Paula Olszewski-Kubilius

Paula Olszewski-Kubilius

Director, Center for Talent Development
Professor, Education and Social Policy


Dr. Paula Olszewski-Kubilius is currently the director of the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University and a professor in the School of Education and Social Policy. Over the past 30 years, she has created programs for all kinds of gifted learners and written extensively on issues of talent development, particularly on programming for under-represented gifted students. Her most recent work is a monograph written with Rena Subotnik and Frank Worrell, “Rethinking Giftedness and Gifted Education: A Proposed Direction Forward Based on Psychological Science,” published by the Association for Psychological Science. She has served as editor of Gifted Child Quarterly, co-editor of the Journal of Secondary Gifted Education and editorial review board member for Gifted and Talented International, The Roeper Review, and Gifted Child Today. She is currently vice-chair of the board of trustees of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy and a member of the board of directors of the Illinois Association for Gifted Children. She also serves on that advisory boards for the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary and the Robinson Center for Young Scholars at the University of Washington. She is the immediate past president of the National Association for Gifted Children from whom she received the Early Scholar Award in 1987, the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2009, and the GCQ Paper of the Year Award in 2011.

Curriculum Vitae

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

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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