Mentorships offer many benefits to gifted learners. They can support students’ social and emotional needs, model desired scholarly behaviors, allow opportunities for in-depth study in students’ areas of interest, and expose them to various career paths.
In this lesson, Dr. Colleen Boyle will help you establish successful mentorships for your gifted learners. You will:
- Explore various types of mentorship that can be established with gifted learners.
- Learn how to match gifted learners to a specific type of mentorship based on their individual needs, and discover how to establish a framework to guide the mentor-mentee relationship.
- Develop a concrete idea of how you can use mentorships to support your gifted learners, regardless of their grade.
This course meets Ohio Department of Education Competencies (b), (c), and (d) and NAGC Teacher Preparation Standards 3.2, 3.4, 5.3, and 5.4.
Dr. Colleen Boyle is the president of the Ohio Association for Gifted Children. She has been an educator for more than 20 years, nearly all in gifted education in schools in Ohio and Texas as well as with the Department of Defense Education Activity. Dr. Boyle holds a B.S. in elementary education, an M.Ed. in gifted education and educational administration, and a Ph.D. in educational psychology. She currently serves as a supervisor of gifted and talented programs with Columbus City Schools. Dr. Boyle is a past president of Gifted Coordinators of Central Ohio. She enjoys working with educators and families to plan appropriate interventions for gifted learners. Her research interests include the social-emotional aspects of gifted learners, educational and psychological assessment, and giftedness within families. Dr. Boyle enjoys traveling and doting on her twin niece and nephew whenever she gets the chance.