Blog Contributors

Cynthia Cho:  is the coordinator of CTD’s Gifted LearningLinks program. As coordinator, Cindy supports the course instructors and ensures the smooth running of the program. She has been a classroom teacher in both the lower and middle school grades and is well versed in educational technology.

Posts: “Tales from the Road: Illinois Edition”

Kourtney Cockrell: is a native Evanstonian and is passionate about diversity work and education. As the coordinator for Project EXCITE, Cockrell works closely with the local Evanston community, the staff at CTD and the Evanston Public School Districts 65 and 202 to manage outreach programs and activities aimed at closing the achievement gap.

Posts: “Gifted Diversity”.

Susan Corwith:  is passionate about the field of gifted education and has been converting that passion into action for more than 15 years. She has held leadership roles in a number of institutions serving the gifted population and brings that experience to bear in her role as Associate Director for Center for Talent Development (CTD). She holds a PhD in educational leadership and policy analysis, an MS in curriculum and instruction and a BS in secondary education, all from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Posts: “Highlights from the Summer Program”

Dr. Jim Delisle:  has taught gifted children and those who work on their behalf for more than 30 years.  Jim retired from Kent State University recently after 25 years of service as a professor of special education. The practical nature of Jim’s presentations is a direct result of his frequent intervention into the world of schools. The author of more than 250 articles and 15 books, Jim’s work has been translated into multiple languages and has been featured in both professional journals and in popular media such as The New York Times and on Oprah.

Posts: ” A Summer Break? Not When It Comes to Parenting”

Ann Gadzikowski is A former preschool teacher and director, and coordinates the Leapfrog and Spark programs at Center for Talent Development. She is the author of Story Dictation: A Guide for Early Childhood Professionals (Redleaf Press, 2007) and is currently working on a new book for Redleaf Press with the working title How to Challenge Exceptionally Bright Young Children.

Posts: Early Readers in a Preschool or Kindergarten Classroom.


Amy Gyarmathy is a program coordinator for CTD’s Saturday Enrichment Program and the parent of a gifted teenager.

Posts: Developing Critical Thinking Skills


Stacy Levin has been an instructor in the CTD Saturday Enrichment Program (SEP) since 2007. Her current course, “Final Answer” examines the multiple methods available to solve a math problem. She has a prechool-aged son.  Posts: “Geometric Scavenger Hunt”.

Audra Nelson: Audra is an education writer who lives with her husband and three kids, ages five and under, in the city of Chicago. Posts: “Choosing the Right School:  Decisions, Decisions!”

Paula Olszewski-Kubilius:  is director of Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development (CTD) and a professor in the School of Education and Social Policy. After 25 years with CTD, she is still excited to come to work each day. Olszewski-Kubilius has designed, implemented, assessed and improved outstanding educational programs for learners of all ages. She has also conducted research and published more than 80 articles and book chapters on talent development issues, particularly the effects of accelerated educational programs and the needs of special populations of gifted children. She answers readers’ questions each month in the popular “Ask Paula” feature. Posts: “Ask Paula, Answered: January, 2011″, “Ask Paula, Answered: February, 2011″, “Ask Paula, Answered: March, 2011″, “Ask Paula, April, 2011″, “Ask Paula, May, 2011″, “Ask Paula, June 2011″,  “Ask Paula, July 2011″ “Understanding ‘High Flyers’ Helps Them to Soar”, “Ask Paula”, September 2011

Rhoda Rosen: is the Associate Director for the Center for Talent Development. She oversees the NUMATS program, CTD’s efforts to build awareness of Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s prestigious Young Scholars Program, and Project EXCITE. She is eager to bring an arts background to the role of “identifying future leaders and, partnering with colleagues at CTD as well as organizations nation-wide, ensuring that gifted students from all walks of life are nurtured, supported and prepared with the intellectual, social and emotional tools they will need to serve society as creative, inspired thinkers.” Posts: “Supporting and Recognizing Exceptional Talent”, “Two-Way Street: Gifted Students Explore the Connection Between Art & Science”

Susie Stephenson: Until she retired in March 2011, Susie was the marketing manager for Center for Talent Development. Reading more books is on her ever expanding “bucket list,” so we may well hear from her in future posts. Posts: “Tales From the Road: Houston Edition”, “‘Fostering Creativity in Gifted Students’, CTD’s First Book Review”


Anne Hayden Stevens: 
is a visual artist with an MA in Visual Studies from UC Berkeley. She has developed the Creative Studies program exclusively for the Center for Talent Development’s Saturday Enrichment Program, where she has taught since Fall 2010. Posts: “Venture into the Visual”, “Exploring Typography”.

Dana Turner Thomson: is CTD’s Research Director. She has worked with CTD’s director, Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, on a variety of research and grant-related projects, and co-authored two articles with Paula. Dana has also served as assistant editor of Gifted Child Quarterly and as editorial assistant for the Journal of Secondary Gifted Education. When not surrounded by CTD students, she receives inspiration from her two young children and their boundless curiosity about the world. Posts: “Online Learning & Gifted Students”, “Creating Effective Programs for Gifted, Low-Income, Urban Students”, “Rainy Day? No Problem.”, “Rainy Day Writing”


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