From the Educuation Directorate

The APA Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) invites psychologists or graduate students to volunteer for the TOPSS Speakers Bureau.

PTN Newsletter Submissions

The Psychology Teacher Network (PTN) newsletter is a quarterly publication of the APA Education Directorate sent to all APA High School and Community College Teacher Affiliates, APA Members at community colleges, and subscribers. Divisions are invited to submit articles or announcements to the PTN for publication. If there is psychology news or information that your division would like to share with high school and community college teachers, please consider submitting to the PTN! Submissions can be sent to Martha Boenau, APA Education Directorate, via Email or to Psychology Teacher Network, Education Directorate, at the APA Address.


Invitation to assign Monitors to National Standards Working Group

All APA Divisions are invited to assign Monitors to the National Standards Working Group, to help facilitate communication between the Working Group and the Divisions on the second revision of the National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula (APA, 2005). APA Boards and Committees have also been invited to assign Monitors to the Working Group. Monitors will receive any relevant communications between the Working Group and the Division to help ensure that communication on the revision process is smooth and transparent, and will serve as a point of contact between the Working Group and the Division. Monitors would not attend meetings of the Working Group. Divisions can submit Monitor names and contact information to Emily Leary in the APA Education Directorate via Email.

The National Standards Working Group met in November 2007 to review all submitted feedback on the National Standards (submitted by APA Boards, Committees, and Divisions) and to begin a new draft of the document. In the spirit of allowing for a broad and thorough review of the National Standards by many communities and stakeholders, the revision process will most likely occur over the course of several years. There will be ample opportunities for review and comment by all interested constituencies. The National Standards are available online.


Call for Teaching Institute Site Proposals

The American Psychological Association Education Directorate and the APA Committee of Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) are developing plans to convene a second Institute for high school psychology teachers during the summer of 2009.

APA hosted an inaugural week-long institute for high school psychology teachers in July 2007 on biopsychology. Thirty-one teachers from fourteen states attended the first APA-sponsored institute. During the week, teachers attended sessions on biopsychology presented by expert psychologists and master high school teachers. Teachers also worked in small groups to update unit lesson plans that were originally developed by APA in the 1990s. These unit lesson plans provide teachers with content, activities, and resources to be used in their classes.

The APA Education Directorate and TOPSS invite applications from universities or colleges that would like to host the 5 day Institute at their institution. APA and TOPSS are considering the week of July 19-24, 2009 as the tentative date. The 2009 Institute will focus on Research Methods.

Support as the host for the Institute would include such items as: room and board for approximately 36 participants, administrative assistance with the production of materials developed on site (computers and photocopying facilities), availability of classrooms for plenary sessions and smaller discussion rooms, accessibility to major airports and/or shuttle transportation, and the identification of a conference site assistant or 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. An institution with psychology faculty members with expertise in Research Methods would also be desirable.

All applications and inquiries must be received by June 1, 2008 and sent to: Emily Leary via Email or to the Education Directorate, at the APA Address.


Call for Volunteers for TOPSS Speakers Bureau

The APA Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) invites psychologists or graduate students to volunteer for the TOPSS Speakers Bureau. The Speakers Bureau contains a list of current and retired psychologists who are interested in visiting local high school psychology classrooms to speak with students about their careers and experiences in psychology. Many high schools have psychology clubs, and teachers could tap into the TOPSS Speakers Bureau to find local psychologists to speak at club events. This is a wonderful way for young students to learn about psychology, and psychologists would have the satisfaction of sharing their experiences with eager students.

You can learn more from the TOPSS website. The Speakers Bureau will also be available for community colleges and four year colleges and universities, so participants should be willing to speak with any level of students.

If you are interested in participating in the TOPSS Speakers Bureau, please contact Ryan Zimmerman via Email by April 1, 2008. Please be sure to include your location, contact information, and area of expertise or experience.


2008 Accreditation Assembly: Registration is Open!

The Commission on Accreditation (CoA) invites you to attend 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 at (202) 336-5979 with questions.