Center for Talent Development Energizes Campus This Summer

Center for Talent Development Energizes Campus This Summer

The summer program of the Center for Talent Development (CTD) is bustling with exciting new classes, programs at six sites and an enrollment increased by 250 from last year.

For decades, the Center For Talent Development at Northwestern University has operated exceptional summer programs for academically gifted children on its Evanston campus and at other sites throughout Chicagoland.  

This summer, for the first time, the center is expanding to Elmhurst to offer enrichment courses for bright students completing grades 4 through 6 at Elmhurst College. Residential and commuter CTD Summer Program options continue at the Evanston campus of Northwestern University. In addition, programs for younger gifted children ages 4 through grade 3 are offered at sites in Chicago, Naperville, Palatine and Skokie.

“The CTD Summer Program allows very bright children to pursue their interest at a deeper level, unleash their passion for learning and interact with other young people who have similar abilities,” says Susan Corwith, associate director of CTD. “The kids love the experience. Ask them directly and they will talk to you about friendships and the thrill of countless ‘aha’ moments.”

Engaging, challenging classes include workshops in animation, robotics, musical math, graphic stories, medical mysteries, rocket science and code breaking. In a new K-3 program called Math Studio, children study math fundamentals in the morning and then apply math to creative projects in the afternoon.

This year the Center for Talent Development is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Read about this premier center for gifted education and its ever-expanding collection of programs at

By Marilyn Sherman and Center for Talent Development
Last Modified: 7/17/12