Free Seminar for Parents and Educators: Meeting the Needs of Gifted Students through Identification, Growth Monitoring and Academic Challenge

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Parents and educators need valid assessment tools and targeted resources that identify students' strengths, offer recommendations for appropriate coursework, and help monitor growth that is impossible using only grade-level achievement tests. Join Rhoda Rosen, director of Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search at Center for Talent Development on Wednesday, December 7 at Michigan State University's Communication Arts Building to discuss the benefits of above-grade level testing as a critical assessment and planning tool.

Above-grade-level testing provides valid assessment and targeted resources

Years of research and experience from the Center for Talent Development has demonstrated that the first step in charting an effective academic path for gifted students is to assess their ability accurately. Above-grade-level testing is the best means available. High achievers hit the ceiling on standardized grade-level tests. They require a more advanced test, one designed for a higher grade level, to gain a true measure of where they are performing and what they need moving forward. Knowing what a child is capable of doing, teachers can differentiate and tailor instruction to meet the student’s needs.

Join Rhoda Rosen of the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University at one of several upcoming forums to discuss the benefits of above-grade level testing as a critical assessment and planning tool. Rosen is the director of Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS).

At the forums Rosen explains what is involved in above-grade-level testing and how students in grades 3 through 9 can participate. Most importantly, Rosen discusses the myriad of interpretative and planning resources available once test scores are known. Her insights are valuable to any educator or parent committed to ensuring the development of an academically gifted child.

The forums take place on Wednesday, December 7 and Thursday, December 8. Times and building locations are as follows:

Wednesday, December 7 at 11 a.m.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Kent County ISD
2930 Knapp Street NE, Grand Room
Parking in Lot 11

Wednesday, December 7 at 4 p.m. (Session for Teachers, Coordinators and School Administrators) and 6:15 p.m. (Session for Parents)
East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University
Communication Arts Building (intersection of Trowbridge and Red Cedar roads)
Street parking is available or on campus parking for $1.50 with a parking pass. Directions can be found online at

Thursday, December 8 at 9 a.m.
Waterford, Michigan
Oakland County ISD
211 Pontiac Lake Road

For more information, contact Center for Talent Development NUMATS program at 847/491-3782 ext. 3 or numats(at)ctd(dot)northwestern(dot)edu.

Now in it's 30th year, Center for Talent Development (CTD) provides programs and services that support, motivate and challenge academically talented young people age 4 through grade 12. Learn more about CTD and its offerings online at or call 847/491-3782.


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