Center for Talent Development Hosts Family Conference June 29

Center for Talent Development Hosts Family Conference June 29

CTD family

Gifted students and their families will learn more about planning for the future at the annual family conference presented by the Center for Talent Development on June 29. During a thought-provoking afternoon of activities, adults will attend talks and seminars while students participate in workshops about careers and interests. 

The keynote speakers at "Opportunities for the Future" are experts in gifted education from the University of Connecticut. Del Siegle is a professor in talented and gifted education and head of the educational psychology department, and D. Betsy McCoach is an assistant professor in the measurement, evaluation and assessment program. Their keynote talk will focus on promoting an achievement-oriented attitude, and they will lead a parent workshop on “Unpacking Traits of Achievement.”

Seminars allow parents to select topics of interest. Workshops are planned on topics including “Working with Your School,” “Smart Kids/Smart Phones,” “Careers of Tomorrow,” “Above Grade-Level Testing” and “Supporting the Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Children.”

High-interest mini-classes are planned for students in grades 4 through 12. High school students may select workshops about careers in different fields, from medicine to technology, writing and green careers, as well as about the first year of college or study abroad. Younger students may learn about topics as diverse as animal science, strategy games, the science in magic and the stock market. Supervised activities are planned for children age four through third grade.

The family conference takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. at Technological Full information about registration for the conference is available at

Fees are $95 for one person, $125 for two people, $135 for three or more people and $50 for families with proven financial need. SESP faculty and staff receive a $20 discount on registration. To benefit from the discount, they must identify themselves as SESP on the registration form.

The Center for Talent Development (CTD) at Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy is an accredited learning center and research facility that identifies, educates and supports gifted students and their families and serves as a leader in gifted education. CTD, which began in 1982, serves approximately 33,000 families annually.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 6/5/13