Paula Olszewski-Kubilius

Paula Olszewski-Kubilius

Director, Center for Talent Development
Professor, Education and Social Policy
Paula Olszewski-Kubilius is director of Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development (CTD) and a professor in the School of Education and Social Policy. After 25 years with CTD, she is still excited to come to work each day. Olszewski-Kubilius has designed, implemented, assessed and improved outstanding educational programs for learners of all ages. She has also conducted research and published more than 80 articles and book chapters on talent development issues, particularly the effects of accelerated educational programs and the needs of special populations of gifted children. By creating research-driven program models, assessing those programs and then writing about them, Olszewski-Kubilius strives to make CTD programs replicable, for even greater impact. Her own impact stretches beyond CTD through her advocacy initiatives. Olszewski-Kubilius currently serves as vice president and president-elect of the National Association for Gifted Children, is a member of the board of the Illinois Association for Gifted Children and is a trustee of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. She is also a member of the editorial board of Gifted Child Today and Gifted Child Quarterly. In the past, she has edited, co-edited and served as consulting editor and editorial advisory board member on numerous gifted education publications. Olszewski-Kubilius earned her master's and doctorate degrees from Northwestern University in educational psychology and her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from St. Xavier University in Chicago. Hard work and perseverance inspire her, just as she inspires the CTD staff with her own hard work on behalf of the gifted education community.


Year Degree Institution
1983 PhD, Educational Psychology Northwestern University
1981 MA, Educational Psychology Northwestern University
1977 BA, Elementary Education St. Xavier University

Civic Education Project
Project BLAST
Project Excite

Research Interests
Talent development, accelerated educational programs, needs of special populations of gifted children.


MS_ED 442 Theoretical Foundations of Creativity and Giftedness This class now meets entirely online. The course discusses differentiation strategies and resources to meet the needs of diverse student populations in the classroom. Course participants will learn how to assess characteristics of students within their classroom so as to create an optimal match between student and instruction; create differentiated curriculum units, design classroom learning environments conducive to differentiation; and establish management systems for a differentiated classroom.
MS_ED 444 The Gifted: Capstone I This course is offered for only .5 units; it is offered entirely on-line The purpose of this course is to give students opportunities to reflect on their coursework and achieve a deeper understanding of it by applying their readings to a real world problem or issue that affects gifted children and their education. Students will identify a practical problem or issue of interest to them concerning the education of gifted children in their local school setting or community, investigate it, and attempt to address and find solutions to it, resulting in an authentic product or outcome to offer stakeholders. The project will allow students to experience first hand the issues involved in school practice with gifted students.
MS_ED 445 The Gifted: Advanced Topics in Education This is an advanced readings class for students pursuing a certificate or masterís degree in the Advanced Teaching Program: Gifted. The purpose of this course is to explore critical issues in the fields of talent development and creativity in depth. These could include theories and conceptions of giftedness and creativity, gender as it relates to creativity and talent development, social-emotional and psychological issues related to the development of giftedness and creativity, curricular and instructional theories as applied to talent development, and issues regarding the identification of giftedness and underachievement. A major focus of the course will be for students to integrate readings from various perspectives on a particular topic and articulate a response that offers linkages and connections, critiques and applications to practices.


Position Responsibilities
  • Directs and oversees all activities of the Center for Talent Development, an outreach program of the School of Education and Social Policy that serves gifted children and their families through educational programs and services.

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