Center for Psychology in Schools and Education (CPSE) update

NSF conference on the future of education for STEM-talented adolescents

APA hosted the Future of STEM Talent Education conference, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, from July 10-12, 2013. The conference served as the culmination of APA’s Study of the Impact of Specialized Public High Schools of Science, Mathematics and Technology that focuses on specialized public science, mathematics and technology (SMT) high school graduates who completed high school within the last four to six years and compares outcomes with similarly talented graduates from traditional high schools who participated in out-of-school science enrichment programs. Conference attendees included leaders from 20 selective U.S. science public high schools, executive directors and research staff from talent search programs at Johns Hopkins University and Northwestern University, state and national science education advocacy experts, and policymakers from federal agencies and foundations. The meeting focused on the study’s outcomes and discussed the following: 

  • What are the essential components of these programs that led to these outcomes?
  • Could these percentages increase — and should they?
  • What can we learn from these programs that can be transferred to working with STEM-talented and interested students in regular schools?

Attendees participated in workshops designed to build on data outcomes that CPSE had provided from the study. APA also created a listserv — the Future of STEM Talent Education — to help conference attendees stay connected.

CPSE coalition meeting

The Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education met June 7-9, 2013 in Washington, D.C., to discuss current and future projects aimed at translating psychological science into resources for pre-K through grade12 education. Ongoing projects include “Top 20 Psychological Principles for K-12 Education” and “Multidisciplinary Teams in a School Environment.”

Irv Richardson, the meeting’s speaker, provided information on the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and reviewed the main points of a recent CCSSO document that addressed the states’ relationship with teacher preparation programs. He also facilitated a discussion of how APA’s coalition and CCSSO could work together, and he introduced a new and exciting online resource called Lumibook.

Creativity in the classroom

Coalition member Steven Pritzker, PhD (Div. 10: Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts), James Kaufman, PhD, and Ron Beghetto, PhD, are developing an online module addressing creativity in the classroom. Through the use of interviews with renowned scholars in the field and practice-based narrative, this module will give an overview of the use of creativity in a classroom context and provide teachers with strategies on how to use creativity in enhancing academic outcomes. 

Early Learning Guidelines Toolkit

Led by coalition member Roseanne Flores, PhD, the Early Learning Guidelines Toolkit project stemmed from a finding by leading specialists in early childhood education that there was no source that incorporated all of the pre-K teaching guidelines. The toolkit is a “what works” site that will act as a comprehensive resource for teachers in the form of a series of informational and interactive webpages.