Talent Development Program (TDP)
District 214’s Talent Development Program offers high-achieving, highly motivated students opportunities to gain new skills and enhance existing talents through special programs.
Students taking Advanced Placement courses are automatically enrolled in the program. Students who wish to challenge themselves academically and personally also can participate. TDP empowers students to position themselves for success beyond the classroom.
The Talent Development Program includes the TDP Summer Enrichment Series and the TDP Student Leadership Committee.
TDP Summer Enrichment Series
TDP Summer Enrichment is a District-wide program comprising innovative weeklong courses that reach beyond traditional classroom lessons. These non-credit seminars cover a wide array of areas, including graphic arts, forensic science, culinary arts, automotive care, creative writing and more. An all-District summer musical also is part of the TDP Summer Enrichment series.
Most summer seminars are offered in one-week installments from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and are taught by District teachers. They cost $75 each, plus applicable fees. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the the District 214 schools where their course is being held.
Courses are subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment numbers are not met. Refunds will only be given if a course is cancelled.
TDP Student Leadership Committee
The TDP Leadership Committee is a student-led board composed of one junior and one senior class member from each District 214 high school. Students meet four times a year to provide a student perspective in TDP programming. Members are selected by building administration based on their success in various AP classes and demonstrated leadership skills.
AP Ready! Night
AP Ready! Night is targeted to first-time AP students and their parents. This District-wide evening event highlights the advantages of enrolling in a rigorous course load and the role of AP classes in the college admissions process. AP teachers offer informational sessions about the AP Ready! Program, and District 214’s dual credit coordinator discusses dual credit options. The event is held in the Spring each year -- check the calendar for the next event.
The TDP Newsletter is published each fall and spring and offers information on the summer enrichment series, AP testing schedules, upcoming college and career readiness events and AP teacher spotlights.
For more information, contact Lyn Comer-Jaworski, District 214 TDP coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or your school’s associate principal of instruction.