Telementoring: A Teacher’s Perspective of the Effectiveness of the International Telementor Program

Chance W. Lewis
Colorado State University


The purpose of this study is to inform the reader how K-12 teachers perceive the idea of using telementoring in their classrooms. Teachers in this study evaluated the effectiveness of the International Telementor Program (ITP), which is one of the world’s largest formal telementoring programs. The International Telementor Program creates matches between industry professionals from ITP sponsor companies and students (4th grade through college) targeting specific communities around the world. The ITP program creates project-based online mentoring support for students and teachers in classrooms and home environments with a focus on serving a diverse student population. Since 1995 over 11,000 students have been served throughout nine countries. Teachers provided their insights of the benefits and challenges of working in the International Telementor Program in the K-12 setting. Teachers gave responses using both quantitative and qualitative formats.

About the Author(s)...

Dr. Chance W. Lewis is assistant professor at Colorado State University teaching courses in the areas of Multiculturalism in public schools, Educational Technology, and educational methodology utilizing both service-learning and school-university-community partnership (Professional Development School Partnership) delivery systems. His research interests are in the areas of preparing teachers to effectively teach in multicultural classrooms and bridging the digital divide for students in all sectors of public education. He can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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