions any time after they occur.
 
After each daily 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 Details: What to Expect

Challenge Your Thinking
Engage in an innovative curriculum that integrates theory and practice. Building your awareness and opinions by developing critical thinking skills through dialogue with peers, staff, and community leaders. 

Practice Leadership
Gain confidence in communicating your ideas, and develop your leadership strengths and style. Through small group breakouts and interactive activities, you will gain experience in problem-solving and identify ways to demonstrate leadership in communities of which you are a part.
 
Connect Learning to Your Life
Engage in your own growth and self-discovery as you become motivated to create positive change as a young leader. Connect your learning with action as you explore a topic of interest that inspires you!
 
Dedicated Educators
Our instructors come from various professional backgrounds and are selected because of their knowledge of the subject matter, teaching experience and passion for working with young people. Instructional staff guide students through course material and activities, providing individualized feedback and facilitating peer interaction through online discussion forums and other online learning tools.
 
Resources and Materials
Resources, websites, and readings will be provided in Schoology, CTD's learning management system.
 
Sample Class Session Framework
  • Welcome  
  • Syllabus check in
  • Lesson & interactive discussion  
  • Group work/discussions  
  • Session wrap up  
  • Upcoming assignments & coursework check in
  • Class session evaluation
Evaluations and Transcripts
Students are expected to actively participate in all class sessions and complete all assignments and assessments.
All students receive a narrative evaluation after completion of the program. The evaluation provides feedback on the student’s achievements in the program and outlines areas for further growth. Evaluation materials are sent to families (and schools, if requested). 
 
Unofficial transcripts are available for download in MyCTD. Once logged in to you MyCTD account, click on "Tools" in the menu bar, and then select "Transcript".

Community and Social Experiences

Though we cannot replicate our residential experience online, our staff are committed to providing engaging opportunities for students to build community that will supplement students' academic coursework.
 
As part of course curriculum, you'll connect with your classmates for team and community building activities. Additionally, an optional evening speaker series, and cultural opportunities to virtually explore topics related to your action plan and group project work will be faciltiated by instructional staff. 
 

Credit and Service Hours

Service Hours and Evaluations
We understand that the online program format for summer 2020 does not allow students to engage in hands-on service activities in the same way that our traditional in-person programming allows. We are committed to providing students opportunities to engage in service activities in a virtual format, as part of our course curricula. 
 
Students will be able to document completion of the course with a detailed evaluation from the instructor, certification of service hours, and a transcript or certificate of completion. The evaluation provides feedback on student’s achievements in the course and outlines areas for further growth. Evaluation materials are sent to families (and schools, if requested) following the completion of the program. 
 
Sample syllabi are available to share with school officials if further information about the course is required. CEP is also happy to complete any specific forms required for students to earn service hours; contact our office for assistance with this. 
 
 
Service Hours by Course – Summer 2020

Program      Direct Service Hours     Education Activities Hours     Total Hours of Service-Learning Credit  
CLI Online

6

70

76

Leadership Intensive Online

3

12

15

Taking Action Online

6

70

76

Democracy & Civic Engagement  

3

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3

 

Service Opportunities After Summer 2020
After Summer 2020 online courses conclude, and as opportunities for in-person service activities become readily available and safe for students and community organizations, CEP full-time staff can offer advising hours to student alumni, and assist students in researching, screening, and communicating with service organizations to set up in-person service opportunities on their own schedules. This is an optional supplement to the online class experience, and not required for online course participation. 
 
Advising hours will be available to student alumni for the school year following their online course participation (through July 2021). 
 
Further details about advising hours will be sent to students and families along with student’s narrative evaluation from their course at the conclusion of the online program. 
 
 
High School Credit 
Students completing the Civic Leadership Institute course may also be eligible for high school credit. Students interested in pursuing credit should discuss their school's policy concerning credit from outside institutions with an academic counselor or school administrator before applying. A sample syllabus is available to share with school officials. Students will be able to document completion of the course with a detailed narrative evaluation from the instructor.
 

Technology and Technical Requirements

Technical Requirements
  • Students need access to a stable internet connection and updated web browser.
  • Participation in “live” online sessions may require a computer microphone or headset.
  • While iPads and tablet computers may be sufficient for most coursework, some web tools and/or websites may require the use of a computer or laptop.

Program Orientation

Getting Started in the Online Course
  • Prior to the course start date, students receive login information allowing them to gain access to Schoology, the learning management system (LMS), which hosts all CTD online courses.
  • The online experience starts with a virtual online orientation for all students, available to students the week before the course start date.
  • Access to course material and live class sessions begin on the official start date.
  • Course syllabi, assignments, discussion boards, and resources will all be found within the Schoology course site, which is available 24/7.
  • Primary communication with the course instructor and/or classmates occurs within Schoology and Zoom.

International Students

Because courses are taught in English, test scores are used to assess proficiency and assist in course placement. TOEFL (or TOEFL Jr. for grades 4-8) or IELTS scores are required for students for whom English is not the first language and who do not have PSAT, I-Excel, SAT, ACT, ASSET, or PreACT scores. 
 
Live sessions are held each morning (CST) to accommodate the widest range of time zones possible.

Courses

Civic Leadership Institute: Online

June 29, 2020 - July 17, 2020 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Description

This is a 3-week, online course. 

Young people often believe that they can’t make a difference. That they don’t have the knowledge, skills, or capacity to influence issues like poverty, healthcare, education, or the environment. That they’re powerless to create change. Yet there are countless stories that prove this is not the case. Thousands of young people powered the peaceful protests that ended legal segregation in the U.S., and have been instrumental in movements for democracy and human rights around the world. Teenagers have started international campaigns against child labor and fought for the education of girls in the developing world. And those are just a few examples. 

What power, passion, and resources do you possess? Begin your discovery with the Civic Leadership Institute! 

CLI students explore the complex challenges that affect our communities and develop the knowledge, experience, and leadership skills they need to make a positive impact on the world. 

View a sample syllabus.

ADMISSION CRITERIA:

  • 90th percentile or higher on a nationally normed grade-level assessment in the required verbal/reading qualifying subject area.
  • Above-grade-level Tests taken in or before the 7th or 8th grade year within the past two years.
  • Successful completion of a CTD course, with a verbal/reading qualifying subject area within the past two years.
  • If test scores are not available, or do not meet the criteria, students are welcome to apply via Admission Portfolio.
Program
CTD CLI
Subject Area
Leadership & Service
Location
Online

Leadership for Today: Online (Grades 7-10)

July 20, 2020 - July 24, 2020 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Description

This is a 1-week, online course. 

Engage in interactive workshops on leadership topics, learn from Northwestern faculty and local civic leaders, and build critical thinking and public speaking skills. Expand your leadership capacity through reflective learning opportunities and build community in a supportive online classroom. 

View a sample syllabus.

ADMISSION CRITERIA:

  • 90th percentile or higher on a nationally normed grade-level assessment in the required verbal/reading qualifying subject area.
  • Successful completion of a CTD course, with a verbal/reading qualifying subject area within the past two years.
  • If test scores are not available, or do not meet the criteria, students are welcome to apply via Admission Portfolio.
Program
Leadership Intensive
Subject Area
Leadership & Service
Location
Online
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