CTD provides research, scholarship and programming related to gifted education and talent development. It offers hundreds of enrichment and accelerated courses for students age 4 to grade 12, parent and educator learning communities, and program development for schools.
Research and Impact
Here, the world’s leading researchers in education, learning sciences, psychology, economics, policy studies, and related fields work with some of the finest students at Northwestern to understand and improve lives.
Life-Changing Partnerships and Discoveries
Working alongside our communities in Evanston and the greater Chicago area is central to SESP’s mission. The daunting challenges we encounter today with respect to education and human development play out in the families, schools, and neighborhoods that are, in effect, right next door. SESP prides itself in its productive collaborations with local school districts, museums, and community organizations.
To take on the world’s most intractable social problems, we consider everything from the biology of human stress to the design of educational software to the intricate dynamics that shape culture, politics, and the economy. SESP faculty and students draw upon cutting-edge theory from many different disciplines and the most innovative research methods to solve problems and help humans flourish.
Community Education Partnerships
OCEP works to bridge the research, practice, and service missions of SESP and Northwestern University to create initiatives and partnerships that positively impact our home communities of Evanston and Chicago, but that can be shared and scaled far beyond.