CTD Partners with Jewish Day Schools

post by Hillel Torah | Feb 26, 2019

FEB 26, 2019 – Our partnership with the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University funded by the Crown Family Philanthropies is off to a strong start. This year we embarked on a full review of our higher level educational programming, the first step in this multi-year process. Northwestern collected data from parents, students, faculty, administration and board members via surveys and focus groups. Classroom visits were conducted and above grade level assessments in the form of PSAT and SAT tests were administered. Thirty students participated in our Fall afterschool advanced enrichment program and we are looking forward to another session in the Spring.

Now that the data collection phase is almost complete, Northwestern will soon begin to compile and analyze the data collected to inform our future academic program development and school improvement efforts. Some of the data collected will help us understand the range of academic abilities of students’ in our classrooms and how to best meet their needs. These results will also help direct our professional development programming for our faculty. In addition, families of children who participated in the testing will receive the results of the assessment and recommendations for further academic opportunities from Northwestern’s Center for Talent Development.


JULY 11, 2018 – Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development (CTD) was awarded a $240,000 grant from the Crown Family Philanthropies to strengthen STEM education programming and teaching at Chicago-area Jewish day schools. 

The funding will help CTD review participating Chicagoland Jewish day schools’ current offerings for high ability students, make program recommendations, offer professional development to teachers, and facilitate in-school programming for students at four partner schools, beginning immediately with Hillel Torah North Suburban Day School in Skokie. It will also help offset costs…see more here.