From the Education Directorate

Outline of standards that high school psychology students should be taught in introductory psychology courses. Emphasis on the importance of the scientific foundations and applications of psychology in high school curricula.

National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula

APA welcomes feedback on the National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula, a document created for policy makers, educational administrators, and teachers. These standards outline what high school psychology students should be taught in the introductory psychology course. The standards emphasize the importance of the scientific foundations and applications of psychology and demonstrate the breadth of the field of psychology in the high school curriculum.

For more information contact: Emily Leary, Precollege Psychology Programs Officer, at (+1/202) 572-3013 or via e-mail.


APA Divisions Invited to Create PowerPoint Demonstrations for Use in High School Classrooms

The APA Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) has created a PowerPoint template to encourage APA Divisions to create PowerPoint demonstrations on each Division’s content area. The template outlines the following topics: history, main topics and theories, current issues, careers, and resources. Once created, these demonstrations will be linked to the TOPSS web site to be accessed and used by high school teachers in their classrooms for instructional purposes. Created demonstrations should be about 8-12 slides in length. View the template online.

Templates can be submitted to Emily Leary via e-mail. Questions? Contact Emily via e-mail or phone (+1/202) 572-3013.


Call for National Conference Site Proposals

The American Psychological Association Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) is developing plans to convene a National Conference on Undergraduate Education in Psychology in June 2008. Through the efforts of a new BEA Steering Committee, a proposal for the conference has been drafted that includes a conference framework and preliminary recommendations for major issues and topics for the conference, presenters, participants, funding sources, and a conference format. Members of the BEA Steering Committee include Diane Halpern, PhD, Chair, Bernard Beins, PhD, Ludy Benjamin, Jr., PhD, William Buskist, PhD, Ladonna Lewis, PhD, and Valerie Whittlesey, PhD. Charlie Blair-Broeker serves as a liaison for precollege psychology and Courtney Rocheleau serves as a liaison representing the early teaching career perspective. Charles Brewer, PhD, and Barry Anton, PhD, are liaisons from the APA Board of Educational Affairs and the APA Board of Directors, respectively.

The Steering Committee invites applications from universities or colleges that would like to host the 4-5 day national conference at their institution. The committee is considering the week of June 21-June 28, 2008 as the tentative date.

Support as the host for the National Conference would include such items as: room and board for approximately 75 to 80 participants, administrative assistance with the production of materials developed on site (computers and photocopying facilities), availability of large rooms for plenary sessions and smaller discussion rooms, accessibility to major airports and/or shuttle transportation, and the identification of a conference site manager at the institution to be responsible for coordination of the meeting rooms and meals, etc. Prior institutional experience in hosting such an event would be a desirable asset.


All applications and inquiries must be received by April 30, 2007 and sent to: BEA Steering Committee for the National Conference on Undergraduate education in Psychology, c/o Martha Boenau, Education Directorate, at the APA Address.


APA Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) Grants In Support of Precollege and Undergraduate Teaching Conferences

To enhance the quality of teaching and learning outcomes, the Board of Educational Affairs reviews proposals for financial support to award $5,000 in BEA Block Grants each year.

Criteria

To be considered for funding, applications must meet the following criteria:

  • the conference must advance the teaching of psychology at the secondary, 2-year, and/or 4-year level;

  • the conference must be directed by an APA member, associate, or affiliate;

  • the grant must be requested by an APA member, associate, or affiliate; and

  • the grant must be used to offset travel expenses of selected conference participants, registration fees of conference participants, and/or speaker fees.

It is possible that conferences that have received block grants two years in a row may not be funded or may be funded at lower levels on the third consecutive application to ensure that a variety of conferences receive grants.

Proposals for block grants will be reviewed and evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Conference Goals and Activities. Proposals will be rated on the perceived importance and innovativeness of the conference as well as the clarity and completeness of the description of the conference objectives and activities. (A conference announcement/ brochure should be submitted with the application.)

  • Composition of Target Audience. Proposals will be rated on the potential impact and suitability of content for the target audience.
    Budgetary Information. Proposals will be rated on the clarity and completeness of the description of the conference budget, anticipated expenses, as well as confirmed and anticipated sources and amounts of funding.

  • Following the evaluation of the proposals, the BEA Block Grants Subcommittee will recommend monetary awards based on the availability of funds and on the quality of the applications. *

Applicants may be awarded up to $1,000 during a given year. If fewer than five acceptable applications are received in a given year, the BEA may award more than one block grant (and more than $1,000) to the same conference in that year.

Deadline:

Funding requests for teaching conferences should be postmarked by February 23, 2007. Please send written requests to:
Martha Boenau
Education Directorate
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242

The Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology (CRSPPP) is requesting review and comment from all APA boards and committees, divisions, and relevant external communities of interest on the proposed changes to the Principles for the Recognition of Specialties in Professional Psychology The changes are available for viewing at the CRSPPP website.

CRSPPP periodically considers revisions to the document which describes the process by which the APA and CRSPPP consider petitions for initial and renewed recognition of specialties and proficiencies in professional psychology and is requesting review and comment on the proposed changes to the attached document, Procedures for Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology. The changes are available for viewing at the CRSPPP website.

CRSPPP is requesting review and comment by March 5, 2007. Comments may be submitted Joan Freund via e-mail. Written comments may also be submitted to Joan Freund, Office of Graduate Education and Training, Education Directorate, at the APA Address. For more information, contact Joan Freund at (+1/202) 336-5967.


APA Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education

APA’s Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education, focused on improving PK-12 education, convened for its biannual meeting on December 1-3, 2006 in Washington DC to advance several initiatives. Representatives from several divisions were presented including divisions 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology), 15 (Educational Psychology), 16 (School Psychology), 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), 25 (Behavior Analysis), 27 (Society for Community Research and Action), 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women) and affiliated groups, including the Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment (CPTA), APA’s Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) and APA’s Board of Educational Affairs (BEA).

The Coalition’s initiatives include projects committed to designing and improving professional development around the needs of teachers identified by the Coalition’s Teachers’ Needs Survey (the survey asked PK-12 teachers how psychologists could assist with their professional development needs and in what format, there were over 2300 respondents).

One such initiative which the Coalition reviewed and further advanced during its December meeting was the Coalition’s development of an Online Academy professional development module entitled “Practical Classroom Management: Class-wide and Individual Strategies.” This was in response to the Coalition’s Teachers’ Needs Survey which indicated a large majority of teachers wanted professional development activities related to instructional skills and classroom management. The module is being developed by Dr. Russell Skiba and Dr. Jack Cummings from Indiana University and presents an introduction to identifying and understanding Pre-K-12 classroom management problems while providing educators with the necessary skills needed to implement various effective management strategies.

The Coalition also reviewed the Board of Educational Affair’s Task Force on Applying Psychological Science to Teaching and Learning’s developed teaching strategies. These teaching strategies were based on the Task Force’s expertise, the available psychological literature, and recent findings from the Coalition’s Teacher Needs Survey. These teaching strategies will be posted on APA’s website, facilitating the communication of psychological science related to teaching and learning in ways that are accessible to teachers. This information will be of special use to federal agencies, education and psychology researchers. The Task Force plans to complete its work in 2007.

At the December meeting, the Coalition also discussed its recommendations for the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and furthered their agreement on legislative language amending NCLB. The Coalition focused on promoting greater accountability, teaching and learning assessment, teacher quality and student achievement through scientifically based educational practices and policy.


Request for Public Comment on Accreditation Policies

The Committee on Accreditation (CoA) is making available a proposed change to Section 6 of the Accreditation Operating Procedures related to extending the timeframe for filing a complaint against an accredited program. This proposal is available for comments from November 14, 2006 until February 14, 2007.

The CoA is also proposing a new Implementing Regulation defining “the equivalent thereof” for residency requirements in Domain A.4 of the Guidelines and Principles for Accreditation of Programs in Professional Psychology for doctoral graduate programs. This proposal is available for comments from November 14, 2006 until May 14, 2007.

The full text of the potential change to Section 6 of the Accreditation Operating Procedures, as well as the proposed Implementing Regulation that defines “the equivalent thereof” for residency requirements in Domain A.4 of the Guidelines and Principles for doctoral graduate programs, is available on the accreditation Web site and comments and reactions from all interested individuals and organizations are requested. In an effort to promote thoughtful discussion, the CoA is providing an electronic-based comment form for public review and submission of all comments.