From the Education Directorate

APA has recently developed the Committee of Psychology Teachers at Community Colleges (PT@CC) to create initiatives to serve the needs of psychology faculty at community colleges.

APA Welcomes Psychology Teachers at Community Colleges

APA has recently developed the Committee of Psychology Teachers at Community Colleges (PT@CC) to create initiatives to serve the needs of psychology faculty at community colleges.

PT@CC and its parent board, the Board of Educational Affairs (BEA), proposed the establishment of a new affiliate membership category of APA that will allow community college faculty to join APA as affiliate members at a greatly reduced rate and receive the Monitor along with discounts on publications. This membership category has been approved by the Board of Directors and the Council of Representatives and will go to a bylaws vote in November. If approved as anticipated, the new affiliate category will be in effect by January 2003 and applications will be available from the APA Membership Office.

Please pass this information on to your community college faculty colleagues who may wish to take advantage of the opportunity to become affiliate members of APA. We also encourage APA members and affiliates with an interest in psychology at community colleges to participate in the ongoing development of PT@CC and its initiatives. For further information on PT@CC or the new affiliate membership category, please contact Martha Boenau in the Education Directorate.

The Board of Educational Affairs Technology Working Group

The Board of Educational Affairs Technology Working Group is seeking input on its summary report: “Technology Competencies for Psychology Students.” For more info, you may also contact Greg White.

Gifted Dialogue: CE Opportunities for APA Members

The American Psychological Foundation’s Esther Katz Rosen Center for Gifted Education Policy (CGEP) has posted the first issue of its online journal, Gifted Dialogue, Fall, 2002 (www.apa.org/ed/cgep.html). The unique focus of this publication is to attract interest in studying and serving gifted children and adolescents.

Gifted Dialogue offers continuing professional development by offering opportunities to earn CE credit through APA’s Continuing Professional Education program. In addition to presenting articles to read for CE credit, Gifted Dialogue will announce available CE workshops about various aspects and issues surrounding giftedness. Giftedness involves many areas of psychology including developmental psychology, psychology in the arts, educational psychology, school psychology, sports psychology, and clinical child psychology. Psychologists interested in the social and emotional development of adolescents, Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, creativity, performance anxieties and successes, underachievement, perfectionism, testing and assessment, resiliency, and intelligence will find the newsletter a must read.

The first issue features three articles on the finalists from the Intel Science Talent Search, the nation’s most prestigious high school science competition. “Sleepless in Seattle. . .New York: The 2002 Intel Science Talent Search Finalists” highlights the fact that these remarkable young people are not only nationally-ranked scientists but also accomplished musicians, athletes, linguists, and writers. Interviews with four of the finalists whose projects were in the behavioral and social sciences explore these implications further. The first issue also features a related article on Intel finalist Wenyi Cai, who at 17, is actively advocating for science research to serve as a commonplace educational experience in the public high schools. In addition, the first issue directs readers to previously published APA classics, written by Dr. Ellen Winner, “The Origins and Ends of Giftedness,” and by Dr. Stephen I. Pfeiffer, “Professional Psychology and the Gifted: Emerging Practice Opportunities.”

Dr. Janet Soller, editor of the Gifted Dialogue, also envisions many publishing and editing opportunities for APA and APAGS members. Please contact Dr. Soller for additional information at 202-336-6129.