Exciting Information Regarding Decatur’s Partnership with the Northwestern Center for Talent Development

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At November’s Local School Council meeting, I discussed some of the partnerships we were exploring. I am excited to announce that Decatur Classical School is moving forward in a partnership with the Center for Talent Development.
The Center for Talent Development (CTD), at Northwestern University, is dedicated to helping gifted students, age 4 through 18 reach their full potential. One way CTD accomplishes this is to collaborate with schools to provide targeted programs and services. Decatur Classical is thrilled to be working with CTD this year to provide more enrichment opportunities for our students and in support of our continuous improvement efforts.
We are collaborating with CTD this year in three key ways:
  • Our fifth graders are taking an above-grade-level test, the PSAT8/9, which is a test typically given to students in grades 8 or 9. While we know that our entire school population is high-achieving, this assessment will enable us to more accurately identify at what level each student is performing and in what areas. In addition to the test results they receive, the fifth graders and their parents will have access to the CTD Backpack, which offers an online community with discussions and activities—one for parents and one for students. Additionally, parents and teachers will have access to many resources in their online Toolboxes.
  • Students in grades 3 through 6 are invited to participate in an Accelerated Weekend Experience (AWE) at Decatur. We have partnered with Skinner North to offer our students the opportunity to learn together. Decatur will be a host site for AWE held on March 3rd-4th. We intend to offer another AWE in April as well.
  • A two-day experience for students in grades 3 and 4 called Inspired Engineering and in grade 5 and 6, Architecture/Engineering will be offered on first come, first served basis. For details on the experience click here.
  • To register for AWE at Decatur, please click here.
  • Finally, our teachers will have ongoing professional development from CTD focusing on differentiating instruction for high ability learners. These sessions will begin this month and will be a school focus for Decatur.
To help introduce our Community to our new partnership with CTD, its Project Coordinator, Randee Blair, will be coming to Decatur on January 25th at 5:30 p.m. to talk about what CTD does, to further describe in depth the ways we will be working together this year, and other resources for our families.
We look forward to this partnership to expand our own learning and to provide resources to both parents and teachers to better serve our students.

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