Skillful Teaching & Outreach Programs

Trevor Tebbs

The aims are to increase the self-efficacy of teachers towards their professional task; introduce teachers to a set of discrete skills and strategies whereby they may become more aware, knowledgeable as professionals and thereby more self-efficacious; establish the importance of higher order thinking capability as an element of skillful teaching; and by combining knowledge and understanding at this time raise skill levels in teachers.

Trevor J. Tebbs, Ph.D., is a veteran educator who received his initial training and experience in the United Kingdom. He attended Bristol University where he studied special education. He taught children of all ages in regular and special education settings. While vice-principal of a special school he compiled a text - Ways and Means: A resource book for teachers of language disorder children published by MacMillan in 1978. He now calls Vermont, USA, home. In the United States he has worked as a freelance artist, a college art professor, a special educator, an art teacher and an enrichment coordinator. An increasing interested in giftedness led Trevor to study educational psychology with an emphasis on giftedness and counseling with Joseph Renzulli and his team at the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented (NRC/ GT), based at the University of Connecticut (UConn). While at UConn he worked with older gifted/ highly able individuals as Assistant Director of the Honors Program. Since that time he has taught prospective educators in various university and college education and psychology departments including the Psychology Department of Castleton State College, Castleton, Vermont, where he enjoys teaching various courses including Seminars in Giftedness. Trevor has become increasingly involved with the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC) as an assistant editor of the WCGTC journal Gifted and Talented International (GTI).