From the Education Directorate

The Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education convened to initiate and advance several projects that promote its mission of advancing the quality of PK-12 education through the application of psychological science.

Fund Your Conference

The Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) is awarding $5,000 in grants in 2008 to support conferences on enhancing the quality of undergraduate education in psychology and advancing the teaching of psychology at the secondary, two-year, or four-year level. To be considered for funding, the conference must be directed by an APA member, associate or affiliate. The grant may be used to offset travel expenses of selected conference participants, registration fees of conference participants and speaker fees.

Applicants may receive up to $1,000 during a given year. However, if fewer than five acceptable applications are received in a given year, the BEA may award more than one block grant to the same conference in that year.

Funding requests for teaching conferences in 2008 should be postmarked by February 4. Send written requests to Martha Boenau, Education Directorate, at the APA address or via Email.


2008 Accreditation Assembly: Save the Date!

The Commission on Accreditation (CoA) invites you to save the date for the 2008 Accreditation Assembly on Evidence-Based Outcomes: Assessing Achievement of Educational Goals, Objectives and Competencies. The event will be held May 30-31, 2008 in Minneapolis, MN. Topics will include outcome assessment workshops, providing the CoA with feedback on revisions to the Accreditation Guidelines and Principles, diversity training in psychology programs, and much more! Contact the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation via Email or (+1/202) 336-5979 for details.


BEA Seeks Nominations!

The Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) is seeking nominations for three positions. Each position will have a three-year term. BEA welcomes nomination of individuals with expertise in any of BEA's major domains of interest, which include: 1) graduate, postdoctoral, continuing education and life-long education and training; 2) pre-college and undergraduate education; 3) educational standards, quality assurance, evaluation and continuous improvement; and 4) application of psychology to educational processes and the role of psychology in school systems. BEA particularly encourages nomination of individuals with knowledge of and/or experience with the federal advocacy process as it relates to psychology education and training. APA members are eligible to nominate or self nominate. Submissions are due February 15th, 2008. For information on how to nominate, please contact Garnett Coad via Email or (+1/202) 336-6087.


Comment on Programs up for 2008 and 2009 Accreditation Review

APA’s Committee on Accreditation (CoA) is accepting third-party testimony from students, faculty, and consumers on all programs scheduled for site visits and periodic reviews during 2008 and 2009.

Listings of the programs scheduled for review, programs applying for initial accreditation, instructions for provision of third-party comment, and deadlines for filing comment can be found on the World Wide Web at For details on providing third-party testimony, refer to section 7 of the Accreditation Operating Procedures, located at This information is also available by contacting APA’s Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, at the APA address, or by calling (+1/202) 336-5979.


The Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education

The Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education convened for its December meeting in DC to initiate and advance several projects that promote its mission of advancing the quality of PK-12 education through the application of psychological science. Projects identified:

  • Answer “What is the core knowledge that a high quality educator needs to know from psychology?” Information will be solicited from divisions to inform: Principles for Designing the Professional Education of Teachers

  • Collect resources and post them for teachers based on the Coalition’s Teacher Needs Survey. The Coalition will identify existing resources that can be “endorsed” in the areas of communicating with parents and assessment.

  • Produce a book and conference series on teaching in challenging contexts. Each year would focus on different challenging teaching and learning contexts.

  • Explore the psychological transitions teachers and other educators experience as they advance in the profession. Areas of exploration will include career satisfaction and the psychological underpinnings of leadership/supervision. Conjointly, the Coalition will develop a brochure entitled “So You/your partner/spouse are a New Teacher (or is leaving the discipline)” with advice about how to stay healthy and productive in the profession, or how to deal with leaving the profession.