Dr. Paula Olszewski-Kubilius is currently the director of the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University and a professor in the School of Education and Social Policy. She has worked at the Center for 26 years during which she has designed and conducted supplementary, outside-of-school educational programs for learners of all ages. She is active in national- and state-level advocacy organizations for gifted children in the Midwest. She currently is President of the National Association for Gifted Children. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Association for Gifted Children and the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. She has conducted research and published extensively on issues of talent development, particularly the effects of accelerated educational programs and the needs of special populations of gifted children She has served as the editor of Gifted Child Quarterly and as a co-editor of the Journal of Secondary Gifted Education. She has also served on the editorial advisory boards of the Journal for the Education of the Gifted and Gifted Child International, and was a consulting editor for Roeper Review. She currently is a member of the editorial board of Gifted Child Today and Gifted Child Quarterly.
- Outside of school programs for gifted learners
- Assessment of Gifted Learners, particularly for identification
- Programs and services for under-represented and low-income gifted students
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