Presenter: Colleen Boyle, Ph.D.,OAGC
Core Area: Learner Development and Individual Learning Differences 1.1, 1.2; Learning Environments 2.3; Assessment 4.1; ODE Teacher Competency e; OAGC Characteristics
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Identifying and providing support for gifted students is an important part of every teacher’s job, but some students from diverse backgrounds are getting left behind. In this course, educator Dr. Colleen Boyle shares which students receive the least support and how to practically change the statistics. Learn how to make sure each of your gifted students thrives. 

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Ohio is a state with a diverse range of students, but studies are showing that not all students are getting their educational needs met. There are huge discrepancies between services being provided to different categories of students, especially in the area of Ohio’s gifted student population.

In this course, educator Dr. Colleen Boyle dives into the reasons behind the lack of support for these students and gives practical ideas to bridge the gap that you can start using in your classroom today.

After taking this course, you will have the tools you need to:

  • Describe the diverse nature of Ohio’s student population
  • Recognize the unique challenges of gifted student identification
  • Implement strategies for improving gifted student identification
  • Address the needs of diverse gifted learners
ODE Competency: e
NAGC Standards: 1.1, 1.2, 2.3, 4.1

Click here for a leader’s guide created by the Ohio Association for the Gifted and Talented.

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.  

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88 reviews for Meeting the Needs of Ohio’s Diverse Learners

  1. Debra – YOUNGSTOWN CITY SCHOOLS (verified owner)

    This was a very eye-opening course.

  2. Michael – COLUMBUS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    Good course that explains the diverse populations within Ohio’s schools and gives basic ideas for overcoming hurdles in providing services to all groups.

  3. Katie – COLUMBUS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    Understanding the different ways in which we can see giftedness and where services are most lacking was very intriguing.

  4. Lisa – YOUNGSTOWN CITY SCHOOLS (verified owner)

    It was interesting to learn about different types of students and how we can be better serving them in the classroom and supporting them and their needs.

  5. ERIC – YOUNGSTOWN CITY SCHOOLS (verified owner)


  6. Kathleen – YOUNGSTOWN CITY SCHOOLS (verified owner)

    Learned about the different types of students are in Ohio

  7. Charles – YOUNGSTOWN CITY SCHOOLS (verified owner)

    Interesting points

  8. diane – YOUNGSTOWN CITY SCHOOLS (verified owner)


  9. Janet – YOUNGSTOWN CITY SCHOOLS (verified owner)

    A lot of stats

  10. Victoria – YOUNGSTOWN CITY SCHOOLS (verified owner)

    It is full of statistics that are intriguing and not well known typically.

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